Carolina by the Numbers

  • 18,862undergraduate students
  • 3,850faculty
  • 1stand only public university in the United States to award degrees in 18th century
  • 11,049graduate & professional students
  • 65doctoral degree programs and 7 professional degree programs
  • 77bachelor's degree programs
  • 111master's degree programs
Quick Facts: More than 322,000 alumni living in 50 states and D.C. and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina. Two Nobel Laurates: Aziz Sancar in 2015 and Oliver Smithies in 2007. 40,926 applicants to class of 2021 for the 12th consecutive record of first-year applicants. It was an 13.7 percent over 2016. 13-to-one student to faculty ratio. 87 percent of classes have less than 50 students World Class education: First 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. Named third best public university by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Named fifth best public university by U.S. News and World Report for the 17th year. Named 11th best public by Forbes. Eshelman School of Pharmacy ranked first by U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 graduate rankings. Named seventh overall best undergraduate business program by Bloomberg Business Week.
Outreach and service: 56 advisers of the Carolina College Advising Crops are serving 77 North Carolina high schools in the 2017-18 academic year to help students find colleges there they thrive. Named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor role after students, faculty and staff engaged in 1.08 million hours of public service in 2014-2015. Peace Corps ranks Carolina seventh in the 2017 list of top volunteer-producing large colleges and universities.
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 all 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: Receiving the 2017 High Education in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. Created 21 need-based undergraduate award and graduate fellowships in 2016 named after noteworthy “firsts” to honor those from various backgrounds that make up our rich Carolina community.

Innovation and Startups

Ideas require action in order to make them happen. The startup spirit at Carolina fully nurtures those who seek to create, invent, build, design and produce.

  • 4BeAM makespaces on campus
  • $50KMax funding Carolina-based tech projects
  • 22Emerging startups initiated here
  • 14%of students self-identify as future entrepreneurs