Discover Carolina

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we are preparing future leaders to better our community, state, nation and world. As the nation's oldest public university, we remain at the heart of what’s next, preparing talented students from different perspectives and life experiences to become creators, explorers, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Learn how our 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.


by the numbers

  • 1stand only public university in the United States to award degrees in the 18th century.
  • No. 1public university in the South (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2022 College Rankings)
  • No. 4public school in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Colleges rankings.
  • 60national championships won by the Tar Heels
  • 19,743undergraduate students
  • 11,796graduate and professional students
  • 78bachelor's degree programs
  • 113master's degree programs
  • 66doctoral degree programs and seven professional degree programs

UNC-Chapel Hill is well-positioned and well-supported to solve the world’s biggest challenges. We are equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and tackle concerns in our community, our state and our world. Our world-class faculty and dedicated staff contribute to research and teaching that reaches far beyond our great University. Each day, members of the Carolina community are embodying our mission of teaching, research and public service

Interim Chancellor Lee H. Roberts

Portrait of Lee H. Roberts, interim chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill, in his South Building office. Through a window, the Old Well is seen.

Research at Carolina

An engine of opportunity and discovery

The campus experience