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Carolina by the Numbers

  • 19,743undergraduate students
  • 11,796graduate & professional students
  • 1stand only public university in the United States to award degrees in 18th century
  • 4,085faculty
  • 9,023staff members
  • 65doctoral degree programs and 7 professional degree programs
  • 95bachelor's degree programs
  • 104master's degree programs
Quick facts: More than 336,000 alumni living in 50 states and D.C. and 161 countries. More than 182,000 live in North Carolina. Two Nobel Laureates: Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Oliver Smithies won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. 44,784 applicants to the class of 2023 for a 14th consecutive record of first-year applicants. It is a 3 percent increase from 2018. A 13-to-1 student-faculty ratio. 88% of classes have fewer than 50 students. World-class education 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer students high-quality academics at an affordable price, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine for the 18th time. 3rd best public university in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. 5th best public university in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Colleges” guidebook for the 18th year. 9th best public university in Forbes’ American Top College 2018 rankings. 1st School of Medicine primary care programs. 9th on Reuters ranking of the World’s Most Innovation Universities in 2018.
Outreach and service 58 advisers of the Carolina College Advising Corps served 78 North Carolina high schools in the 2018-2019 year to help students find colleges where they will thrive. Peace Corps ranks Carolina 5th in 2019 list of top volunteer-producing large colleges and universities. Named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; during 2014-2015, students, faculty and staff engaged in 1.08 million hours of public service.
Accessibility: For over a decade, the Carolina Covenant has offered more than 6,500 lower-income students who earn admissions the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Carolina meets 100% of the documented need of undergraduates who apply for financial aid on time. One of the 30 founding members of the American Talen Initiative, which aims to attract, enroll and graduate 50,000 high-achieving, lower-income high school students at 270 college and universities with the highest graduation rates by 2025. Diversity: Received the 2018 High Education in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. Created 41 need-based scholarships named for “Noteworthy Firsts” in our community from various backgrounds and “Bridge Builders,” those who work, advocacy and personal example create a more diverse Carolina.

Research and innovation

Carolina's research enterprise has doubled in the last decade, securing UNC-Chapel Hill's prominence as a top national research university.

  • $1.15 billionreached in annual research expenditures at Carolina
  • 6thamong research universities for federal funding devoted to research and development in all fields
  • 11thlargest US research university in research volume
  • 884UNC-Chapel Hill research projects directly addressed the health, education, or well-being of N.C citizens in 2020.
  • 3,000+undergraduates produce original research
  • 52021 winners of the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Awards for junior faculty members; combined grants worth $2.5 million