Students Say

It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigor doesn’t take a back seat, and the vast majority of students say it’s one of the main reasons they chose the school. The journalism, business, public health, and nursing programs are ranked among the best in the country, but the students hail the overall arts and sciences curriculum because it creates well-rounded adults who “can handle any intellectual obstacle.”

Overview

Applicants
31,332
Acceptance Rate
28%
Average HS GPA
4.59

GPA Breakdown

97%
Over 3.75
1%
3.50 - 3.74

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Deadlines


Regular
January 10

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
State Residency

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigor doesn’t take a back seat, and the vast majority of students say it’s one of the main reasons they chose the school. The journalism, business, public health, and nursing programs are ranked among the best in the country, but the students hail the overall arts and sciences curriculum because it creates well-rounded adults who “can handle any intellectual obstacle.” In describing the instructors, students use words like “world-class,” “brilliant,” and “incredible,” while also noting that they’re “warm,” “welcoming,” and “passionate” about their work and their students. “Most of my professors have been great, and some have been phenomenal.” Faculty members are generous with their time outside of class, patiently explaining “even the most difficult material” and using e-mail to announce changes. Some complain about large classes and warn incoming students that they will have to take the initiative and “speak up,” because they won’t be “coddled.” The school’s academic-advising system still comes in for sharp criticism. “Students are on their own there,” one student says.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
2,006
with Terminal Degree
1,674

1,103
Men
903
Women
470
Minority
89
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biostatistics
  • Pathology/Experimental Pathology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Environmental Health
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael Jordan
basketball star

Erskine Bowles
former White House Chief of Staff

Alexander Julian
fashion designer

Mia Hamm
soccer star

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D
Dir., National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Jill McCorkle
author

James K. Polk
former U.S. President

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

UNC’s comprehensive Career Services assists students throughout their entire undergraduate education. First, volunteer Career Peers can help prep undergrads for the job hunt by facilitating anything from mock interviews to marathon résumé-writing sessions. Careerolina is a one-stop shop for job and internship postings but also for information about on-campus recruiting, career fairs (recent guests include IBM, The Hershey Company, and NBC/Universal), and an assortment? of workshops on topics like LinkedIn profiles or graduate school applications. Recent grads report average starting salaries of $44,200, and 54 percent believe their job holds a great deal of meaning.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
81%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$79,500

Alumni with High Job Meaning
54%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
94

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

The cost of attending Carolina is a real bargain—especially if your home state is North Carolina. In-state students can expect to pay about $8,336 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students have it pretty good too; they can expect to cough up about $33,418 for the cost of tuition and fees for one year. Cost of living in Chapel Hill is pretty cheap too—you can expect room and board to run you just $10,592 per year.

Bang For Your Buck

Carolina meets 100 percent of students’ need, regardless of whether they are North Carolinians or out-of-state residents (entering students with need even receive laptop computers). Aid packages generally contain at least 60 percent in grant and scholarship assistance, with the remaining 40 percent in work-study and loans. Low-income students who are 200 percent below the federal poverty standard do not have to borrow at all to pay for their education—these students are designated Carolina Covenant Scholars and receive packages of grants, scholarships, and student employment. The university awards about 250 merit scholarships each year to students in the first-year class. These scholarships range in value from $2,500 to a full ride. Best of all, there is no separate application for merit scholarships; students are awarded scholarships on a need-blind basis based on information provided in the regular admissions application.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,609

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,791

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,202

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,945

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
40%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,780

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,423
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,505
Required Fees
$1,913
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,484

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,110
Transportation for Commuters
$848

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
State Grants

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

One student after another comments about the feeling of generosity that pervades UNC—“the epitome of Southern hospitality”—and how it extends beyond mere school spirit and the wearing of Carolina blue and white on game days. “Carolina is family,” one student says. “Most of us here are crazy about sports, but most will do anything at all to help a fellow UNC student.” “Although the student body is very diverse, a commonality among students is the desire to serve others and work for humanitarian efforts.” One reason for the closeness is that the vast majority of students hail from the Tar Heel state. So there are “lots of down-home, North Carolina types who excelled in their rural high schools.” Students and faculty are viewed as leaning liberal politically, which makes for some interesting exchanges. “Political activism is huge here,” a student says. But even though it’s a vast school, “it has a place for everyone.” “There are really only two common denominators: commitment to some kind of excellence (academic, extracurricular, etc.) and rooting against Duke.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,350
Out of State
17%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
86

