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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Overview

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public institution situated 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?

6,077 Undergraduate Awards
$34,824 Avg Cost After Aid
24% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • In 2017-2018, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UNC Chapel Hill makes roughly $55,600 a year. This is 36% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average UNC Chapel Hill student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Rankings

We have ranked UNC Chapel Hill as #132 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. UNC Chapel Hill also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

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
#19 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 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
#4 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best General Biology 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
#3 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#24 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#24 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

Location of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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?

24% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 24%, 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 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 24%, and the acceptance rate for women is 25%.

Average Test Scores

About 39% 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 720. Math scores were between 630 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 640 to 720 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 630 to 740 )
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800
UNC Chapel Hill received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 28 to 34 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 27 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?

$34,824 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
1.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNC Chapel Hill is $34,824. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UNC Chapel Hill, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $6,478 a year. That adds up to $25,912 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 1.7%. 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

18,528 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,154 undergraduate students at UNC Chapel Hill, with 18,528 being full-time and 626 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNC Chapel Hill

There are also 10,723 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,528 full-time undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNC Chapel Hill

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,137
Black or African American 1,481
Hispanic or Latino 1,591
White 10,901
International Students 739
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,679

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

1,310 Took All Classes Online
4,411 Took At Least One Class Online
2.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 4,411 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 2017-2018.

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 2.1%. This is the #1,895 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially 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
Accounting 79%
Allied Health Professions 6%
Business Administration & Management 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 21%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Communication & Media Studies 3%
Computer & Information Sciences 18%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 3%
Information Science 19%
Library & Information Science 15%
Library Science 15%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 8%
Public Administration 1%
Public Administration & Social Service 7%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UNC Chapel Hill ranks compared to all other partially 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
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #32
Library & Information Science #43
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #47
Library Science #57
Public Administration #87
Allied Health Professions #87
Public Health #92
General Education #96
Communication & Journalism #136
Public Administration & Social Service #185
Health & Medical Administrative Services #290

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 0 353 0 913 9 1,275
Communication & Media Studies 0 577 0 30 7 614
General Biology 0 563 0 2 10 575
General Psychology 0 441 0 18 15 474
Political Science & Government 0 424 0 20 17 461
Economics 0 386 0 9 13 408
Health & Physical Education 0 324 0 25 0 349
Computer Science 0 297 0 27 18 342
Nursing 0 172 0 89 27 288
Area Studies 0 246 0 2 3 251
Accounting 0 0 0 235 0 235
Law 0 0 0 0 206 206
Public Health 0 19 0 156 16 191
Chemistry 0 142 0 0 45 187
Public Policy 0 173 0 2 3 178
History 0 153 0 8 15 176
Medicine 0 0 0 0 171 171
Natural Resources Conservation 0 131 0 29 11 171
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 9 147 156
General English Literature 0 136 0 1 18 155
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 41 0 82 30 153
Social Work 0 0 0 128 5 133
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 128 0 0 0 128
Information Science 0 73 0 47 6 126
Mathematics 0 110 0 3 11 124
Romance Languages 0 99 0 6 11 116
Applied Mathematics 0 116 0 0 0 116
Sociology 0 81 0 6 6 93
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 58 0 31 0 89
Human Resource Management 0 88 0 0 0 88
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 84 84
Biomedical Engineering 0 77 0 0 6 83
Public Administration 0 0 0 82 0 82
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 42 35 77
Fine & Studio Arts 0 53 0 19 5 77
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 64 0 9 1 74
Anthropology 0 60 0 6 6 72
Music 0 54 0 7 2 63
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 24 0 20 15 59
Ethnic Studies 0 57 0 0 0 57
Library & Information Science 0 0 1 52 0 53
Philosophy 0 46 0 3 3 52
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 46 0 0 0 46
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 10 34 44
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 30 14 44
Physics 0 31 0 1 11 43
Dental Support Services 1 37 0 0 0 38
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 19 0 6 12 37
Drama & Theater Arts 0 29 0 8 0 37
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 32 2 34
Educational Administration 0 0 0 30 4 34
Allied Health Professions 0 13 0 21 0 34
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 28 5 33
Religious Studies 0 29 0 0 3 32
Geography & Cartography 0 24 0 1 5 30
General Education 0 0 0 3 26 29
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 25 0 0 0 25
Statistics 0 0 0 12 11 23
Classical Languages & Literature 0 15 0 4 3 22
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 22 0 22
Genetics 0 0 0 1 20 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 17 0 3 0 20
Student Counseling 0 0 0 15 0 15
International Studies 0 0 0 13 0 13
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 12 0 12
Medical Science 0 0 0 12 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 3 8 11
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 6 0 1 4 11
Journalism 0 11 0 0 0 11
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 1 9 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 9 9
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 1 6 7
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 0 0 0 7 7
Archeology 0 7 0 0 0 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 5 0 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 5 0 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 4 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 2 1 3
Other Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 1 1
Writing Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Legal Research 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 6,076 1 2,403 1,179 9,660

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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