Overview

UNC Chapel HillUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (or UNC) was established in 1789, making it the first public school to be founded in the state. The campus is set in the suburbs on about 729 acres. The area is often considered one of the best college towns because of the many activities. With about 19,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate students, it has the second largest enrollment in North Carolina. The largest undergraduate school is the College of Arts and Sciences, while there are several graduate programs, including the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Education, the Gillings School of Public Health, and Carolina Law.

UNC admissionThere are 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, and 65 doctoral degree programs at UNC Chapel Hill. The most popular majors for undergraduates are communications and media studies; psychology; biology; political science and government; and economics. The student to faculty ratio is lower than most public universities at about 13 to 1. However, only 38% of classes have fewer than 20 students in them. Undergrads must complete general education requirements as part of the Making Connections curriculum. Students must take classes in English, social science, history, foreign language, mathematics, and natural science. All UNC Chapel Hill freshmen are required to complete first-year seminars. In their second year, they can choose to focus on a degree in the College of Arts and Science or in another professional school (like nursing, business, education, pharmacy, or journalism and mass communication).

UNC Chapel Hill applicationBecause about half of all undergraduates live on campus, there are plenty of opportunities for social activities outside the classroom. There are more than 800 student organizations on campus, as well as Greek chapters. About 3,400 students are affiliated with Greek organizations, which comes out to roughly 18% of the male and female populations.

The majority of social activities take place in the Campus Y, which was established in 1859. Over the years, this area has marked several historical breakthroughs, including the racial integration of the student population and the building of the Sonja Haynes Stones Center for Black Culture and History. Today, many organizations are located there (including STAND, Nourish International, Homeless Outreach and Poverty Eradication (HOPE), and Project Literacy). Students can also get involved with the publication of The Daily Tar Heel, the student-run publication. Also noteworthy: UNC Chapel Hill made history with the first internet radio broadcast in the world through its student radio station WXYC.

UNC athleticsUNC Chapel Hill competes as the Tar Heels, and they are members of the NCAA Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The school is most famous for its men’s basketball and women’s soccer teams. Other popular sports include baseball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and wrestling. Students who don’t mind a lack of class sizes and who like an active social scene will fit right in at UNC Chapel Hill.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

UNC acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

UNC average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

UNC Chapel Hill SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)



Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 applicants: 43,472
Enrolled: 4,295
Yield: 45%
2018 overall acceptance rate: 21.9%

2018 in-state acceptance rate: 40.9%
2018 out-of-state acceptance rate: 13.0%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 2,339
Admitted off waitlist: 35
Acceptance rate: 1.5%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 3,490
Transfer applicants admitted: 1,234
Transfer acceptance rate: 35.4%

Average transfer GPA: 3.7

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.67
Top 10% of High School: 78.1%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 640-720
SAT Math: 620-720

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 27-32
ACT English: 27-34
ACT Math: 26-31

Standardized Test Requirements

UNC Chapel Hill requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

UNC does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

UNCCH does not require the sat subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 84.2%
5 years: 89.7%
6 years: 91.1%

Transferred to another school: 3%

Loan default rate: 1.8%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 44

Salary after attending: $55,600

R&D Expenditures: $1,045,338

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 26
Robberies: 7
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 15
Car thefts: 3

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

UNC financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $20,100

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2018-2019)
In-state: $23,734
Out-of-state: $50,634

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $11,100

By income
$0 to $30,000: $4,155
$30,001 to $48,000: $6,164
$48,001 to $75,000: $12,447
$75,001 to $110,000: $19,008
$110,001 and more: $23,907

Graduates with student debt: 40%

Average student debt at graduation: $22,214

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

Women: 58%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 38%
20 to 39: 43%
40 to 99: 12%
100+: 7%

Student Population
Total: 29,911
Undergraduate: 18,862

Student Residence
In State: 83%
Out of State: 15%
International: 2%

Contact
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This page was last updated in October 2018.