University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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School Overview

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the main campus for the University of North Carolina System of Higher Learning. 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 the nation’s first public university. UNC is consistently ranked among the top universities in the United States and has a reputation for offering an academic opportunity equal to that of an Ivy League school for the price of an average public university education.

UNC opened its doors to students on February 12, 1795. Today, the school offers over 70 different bachelor’s degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences as well as 14 other schools. 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 school within the university. UNC became a coeducational school in 1877 under President Kemp Plummer Battle. Desegregation began 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 situated in a college 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 shops. 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

Contact: Stephen Farmer

Assistant Provost and Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

CB 9100, 103 South Building

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

(919) 962-2211

Total undergrads: 17,895

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,865

Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,422

Graduate enrollment: 8,275


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
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
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
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(919) 962-2211
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:29,468
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):90%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:25,463 (86% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$8,834
Out-of-state Tuition:$33,916
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:64%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$17,758

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies721
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21114
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services221
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs332
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services222
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics555
Health Professions and Related Programs27189
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Library Science11
Mathematics and Statistics222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies131
Natural Resources and Conservation211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies222
Physical Sciences455
Public Administration and Social Service Professions132
Social Sciences1655
Visual and Performing Arts542
Grand total4618363

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Health Professions and Related Programs141
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total161

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,442

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,58864%
Grant or scholarship aid1,73042%$17,758
Student loan aid1,16529%$6,665

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid9,50552%$15,730
Federal student loans5,74631%$6,436

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants34,88914,41220,477
Percent admitted100%27%27%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%12%12%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment29,468
Undergraduate enrollment18,522
Graduate enrollment10,946

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Endodontics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology- (OMP)
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (OMR)
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
    • Orofacial Pain
    • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics (including maxillofacial prosthetics and combined prosthodontics/maxillofacial prosthetics)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
    • Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
    • (CPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE programs
    • (SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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.

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