About University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Founded in 1789, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. is a Public college. Located in North Carolina, which is a city setting in North Carolina, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 18,522 full time undergraduate students, and 10,946 full time graduate students.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 1669 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate26%
Application Deadline
Application Fee80
SAT Range1210-1420
ACT Range28-33

Admissions at UNC are considered More Selective, with ,155% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 97% were in the top quarter, and 79% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
7%
“We know about current events and vote”
52%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
41%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
10%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
37%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
0%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
5%
“We bought the gear”
95%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
14%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
27%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
66%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
10%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
62%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
59%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
7%
“We know about current events and vote”
52%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
41%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
10%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
37%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
44%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
0%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
5%
“We bought the gear”
95%
“We live for the big game”
2%
“It”s not really our thing”
14%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
2%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
63%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
27%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
66%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
10%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
62%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
59%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    265 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    185 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    273 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    275 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    276 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    274 Students rated school activities 4.5 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    275 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    275 Students rated academics 4.7 stars. 77 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

123 Students rated University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nicole - 01/05/2023

I have been a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for one semester and I love it so far. There are always activities going on near/on campus for every type of person. Sports oriented, artistically inclined, interested in musical theater, you name it.

Matthew - 12/31/2022

I think that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a wonderful school. There are so many opportunities to pursue your interests. The staff is always available to help. There are a lot of different extracurricular activities that you can participate in. The people are great. It is one of the best decisions I have made in my life!

Jaci - 07/20/2022

There are several opportunities to learn as well as grow as a person. There are experiences that broaden your outlook on life. It’s an academically tough school but it builds you towards success. Professors are either really really good or really tough.

Jordan - 11/17/2020

The school is rigorous but is an extremely enjoyable experience. The people are intelligent and the professors are outstanding. There is always something to do and you will never get bored. Study hard and have fun. This school is right for anyone. Go Tar Heels!

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is 26%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I've learned to accept the differences in people and see the beauty in all types of people. The friendships built in college are invaluable because the people you meet and befriend are the ones that you will have to lean on and trust in when faced with adversity. The most important lesson I have learned thus far is the importance of getting involved. College is not the time to sit back and be shy or bored. You have to get out there because there is so much to do if you just look. Focus is the next important lesson I've learned. It's hard to make yourself do homework that mama's not going to check or go to class when role isn't going to be checked, but you're going to be paying too much money to get lazy. Remember that education is the reason that college exists and the rest is just icing on the cake. In a nutshell, college is important because of the knowledge you gain, the friends you make, and the lessons you learn. You know how they say college isn't for everybody? Don't believe the lies.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Intellectually curious, driven, team focused and grounded.

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  4. What are the academics like at your school?

    The Academics are challenging, but the professors really care that their students learn and understand the material, (In my majors anyways) They are most always avaliable for help outside of class. Participation in class is expected in all classes but a student rarely recieves any credit for it. Students here are interested in many things. Many student are involved in several different extracurricular activites and do engage in intellectual converstations outside class, particularly about the enviornment. When you leave UNC its unfortunate that most of the majors will not set you up to be prepared to send you straight into the job market. For the most part, further education is needed.

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  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best thing about UNC-CH is it's wide range of extracurriculars. Student groups are generally well funded and supported, and they have definitely have equipped mwewith marketable job skills where UNC's academics have generally failed me, so don't waste your time studying while you could be taking advantage of things that can really help you...The school is big enough that you can avoid people you never want to see, although somehow everyone still seems to be interconnected. Nonetheless, you're bound to find people you get a long with...I usually try to avoid campus and hang out on franklin street because I think campus waay too crowded. I'm generally ok with crowds, just being around college kids all the time gets really annoying. More annyoing though are game days when parents and alumni invade the town...UNC seems so big and impersonal mostly because it is run by cyborgs - try talking to financial aid, the registrar, and/or academic advising - they are all obviously interconnected yet they don't communicate...I see so much carolina blue all over town it makes em want to puke. Much of the school pride revolves around athletics, so if you're not interested in them, you should probably go elsewhere (I wish I did on basketball game days)...I say most of my friends complain about "feeling like a number," and I can say that complaint is 80% valid.

