See what students say:

Academics

Citing “academic prestige” and “affordability,” the “beautiful,” “historic” setting, and “world-renowned” faculty, students take pride in “being a Tar Heel” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The professors at UNC Chapel Hill are “top-notch, many of them being academic celebrities,” but “like the students, are never flashy” and remain “humble.” Students find that their professors frequently stress that they are here to “learn from you all as much as you are here to learn from me.” UNC offers undergrads “bountiful resources” as “one of the top public research universities in the nation,” and students have the opportunity to participate in this research by applying for “generous academic grants.” Academics are “rigorous,” but the “quality of teaching makes the material intellectually stimulating.” The college is fairly large, so students will likely attend “large lecture-hall style classes,” yet students stress that as they advance, “class sizes are smaller,” and this “leads to “the opportunity to build more personal relationships with professors.” UNC’s “reputation and ranking in STEM programs,” along with its well-regarded business school, are among its greatest strengths. Said one transfer student, “I visited countless top universities,” but UNC was the only one that had a “population…both economically and ethnically diverse.”

Student Body

The student body is “as helpful, as it is inquisitive, and as creative as it is caring.” For every “get-to-know-you question someone asks you,” there is a “student happy to direct you to your classes.” Everyone at Carolina is “fun, energetic, and passionate about something.” UNC is “unified unlike any other school I have encountered,” says one student, “whether it’s in the common support of a sports team, music group, or simply the pride in saying you are a Tar Heel.” Another student agrees, “Donning Carolina blue almost constantly, we all just really love our school!” The students “are smart, but they aren’t haughty and ostentatious about it.” Students are “generally liberal, but there is a vocal religious/conservative presence on campus as well.” Although there is a “large Greek population, Greek life isn’t quite as conservative as it is at many other southern schools.”

Campus Life

UNC offers its “more than 18,000 undergrads” a host of opportunities to socialize, relax, and pack themselves all together at the Dean E. Smith Center to cheer on the men’s basketball team. Carolina has strong athletics, including opportunities for “potential student-athletes.” For non-athletes, it’s a great school to be a fan, “as basketball games especially create a special campus atmosphere that nothing can recreate.” Despite the university’s size, life on campus generally moves at a “slow pace”—in a good way. The campus is full of “gorgeous old buildings, towering oak trees, and ubiquitous birds, squirrels, and chipmunks,” and students “love walking through the upper quad,” a “beautiful green area with lots of old trees.” Raleigh is “only 30 minutes away” and “Durham only 15,” so students will head out there on weekends, and if they need to unwind during the week, they go “out to bars on Franklin Street.” There’s “always a party going on at UNC,” but there are also “plenty of ways to have fun if you’re not into the party scene.” There are several “day hikes somewhat close to campus,” and Carrboro is “within walking distance,” providing a “hip space for social life including a farmers market, concert venue[s], and many bars and restaurants.””

Overview

Applicants
40,919
Acceptance Rate
24%
Average HS GPA
4.67

GPA Breakdown

96%
Over 3.75
2%
3.50 - 3.74

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — October 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
State Residency

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
2,313
with Terminal Degree
1,764

1,248
Men
1,065
Women
395
Minority
66
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • 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.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.

  • 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, Other.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist.
  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, 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, General.

  • 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/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$51,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$96,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$52,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,700

Percent High Job Meaning
51%

Percent STEM
18%


Students Say

UNC-Chapel Hill'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. Handshake 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 $51,200, and 51 percent believe their job holds a great deal of meaning.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,882

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,607

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,993

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
40%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,214

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,128

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,881
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$33,202
Required Fees
$1,967
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$948

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,054
Transportation for Commuters
$804

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,190
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,862
Foreign Countries Represented
93

Demographics

10.67%
Asian
7.96%
African-American
7.83%
Hispanic
62.17%
Caucasian
3.70%
Unknown
2.69%
International

59% female
41% male
16% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
51%
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

Program / Service Name
Learning Center - ADHD/LD Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Tiffany Bailey

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Requested documentation is not based on type of disability but rather related to functional limitations and the requested accommodations as a result of the identified functional limitation. The following information is generally requested from all students identifying in the Accessibility Resource and Service department: (1) Self-Identification Form, to be completed by person requesting registration with ARS and accommodations; (2) Current documentation prepared by a professional relevant to the requested accommodations; and/or (3) If applicable / available, historical use of accommodations via IEPs, SOPs, 504s or other accommodation approvals.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Requested documentation is not based on type of disability but rather related to functional limitations and the requested accommodations as a result of the identified functional limitation. The following information is generally requested from all students identifying in the Accessibility Resource and Service department: (1) Self-Identification Form, to be completed by person requesting registration with ARS and accommodations; (2) Current documentation prepared by a professional relevant to the requested accommodations; and/or (3) If applicable / available, historical use of accommodations via IEPs, SOPs, 504s or other accommodation approvals.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
796
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
24
Number of Religious Organizations
55

18% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

34% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

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

Day Care
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.

95/99
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
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melody Levy
Sr. Assistant Director

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: Varies
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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