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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 18,430, 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 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 30. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,694 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,446 (2012-13).
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. Nearly 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 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 U.S. Senator John Edwards all earned degrees from UNC.
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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.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, it's important to note the application deadline is January 5, and the early action deadline is October 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is $80. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 40.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||31.4%|
|Application deadline||January 5|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 31|
The student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is 14:1, and the school has 32.9 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; Biology, General; Psychology, General; Business Administration, Management and Operations; and Political Science and Government. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.8 percent.
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,430, with a gender distribution of 41.8 percent male students and 58.2 percent female students. At this school, 46.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.0 percent of students live off campus. University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||Yes|
Paying for School
At University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, 41.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,172.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$7,694 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$28,446 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,734 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data