University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Profile


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded in 1789, is a public, comprehensive institution. The nation’s first state university, UNC-Chapel Hill has earned a worldwide reputation for vital teaching, cutting-edge research and distinguished public service. Chartered in 1789, the cornerstone of Carolina’s first building, Old East, was laid in 1793 and opened to students in 1795. Carolina was the only public university to award degrees to students in the 18th century. Among the most comprehensive universities in the U.S., UNC-Chapel Hill belongs to the select group of research campuses forming the Association of American Universities. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Division of Continuing Education, the Graduate School, and the Schools of Dentistry, Education, Information and Library Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. A 2,800-member faculty teaches more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students in more than 100 fields leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Five health affairs schools, which, with the UNC Health Care System, comprise one of the most complete academic medical centers in the nation, are thoroughly integrated with prestigious liberal arts, basic sciences and high-technology academic programs. The university’s outstanding athletic program is a national model. Its 729-acre campus is located in Chapel Hill, eight miles northeast of Durham, and includes the two oldest state university buildings.


Entrance Difficulty: Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 32% of 23,272 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: Yes
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: January 15

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Very Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 4.47
SAT Math: 660 average  610-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:  644 average  590-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 637 average  590-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 29 average  27-31 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance:  In-state: $19,706  Out-of-state: $39,532
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $7,008 Out-of-state: $26,834
Room and Board: $9,470
Average Percent of Need Met: 100%
Average Freshman Award: $13,449
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: Not reported


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,656
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-59 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002974: Free

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