University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill is a public university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that was founded in 1789.


UNC is one of the oldest public universities in the country and the only public university to grant degrees in the eighteenth century. During the Civil War, some UNC students were exempt from the draft and the university was able to keep its doors open unlike many other universities within confederate states. In 1931, UNC acquired the Women’s College and the State College of Agriculture and Engineering and in 1963, the university became coeducational. The Women’s College then became known as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and UNC became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC has many branch campuses in addition to Greensboro such as Wilmington, Charlotte, Asheville and several others. UNC has many notable alumni including James K. Polk, William R. King, John Edwards, Francis Collins, and Michael Jordan.

As a part of UNC’s mission, the university states a commitment “to serve as a center for research, scholarship and creativity and to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate and professional students to become the next generation of leaders.” UNC at Chapel Hill is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


UNC at Chapel Hill currently enrolls about 18,500 undergraduate students with approximately 4,000 freshmen. In addition to their undergraduate enrollment, UNC has more than 10,700 graduate students. UNC has a high retention rate with 97 percent of students returning for their sophomore year. Additionally, 89 percent of students graduate within six years. The average age for all students is 20. About five percent of UNC’s student body is part-time students. UNC’s gender ratio is about 58:42 with 58 percent female students and 42 percent male students. A great majority of UNC students are in-state at about 83 percent leaving 16 percent of the UNC student body classified as out-of-state. The majority of UNC students are Caucasian at 66 percent followed by, 9 percent African American, 8 percent Hispanic and 8 percent Asian students. UNC is recognized as a very selective university admitting only 33 percent of applicants.


As a public university tuition at UNC varies by student status. UNC students have several financial aid options available to them. Students can receive aid through sources such as scholarships and grants in addition to loans and federal work-study positions. An estimated 55 percent of all undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid, and about 69 percent of full-time first year students access some type of financial aid. 


UNC awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, and professional degrees. The more than 75 undergraduate degree programs and approximate 187 graduate degree programs are divided within the following schools: Dentistry, Education, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, General College, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Graduate School, Kenan-Flagler Business School, Government, Information & Library Science, Journalism & Mass Communication, Law Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. In addition, adult learners can enroll in noncredit and credit coursework through the William Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.


UNC provides certificates, and master’s degrees, as well as individual courses online. Students have several areas of study to choose from including global health, technology and communication, healthcare administration, and many others. Students who wish to earn a certificate must complete an average of 12 credits and certificate programs can be completed in a year as a full-time student. UNC online master’s programs typically require an average of 52 credit hours and take an average of 24 to 30 months to complete. Students should be aware that particular programs and certificates might have specialized requirements that can affect actual number of credit hours required and completion length.

Online coursework is also sponsored through other networks, including Carolina Courses Online (CCO), UNC Online Exchange, and Semester Online. In addition to online programs, UNC supports hybrid distance learning, requiring some on-campus requirements, and correspondence self-paced formats. Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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