The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the nation’s first public university, founded in 1789. It has established itself as one of the most prominent public institutions in the nation, ranking No. 1 among the nationâ€™s public universities in The Princeton Review’s 2012 “Best Value Colleges,” a list based on academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. It also ranked No. 29 among universities across the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of “Best Colleges.”
The school is home to more than 18,500 undergraduates and has a total enrollment of 29,000 students, who can participate in an array of programs and activities. These include study abroad programs in more than 70 countries, several undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, and more than 30,000 internships worldwide. Chapel Hill is known as one of the best college towns in the country. UNC’s sports team, the North Carolina Tar Heels, is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and its basketball team has one of the most successful programs in college basketball. The university is also a national leader among public universities in the number of students who win prestigious national and international scholarships such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman.
UNC offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees through 15 schools, the largest of which is the College of Arts and Sciences. Other schools include the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The most popular of 77 undergraduate majors include communication studies, biology, and psychology. The school also offers 109 master’s degrees, 66 doctoral degrees, and six professional degree programs. Graduate programs include the highly ranked Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Education, and the School of Law. UNC’s honors program, known as Honors Carolina, is one of the nation’s most challenging and inclusive honors programs. Honors Carolina is a collection of courses, special events, and learning opportunities that aim to challenge qualified students at UNC.
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education serves adult learners through credit and noncredit course offerings. Distance education programs, certificates, and courses are available in exclusively online or blended formats. Carolina Courses Online offers credit-based courses during the fall and spring semester and one extended summer session. Students can also choose to enroll in self-paced courses, which can take up to nine months, at any time of the year. Graduate and professional certificates are also available through a number of schools, such as the schools of journalism and mass communication; nursing; public health; and social work.
UNC Chapel Hill is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been since 1900. It is also accredited by several agencies for specific programs. For instance, it is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council on Education for Public Health, and 12 other specialized accreditation agencies.
All first-time freshmen may submit the Common Application along with a short supplement for UNC. Students may also apply through the College Foundation of North Carolina. Each first-year student must also submit a counselor statement, transcripts, one teacher recommendation, SAT and/or ACT test scores, essays, and a non-refundable $80 application fee. Transfer students must submit all of the above except for the counselor form and the teacher recommendation. The early action deadline is October 15, and the regular decision deadline is January 5. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. UNC’s acceptance rate is 32.5%, and its early acceptance rate is 41.5%.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Admissions
103 South Bldg, CB #9100
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599