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About UNC-Chapel Hill

The nation's first public university

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina, throughout the nation and around the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized teaching, groundbreaking research and dedication to public service continue a legacy that began when the University was chartered in 1789 and opened to students four years later.

Statistics as of Jan. 1, 2020

  • No. 1value in American public higher education according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine
  • No. 5public university in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings
  • No. 6on Rueters' ranking of the World's Most Innovative Universities
  • 18,862undergraduate students
  • 3,887faculty members
  • 11,049graduate & professional students


The University offers 74 bachelor’s, 104 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools including the College of Arts & Sciences to prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing workforce. Our students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. They connect to the future they’re already shaping.

More than a third of Carolina undergraduates study in other countries before graduation — one of the highest study abroad rates among public universities nationwide — with 400 programs in 70 countries. UNC-Chapel Hill has produced 49 Rhodes Scholars since the program began in 1904.

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In its third century – an era of groundbreaking study and discovery – UNC-Chapel Hill is harnessing the very best of our fast-changing world. We’re proud to advance knowledge for this and each generation to come. Carolina is 5th in the country in federal research funding among universities and conducts more than $1.1 billion in research activity each year.

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Arts and culture

The arts are a central part of the Carolina experience. Each day, diverse arts programs and courses connect members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community to one another and to the ever-changing local and global culture. Transformative and dynamic, the arts reflect the University’s pursuit of new knowledge and commitment to public service.

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Meet a
Tar Heel

  • Selina Zhang

    Selina Zhang

    Selina Zhang's risky decision to change her major toward the end of her junior year paid off. She snagged a job as a software engineer at tech giant Amazon and launched her career in Seattle.

  • Zack Nodden

    After 10 years enlisted in the Army and deployments to Turkey and Syria, junior Zack Nodden enrolled at Carolina to begin his path to an officer commission.

  • Emma DeMartino

    Emma DeMartino

    Emma DeMartino leads Carolina Helping Paws, a student group that works with the Orange County Animal Shelter to help shelter animals and raise money for their medical procedures.

Get to know Carolina

  • Two female alumnae stop for a selfie.

    Tar Heel Alumni

    Carolina’s more than 336,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and 160-plus countries. Over 182,000 live in North Carolina.

  • Students pose for a photo in graduation caps and gowns.

    Diversity and Inclusion

    At Carolina, diversity and inclusion are about building understanding across differences, creating conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity and cultivating an inclusive and supportive environment for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, faculty and staff – where every person feels valued and has an opportunity to add value.

  • Students cheer during the UNC-Duke basketball game.


    Carolina is educating and inspiring through athletics.

    Nearly 800 student-athletes compete on the University’s 28 varsity teams. Carolina has the eighth-most titles in NCAA history with 44 and has won 139 more ACC championships than any other current member institution. Carolina leads with 279 team titles.

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    Admissions and aid

    We're committed to making a college education affordable for every student who earns a spot at Carolina. Nearly half of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive some form of financial aid.

  • A student solders in a makerspace.

    Innovation made fundamental

    Carolina is a place where innovators and entrepreneurs thrive. It's a place where you can make a positive difference by putting your ideas to use for the public good.

  • Carolina Schools

    UNC-Chapel Hill is home to 14 schools that trains tomorrow's leaders. The University’s academic culture fosters excellence in the liberal arts and the humanities, as well as in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship between and among the health, natural and social sciences