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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Overview

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public institution located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The location of UNC Chapel Hill is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Known For?

6,277 Undergraduate Awards
$35,646 Avg Cost After Aid
25% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • In 2017-2018, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree make about $55,600 a year. That's 36% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from UNC Chapel Hill to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Rankings

UNC Chapel Hill landed the #111 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 113 colleges in North Carolina, it is ranked at #5.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UNC Chapel Hill has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#55 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNC Chapel Hill.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Physiology & Pathology Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Library Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Radio, TV & Digital Communication Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UNC Chapel Hill has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#17 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#23 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#34 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#44 Best Psychology Schools College Factual
#92 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

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Contact details for UNC Chapel Hill are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-962-2211
Website: www.unc.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uncchapelhill
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNC

How Do I Get Into UNC Chapel Hill?

You can apply to UNC Chapel Hill online at: www.admissions.unc.edu/Apply

Admission Requirements for UNC Chapel Hill

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNC Chapel Hill?

25% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 25%, UNC Chapel Hill is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 25%, and the acceptance rate for women is 25%.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to UNC Chapel Hill submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 730. Math scores were between 640 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 640 to 730 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 640 to 760 )
200
800
UNC Chapel Hill received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 35. Math scores were between 26 and 32. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 28 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 26 to 32 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 28 to 33 )
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36

Can I Afford University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

$35,646 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNC Chapel Hill is $35,646. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNC Chapel Hill, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,375 a year. That adds up to $29,500 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,505 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,395 undergraduate students at UNC Chapel Hill, with 18,505 being full-time and 890 being part-time.

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There are also 10,697 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,505 full-time undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,294
Black or African American 1,548
Hispanic or Latino 1,725
White 10,520
International Students 805
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,613

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 102 countries are represented at UNC Chapel Hill. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

24,855 Took All Classes Online
27,451 Took At Least One Class Online
480.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 27,451 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNC Chapel Hill has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UNC Chapel Hill

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was $8,834 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $33,916. The following table shows how UNC Chapel Hill is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #1 #10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #10 #16
Political Science & Government #10 #18
Allied Health Professions #13 #43
Medical Illustration & Informatics #19 #70
Accounting #28 #139
Information Science #31 #99
Health & Medical Administrative Services #40 #218
Social Sciences #64 #133
Communication & Journalism #66 #132
General Education #72 #256
Public Administration #73 #173

Online Affordability Rankings of UNC Chapel Hill Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was $8,980 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $36,159. The following table shows how UNC Chapel Hill is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #1 #9
Allied Health Professions #1 #10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #1 #1
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #10 #13
Medical Illustration & Informatics #11 #18
Communication & Journalism #16 #34
Public Administration & Social Service #22 #126
Public Administration #25 #131
Public Health #25 #73
Accounting #28 #160
Health & Medical Administrative Services #34 #189
Nursing #39 #120

Online Growth Rankings of UNC Chapel Hill

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was 480.4%. This is the #170 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at UNC Chapel Hill regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UNC Chapel Hill majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17%
Communication & Journalism 6%
Communication & Media Studies 3%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 9%
Health Professions 7%
Library & Information Science 5%
Library Science 5%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 14%
Nursing 9%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 12%
Public Administration & Social Service 2%
Public Health 10%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 67%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNC Chapel Hill ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UNC Chapel Hill.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Medical Illustration & Informatics #1
Communication & Media Studies #3
Library & Information Science #4
Library Science #4
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #4
Allied Health Professions #4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #4
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #7
Public Administration #7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #10
Health & Medical Administrative Services #12
Public Health #13
Accounting #16
Public Administration & Social Service #19
Communication & Journalism #19
Nursing #20
Business Administration & Management #52
Health Professions #61
Business, Management & Marketing #88

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 358 0 806 17 1,181
Communication & Media Studies 0 598 0 26 11 635
General Biology 0 545 0 0 13 558
General Psychology 0 479 0 13 21 513
Economics 0 409 0 6 7 422
Computer Science 0 379 0 17 22 418
Health & Physical Education 0 346 0 37 0 383
Political Science & Government 0 339 0 25 8 372
Nursing 0 187 4 99 25 315
Area Studies 0 247 0 2 1 250
Accounting 0 0 0 230 0 230
Public Health 0 21 0 178 14 213
Law 0 0 0 0 199 199
Chemistry 0 147 0 7 42 196
Natural Resources Conservation 0 141 0 34 17 192
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 9 168 177
Public Policy 0 168 0 1 8 177
History 0 145 0 10 18 173
Medicine 0 0 0 0 170 170
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 44 0 103 22 169
General English Literature 0 138 0 3 19 160
Social Work 0 0 0 142 4 146
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 98 0 47 0 145
Information Science 0 72 0 59 9 140
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 129 0 0 0 129
Applied Mathematics 0 128 0 0 0 128
Mathematics 0 113 0 2 9 124
Sociology 0 93 0 14 10 117
Romance Languages 0 90 0 3 9 102
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 46 38 84
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 83 83
Philosophy 0 68 0 7 8 83
Human Resource Management 0 82 0 0 0 82
Public Administration 0 0 0 79 0 79
Biomedical Engineering 0 63 0 2 12 77
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 23 0 21 29 73
Physics 0 49 0 5 17 71
Anthropology 0 61 0 2 6 69
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 60 0 5 0 65
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 48 0 1 9 58
Library & Information Science 0 0 2 54 0 56
Ethnic Studies 0 51 0 0 0 51
Music 0 47 0 1 2 50
Drama & Theater Arts 0 36 0 13 0 49
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 37 7 44
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 23 0 15 6 44
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 15 26 41
Fine & Studio Arts 0 29 0 7 4 40
General Education 0 0 0 20 19 39
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 26 13 39
Dental Support Services 4 33 0 0 0 37
Geography & Cartography 0 26 0 4 7 37
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 27 9 36
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 34 0 0 0 34
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 34 0 0 0 34
Religious Studies 0 29 0 1 2 32
Statistics 0 0 0 20 8 28
Allied Health Professions 0 7 0 19 0 26
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 25 0 25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 19 0 5 0 24
Genetics 0 0 0 0 20 20
Journalism 0 18 0 0 0 18
Educational Administration 0 0 0 15 1 16
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 14 15
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 1 0 14 0 15
Student Counseling 0 0 0 14 0 14
Classical Languages & Literature 0 8 0 4 2 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 14 0 14
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 0 0 0 14 14
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 3 9 12
Other Education 0 0 0 12 0 12
International Studies 0 0 0 12 0 12
Medical Science 0 0 0 10 0 10
Archeology 0 10 0 0 0 10
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 1 8 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 1 7 8
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 1 5 6
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 2 4 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 6 6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 5 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 4 4
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4 6,273 6 2,439 1,242 9,964

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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