University of North Carolina
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Commonly referred to as UNC or Carolina, it is the flagship university of the University of North Carolina System. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest public university in the United States.

Rankings & Recognition

UNC was ranked twelfth in The Best Colleges 2011-2012 ranking of the top 50 colleges and universities in America. It has frequently been ranked in the top 50 by other major American rankings systems, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Newsweek and Princeton Review. The school has also ranked high in international ranking systems like the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities.


UNC is a public research university offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university is required by law to have at least 82% of entering freshman from the state of North Carolina. All undergraduate students receive a liberal arts education with required courses in social science, foreign language, English, history, mathematics and natural sciences. The most popular undergraduate majors at UNC are social sciences, communication and journalism, psychology, biology, and business. Class sizes are relatively small for a public university. The student-to-teacher ratio at UNC is 14:1.

Tuition & Aid

Low-income students from North Carolina can take advantage of UNC’s “Carolina Covenant” program guaranteeing the opportunity to graduate without student loan debt. About 51% of entering freshman receive some kind of financial aid.


Admissions at UNC are relatively selective compared to other public universities, especially for out-of-state students. About 32% of applicants have been admitted in recent years. SAT or ACT scores are required. The early action deadline for UNC is November 2, with a January 30 notification date. The standard fall application deadline is January 31.

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