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  6. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Intelligent, very liberal, middle-class

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  7. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    no, no, yes, and yes

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  8. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The GLBT-SA is one of the largest, better funded groups on campus. We hold an annual weekend-long conference comprised workshops, performers, speakers that tackle intersections of identities and oppressions (homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, ableism) which draws hundreds of people from all over the country. The conservative groups on campus are actually also very active - the college republicans is basically a training ground for student government so they can control our funds. We have a laughably horrible (if it wasn't so stupid and hurtful) conservative magazine called the Carolina Review. The theatre scene is actually pretty great - there are several student run companies that do professional shows (I've been involved in several). The campus is so big, diverse and fragmented, it's hard to give answers to the other questions. I met my best friends through student groups and theatre. Franklin street has lots of mediocre bars and tons of terrific places to eat. Definitely take advantage of food on Franklin, there's anything from Vietnamese to Indian to Thai and lots and lots of Mexican. Franklin st. also have a movie theatre.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The atmosphere at Carolina is so unique. Whatever you're interested in, it will be available at Carolina or through the Chapel Hill community. Whether you're focused on academics, research, sports, volunteering, or leadership, opportunities will always present themselves to you.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    UNC is the best university all around because of the atmosphere, value, people, and history that surrounds it; one could not regret choosing this wonderful university.

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  11. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I would have to say parking. It is very difficult to park on campus on home football game weekends.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Don't be afraid to try new things!

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The amount of diversity and inclusivity it has. It allows for people to form their organizations and movements. It is rich with artistic and professional talent as well!

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    This stereotype is definitely NOT true. UNC portrays diversity at its best. Every type of culture, race, religion, background, socioeconomic status, political view, etc.; you can find it here. We are the epitome of a melting pot. Despite our differences, we all come together and have the best college experience any student could ever ask for, and not only do we accept and respect our differences; we embrace these differences.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    While it can be refreshing to see brand new faces every day on your walk to class, at around 20,000 students, the size of the school can be overwhelming - and it exhausts the town's resources, with parking virtually nonexistant and Franklin St. beyond busy on weekends.

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  16. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Probably the one thing that comes to mind when people think of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the word, "basketball." Due to our outstanding coach, Mr. Roy Williams, and his phenomenal teams of the past and present, the nation recognizes our school as superior in the sport of basketball. Those who attend school at Carolina like to also think that we are renowned in the United States as a top university of academic excellence. We pride ourselves on great professors, classes, facilities, and just about anything else one would need for a superb education.

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  17. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Before the season we just had it was our basketball team. Ugh.

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  18. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The lack of proper heating/cooling systems in the larger dorms, which coincidently is where underclassmen tend to live, is very frustrating. Some of the rooms have window units, but only roughly half, the others don?t have any sort of cooling system. The heating system consists of steam radiators. These are situated directly under the windows, so when there is a breeze outside, which thanks to improper sealing tends to blow in around the window, no heat ends up permeating the room. To make matters worse, the walls are concrete, which holds no heat.

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  19. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are not focused, but those people most likely won't get in anyway

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Students that didn't have Duke tickets gathered together in the Student Union to watch the game. Here we celebrate the win - and you can see people starting to rush out towards Franklin!

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I was born and raised in North Carolina as a Tar Heel, but that wasn't the only reason I came to UNC-Chapel Hill. UNC is a prestigious university known for both its academics and its sports. I am an avid sports fan, but I also wanted to get a good education. UNC is the best of both worlds. Not only is it the perfect place for someone who loves sports and wants a good education but the campus is gorgeous. North Carolina weather is the best of everything. We get nice and hot summers to enjoy, then we move into the beautiful fall weather that is temperate and brings out all of the drastic colors of the leaves, we move into a chilly winter that only gives us short bouts of snow, and then we bring all of the pastels and bright pinks of the flowers with spring, which causes the students to litter the quad in an attempt to soak in as much of the beautiful weather as they can. I first visited UNC during the spring season, and I knew there was no other place I would be happy going to college.

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Student Body

Students

58%

female

42%

male

18,522

Total Undergrad Enrollment

10,946

Total Grad Students

15%

Out-Of-State

83%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

543

Student Organizations

32

Fraternities

23

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

35%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
10%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
63%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

64% of students attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receive some sort of financial aid. 21% were awarded federal grants. While 28% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$33,916

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,442

Books and Supplies

$11,218

Room and Board

46,576

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$3,889
$30 - $48K
$6,306
$48 - $75K
$12,074
$75 - $110K
$19,370
$110K & UP
$23,197

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