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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the main campus for University of North Carolina. Also known as UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC, or simply Carolina, it is a co-ed public research university and is the second largest university in the state. UNC began to enroll students in 1795 after being chartered in 1789, making this university one of three schools qualified to be called the oldest public university in the nation. UNC is ranked among the top universities in the United States consistently and is one of the original Ivy League schools that offers a college experience equal to that of an Ivy League school for the low price of an average public university education.

UNC opened its doors to students as the first higher education school in the United States on February 12, 1795. Today, the school offers over 70 different degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences as well as 14 other colleges. Every undergraduate receives a liberal arts degree and has the option once they reach their junior year to pursue a major within the College of Arts or other professional schools within the university. UNC became a coeducational school in 1877 under President Kemp Plummer Battle and desegregation ended in 1951 under Chancellor Robert Burton House when African American students were allowed to attend the school. UNC also opened up its own hospital called UNC Health Care in 1952 for research and treatment and the facility has since specialized in treating cancer. UNC's sports teams, alumni, and students call themselves the "Tar Heels."

UNC's campus is in a university town called Chapel Hill in North Carolina. The campus itself covers only a small section of Chapel Hill's downtown area, about 729 acres, and the campus encompasses places such as the Morehead Planetarium and numerous stores and shop. There are over 550 student organizations, including the student-run newspaper The Daily Tar Heel, which has won national awards for collegiate media, and the student radio station WXYC, the first radio broadcast in the world that's based on the internet. UNC is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, founded on June 14, 1953, in which the school competes athletically as the Tar Heels. UNC has been very successful in its sports programs, especially women's soccer and men's basketball.

General Information

Admission Office
Jackson Hall CB #2200
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200
(919) 966-3621
Fax: (919) 962-3045
unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
Contact: Stephen Farmer
Assistant Provost and Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
CB 9100, 103 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211
www.unc.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 17,895
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,865
Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,422
Graduate enrollment: 8,275

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 - 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $5,340 $5,397 $5,625 $6,665 +18.49%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,028 +2.80%
Living Arrangement - On Campus
Room and Board $7,090 $7,334 $8,670 $9,306 +7.34%
Other $2,320 $2,462 $2,556 $3,306 +29.34%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus
Room and Board $8,166 $8,118 $8,670 $9,306 +7.34%
Other $1,960 $2,064 $2,128 $3,306 +55.36%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $15,750 $16,193 $17,851 $20,305 +13.75%
In-state Off Campus $16,466 $16,579 $17,423 $20,305 +16.54%
In-state with Family $6,340 $6,397 $6,625 $7,693 +16.12%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,363
In-state Student Fees $1,839
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $21,093
Out-of-state Fees $1,839

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,948 51%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,612 42% $14,640,207 $9,082
• Federal grants 607 16% $2,501,286 $4,121
• Pell grants 490 13% $1,768,833 $3,610
• Other federal grants 541 14% $732,453 $1,354
State/local government grant or scholarships 964 25% $4,319,469 $4,481
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,162 30% $7,819,452 $6,729
Student loan aid 863 22% $4,270,503 $4,948
• Federal student loans 799 21% $3,356,703 $4,201
• Other student loans 137 4% $913,800 $6,670

