The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB #2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

Graduate Admissions

The Graduate School
CB 4010, 200 Bynum Hall
Chapel Hill NC 27599-4010

UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation's first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. Recent national rankings include the following:

  • 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs as ranked by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in December 2008. 1st for 8 consecutive times since Kiplinger's began these periodic surveys in 1998. Kiplinger's analysis stressed academic quality, as well as cost and financial aid offerings.

  • 5th best public university in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 “Best Colleges” guidebook for the 8th consecutive year. 1st among public campuses for the 4th consecutive year; 9th overall in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Carolina offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in academic areas critical to North Carolina's future: business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. Offerings include 78 bachelor's, 107 master's, 75 doctorate and four professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students learn from a 3,200-member faculty that includes Oliver Smithies, Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, who received the 2007 Nobel Prize for work that has fundamentally changed the science of genetic medicine and potentially will help millions of people live healthier lives. Smithies was chosen for his role in introducing gene modifications in mice using embryonic stem cells. Today, scientists around the world use these techniques to produce mice that model heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer.

The faculty attracted more than $678.2 million in total contract and grant funding in fiscal 2008—more than twice the amount the University attracted decade ago. That's up from $610 million last year. Awards from the National Institutes of Health exceeded $356 million in fiscal 2008—up more than 13 percent from last year.

Carolina offers talented students the opportunity to learn in a high-quality academic environment. Through the Carolina Covenant and an excellent overall financial aid program, the University is making college possible for qualified students regardless of their financial means. The University's policies and practices protect affordability, a core value at Carolina that has long benefited the state.

In fall 2008, Carolina enrolled 3,900 first-year students—from a record 21,511 applications. It marked the third straight record year for applications and a five-year increase of 20 percent. More than 79 percent of the entering students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and nearly 43 percent were among the top 10 students. Average SAT score was 1301. Over the past five years, the quality of the entering class—based on the percentage of students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class—has improved more than at all but two of the top 30 national universities.