See what students say:


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.” 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.” Ultimately, 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!”

Campus Life

UNC offers its “more than 19,000 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 studentathletes.” 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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Michael Davis
Sr. Associate Director

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

(919) 966-3621


Experience College Life

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

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
(919) 966-3621

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:30am, 11:00am, and 2:30pm (T, R); 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm (M, W, F)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



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.


Applicants: 57,902
Acceptance Rate: 19%
Average HS GPA: 4.50



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