Demographics

9.62%
Asian
8.64%
African-American
7.57%
Hispanic
66.67%
Caucasian
2.45%
Unknown
2.65%
International

58% female
42% male
17% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

With nearly 18,000 undergrads, UNC is large enough that students rarely are lacking for something to do. Tar Heel men’s basketball probably is at the top of the list; indeed, for many rabid fans, the Dean Smith Center is the center of the universe, especially when Duke is the opponent. One student sums up the school’s essence this way: “It’s the feeling of running through the beautiful old quad by Davie Poplar on the way to Franklin Street after a big win.” The consensus is maintaining grades requires such an effort, letting off steam on weekends is a reward. “Life at UNC is full throttle. People work hard and play hard.” Many flock to the bars, restaurants and coffee shops of Franklin Street, but others prefer the music scene in nearby Carrboro or staying on campus to participate in a function sponsored by one of the hundreds of student groups. The campus itself is gorgeous and filled with history. Although only 18 percent of students belong to a fraternity or sorority, the Greek organizations are a big part of the social scene. “When you’re writing thirty-page papers on twentieth-century German philosophy and working two jobs, a night where you get to dress up as a biker chick and listen to AC/DC all night at the bar is a welcome reprieve,” one sorority member says.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Tiffany Bailey

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational Evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
710
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
55

18% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Tar Heels)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Tar Heels)
16 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

As a living laboratory for sustainability and the best value in higher education, UNC has an innovative, high performance campus. Carolina is an ACUPCC signatory and AASHE STARS Gold rated university. Green features include two new LEED Gold lab buildings and a LEED Platinum Education Center, a 32-megawatt cogeneration facility that is nationally recognized for efficiency, several solar arrays and green roofs, and a water reclamation and reuse system that displaces 210 million gallons of potable water annually. UNC has saved $223 million in energy costs and $24 million in water costs since 2003. New buildings are designed to achieve at least LEED Silver. A 1-megawatt generator converts landfill gas into electricity for the grid. A student fee has funded more than $1.5 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The Green Games competition among residence halls reduces water and energy use and increases recycling. Centrally-located water bottle refill stations reduce the use of disposable bottles. More than 7 million free bus rides are provided annually through the Fare Free Transit System. Career services counselors specialize in nonprofit and environmental careers. The three-year “Water In Our World” campus-wide theme encourages collaborative research, teaching, and events on water-related issues. Students work closely with Dining Services to increase purchases of local and sustainably produced foods. Food will be the new campus theme starting in fall 2015. Students can obtain major concentrations or a minor in sustainability. More than 400 undergraduate courses focus on sustainability themes and challenges.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
262

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jazmin Garcia Smith
Sr. Assistant Director for Visits

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
CB #2200 Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

Phone
(919) 962-0672

Email
unchelp@admissions.unc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Pit
McCorkle Place
Polk Place
Dean Smith Center
Student Union
Old Well, Coker Arboretum, Morehead Planetarium, Ackland Art Museum, Kenan Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Franklin Street
North Carolina Botanical Gardens
Jordan Lake
University Lake
Southpoint Mall
Top of the Hill, Varsity Movie Theatre, Suttons Drug Store

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
(919) 962-0672

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://www.admissions.unc.edu/Visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is approximately 20 miles from campus. Taxis and limousines are available for the drive from airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the east, take I-40 W. to Chapel Hill; then follow signs to campus. From the north, take the Hwy. 15/501 S. bypass to Chapel Hill; then follow signs to campus. From the west, take I-85 N., then I-40 E. to Chapel Hill, then follow signs to campus. From the south, take Hwy. 15/501 N. to Chapel Hill, then follow signs to campus.

Local Accommodations
The university has a colonial-style inn right on campus, the Carolina Inn (211 Pittsboro St.; 919-933-2001 or 800-962-8519). Quality Inn (1740 N. Forham Blvd; 919-968-3000), 3 miles away. Its inexpensive rate includes continental breakfast. The Sheraton (Europa Dr.; 919-968-4900) is a moderately priced, full-service hotel with an outdoor pool, tennis court, and nightclub, about 4 miles from the university. The Courtyard by Marriot is a mile from campus.
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Key Stats

31,332
Applicants
18,350
Size
28%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists