University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

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South Building, CB #9100

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Phone: (919) 962-2211
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 7
application deadline

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#30 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. National Universities

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University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is a public institution that was founded in 1789. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,503, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 729 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 30. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,340 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $30,122 (2013-14).

The University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, often referred to as UNC, offers a wide range of student activities. Popular student organizations include The Daily Tarheel, UNC’s student newspaper, and WXYC, the student-run radio station. More than 3,000 students are members of Greek life. Chapel Hill, which surrounds UNC, is often considered one of the best college towns in the country, offering music, restaurants and shopping. Almost half of all undergraduates live on campus in one of the residence halls or apartment complexes. The North Carolina Tar Heels are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and are known for their men’s basketball team, which maintains a storied rivalry with nearby institution Duke University and is one of the most successful programs in college basketball. Former players include Michael Jordan and Vince Carter.

UNC is divided into a number of schools and colleges, the largest of which is the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate programs include the highly ranked Kenan—Flagler Business School, School of Education, School of Law, School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Social Work, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and School of Government. At least 82 percent of each freshmen class must be from North Carolina, as dictated by state law. Actor and former professional basketball player Rick Fox, the 11th president of the United States James K. Polk, and former U.S. Senator John Edwards all earned degrees from UNC.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since its establishment as the nation's first public university in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Our unique school spirit has been forged through more than two centuries of academic excellence, public service, and athletic, professional, and personal achievement. Often called a "public ivy," Carolina is known best for:

One of the strongest and most diverse student bodies in the nation -- a community, composed of students from every state and more than 100 countries, that has produced more Rhodes Scholars over the last 25 years than any other public university and the eleventh most overall.

Academic opportunities that will prepare students to change the world -- innovative programs not found anywhere else, such as our respected and inclusive Honors Program, and opportunities to contribute to ground-breaking research and study abroad in more than 70 countries.

"Best value" in the nation among public universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance eleven consecutive times -- outstanding merit-based scholarships, such as the Morehead-Cain, Pogue, and Robertson, as well as a need-based aid program that that meets full need and enables qualified low-income students to graduate debt-free through the Carolina Covenant.

One beautiful campus -- a classic university setting within the dynamic town of Chapel Hill, where friendly classmates, exciting events, and state-of-the-art resources are only a short walk away.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1789
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $2,157,237,483


When applying to University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, it's important to note the application deadline is January 7, and the early action deadline is October 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 3. The application fee at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is $80. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 27.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 38.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 27.6%
Application deadline January 7
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 3

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is 14:1, and the school has 36.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill include: Communication and Media Studies; Psychology, General; Biology, General; Political Science and Government; and Economics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Communication and Media Studies 11%
Psychology, General 9%
Biology, General 8%
Political Science and Government 7%
Economics 6%

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Student Life

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,503, with a gender distribution of 41.8 percent male students and 58.2 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 29,278
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, 14 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill.

Students who have cars on campus 14%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, 43 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,051.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,340 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $30,122 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,008 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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