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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (commonly known as Carolina or UNC-CH) was chartered in 1789 and started enrolling students in 1795 as the first public university in the nation. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Carolina the fifth best public university in the nation for the 11th consecutive year.

UNC-CH has 13 men's and 15 women's varsity sports teams, which compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA Division 1. Students can show their school spirit by wearing light blue and white, the university's official colors since the 19th century.

Academics

This flagship school of the University of North Carolina system offers programs through 15 schools and colleges. Students can choose from 77 bachelor's, 109 master's, and 69 doctoral degrees, in addition to six professional degree programs.

The university's largest unit, the College of Arts and Sciences houses all 1st- and 2nd-year students. At the undergraduate level, students can find Bachelor of Arts programs in areas such as anthropology, economics, public policy, and religious studies. Bachelor of Science programs are also available in several fields, including math, geological sciences, and computer science. Graduate students can earn degrees such as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography, an M.A. in Psychology, or a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Astronomy.

Carolina offers several schools for health professions, including nursing, social work, dentistry, pharmacy, and medicine. The university also has schools in a variety of other subjects, such as law, business, government, continuing education, journalism, and library science.

Admissions

Prospective UNC-CH students can apply using the common application and supplement or via the College Foundation of North Carolina. Materials required include two essays, one teacher recommendation, a counselor report, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores sent from the testing agency. An $80 fee or official fee waiver form signed by a high school counselor is required when submitting application materials.

After applying, students will receive an email with instructions and login information for a MyCarolina account. This online system allows applicants to check the status of submitted materials and receive their admissions decision.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012-13 tuition rate, including general fees, for an undergraduate North Carolina resident is $7,694 per year. Room, board, and additional fees for books and supplies, travel, health insurance, and personal expenses bring the estimated annual cost to $22,340. Non-resident undergraduates can expect to pay approximately $43,848 per year with nearly the same estimated expenses, but a higher base tuition rate of $28,446.

UNC-CH offers financial aid through scholarships, need-based grants, work-study programs, and loans. The Carolina Covenant program helps students in extreme poverty to graduate without debt.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 18,430 undergraduates, 10,707 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 32 on-campus residence halls in 13 residential communities*
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs 15 colleges and schools, more than 200 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Social sciences (647)
Master's: Business, management, marketing, and related (572)
PhD: Health professions (492)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 72% in 4 years
85% in 6 years
86% in 8 years**
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 34% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 3,940 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 97% (full-time students)
86% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1,300 total critical reading & math in 2011*
Application Due Date First-year students: January 5th for regular decision; October 15th for early decision*
Decision Notification Date By the end of March for regular decision; end of January for early decision*
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $7,694 for NC residents, $28,446 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (22%), Pell grants (20%), other federal grants (20%), state and local grants/scholarships (26%), institutional grants/scholarships (46%), federal loans (27%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 70% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, UNC-Chapel Hill, Jackson Hall, 153A Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Phone: (919) 966-3621
  • Website: www.unc.edu

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