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5296 1828 1149 - 5
Architecture and Related Services - 57 1 - -
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning - 57 1 - -
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 321 6 - - -
African Studies - - - - -
African-american/black Studies 32 - - - -
American/united States Studies/civilization 13 - - - -
Area Studies, Other 196 - - - -
Asian Studies/civilization 43 - - - -
European Studies/civilization 3 - - - -
Latin American Studies 15 - - - -
Russian Studies 2 6 - - -
Women's Studies 17 - - - -
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 417 42 132 - -
Biochemistry - 2 13 - -
Bioinformatics - - - - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 410 3 10 - -
Biostatistics 7 9 13 - -
Cell/cellular Biology and Histology - - 11 - -
Ecology - 2 4 - -
Epidemiology - 23 24 - -
Genetics - - 19 - -
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology - 1 10 - -
Neurobiology and Anatomy - 1 9 - -
Pathology/experimental Pathology - - 3 - -
Pharmacology - - 7 - -
Physiology - 1 4 - -
Toxicology - - 5 - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 396 548 8 - -
Accounting - 123 - - -
Business Administration and Management 323 425 8 - -
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 73 - - - -
Communication and Journalism Programs 706 29 15 - -
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia - - - - -
Mass Communication/media Studies 443 26 8 - -
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 263 3 7 - -
Computing and Information Sciences 46 43 23 - -
Computer Science 29 16 23 - -
Information Science/studies 17 27 - - -
Education 105 153 21 - -
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services - 17 - - -
Curriculum and Instruction - - 4 - -
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 18 - - - -
Education - 58 15 - -
Educational Leadership and Administration - - 2 - -
Elementary Education and Teaching 67 - - - -
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 19 - - - -
Kindergarten/preschool Education and Teaching - 10 - - -
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 - - - -
Secondary School Administration/principalship - 29 - - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other - 39 - - -
Engineering - 5 11 - -
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering - 4 7 - -
Operations Research - 1 4 - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 213 10 14 - -
English Language and Literature 213 10 14 - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 271 23 12 - -
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10 2 4 - -
Comparative Literature 6 2 1 - -
German Language and Literature 27 4 1 - -
Linguistics 39 1 1 - -
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 181 14 4 - -
Slavic, Baltic, and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 8 - 1 - -
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 416 411 464 - 5
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other - - - - -
Audiology/audiologist - - 7 - -
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist - 22 1 - -
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 18 - - - -
Cytotechnology/cytotechnologist - - - - -
Dental Assisting/assistant - - - - -
Dental Clinical Sciences - 26 2 - -
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 35 - - - 5
Dental Public Health and Education - 4 - - -
Dentistry - - 74 - -
Environmental Health 12 - - - -
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other - - - - -
Health/health Care Administration/management 36 98 10 - -
Maternal and Child Health - 33 7 - -
Medical Radiologic Technology/science - Radiation Therapist 10 - - - -
Medical Scientist - 2 - - -
Medicine - - 140 - -
Movement Therapy and Movement Education - 1 4 - -
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist - - - - -
Nursing Science - - 5 - -
Occupational Therapy/therapist - 19 - - -
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design - 4 16 - -
Pharmacy - - 144 - -
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 59 - - - -
Physical Therapy/therapist - - 40 - -
Public Health Education and Promotion - 45 14 - -
Public Health - 85 - - -
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing - - - - -
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other - 61 - - -
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 246 - - - -
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor - 11 - - -
History 241 17 13 - -
History 241 17 13 - -
Human Services 68 165 13 - -
Public Administration - 29 - - -
Public Policy Analysis 68 - 3 - -
Social Work - 136 10 - -
Legal and Law Studies - - 237 - -
Law - - 237 - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9 - - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 9 - - - -
Library Science - 79 13 - -
Library and Information Science - 79 13 - -
Mathematics and Statistics 91 17 13 - -
Applied Mathematics 22 - - - -
Mathematics and Statistics, Other - 11 1 - -
Mathematics 69 4 7 - -
Statistics - 2 5 - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 74 35 12 - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other - 9 - - -
Nutrition Sciences - 26 12 - -
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 74 - - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation 57 31 13 - -
Environmental Science 23 31 13 - -
Environmental Studies 34 - - - -
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 191 28 - - -
Health and Physical Education/fitness 191 28 - - -
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management - - - - -
Physical Sciences 208 30 56 - -
Chemistry 142 7 36 - -
Geology and Earth Science 9 9 1 - -
Materials Science - 2 5 - -
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6 6 - - Physical Sciences, Other 33 - - - - Physics 24 6 8 - - Psychology 407 31 17 - - Psychology 407 21 14 - - School Psychology - 10 3 - - Social Sciences 887 46 55 - - Anthropology 62 4 12 - - Archeology 4 - - - - Economics 295 7 14 - - Geography 28 5 5 - - Political Science and Government 370 26 12 - - Sociology 128 4 12 - - Visual and Performing Arts 157 22 6 - - Art History, Criticism and Conservation 27 5 - - - Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 44 9 - - - Fine/studio Arts 41 4 - - - Music Performance 33 - - - - Music 12 - - - - Musicology and Ethnomusicology - 4 6 - - Work and Family Studies 15 - - - - Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 15 - - - -
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $70
Online application fee: $70
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 34%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 22,288
Percent Admitted: 34%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 52%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 590 (25th Percentile)
  • 700 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 610 (25th Percentile)
  • 710 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 590 (25th Percentile)
  • 690 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 27 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 26 (25th Percentile)
  • 32 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 9 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
European Studies B
International studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music - General B
Music - General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Biostatistics B
Pathology - Human/Animal B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Education
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature - General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Romance Languages B
Slavic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Cytotechnology C
Dental Assistance C
Dental Hygiene B,C
Environmental Health B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear medicine technology C
Nursing (RN) B
Pharmaceutical Sciences B

History
History - General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics - General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Applied science B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology - General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.