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 more than 70 majors in minors within 60 departments at UNC Chapel Hill. The most popular majors for undergraduates are social sciences, communication/journalism, biological/life sciences, psychology, and business/marketing. The student to faculty ratio is lower than most public universities at about 14 to 1. However, only 41% 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 about 800 student organizations on campus, including Greek chapters. About 3,500 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.


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 applicants: 42,466
Enrolled: 4,180
Yield: 43.5%
Overall acceptance rate: 22.6%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 3,717
Admitted off waitlist: 156
Waitlist acceptance rate: 4.2%

Unfortunately, the previous year’s waitlist acceptance rate was even lower. (It was 1.0%.)

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 2,733
Transfer applicants admitted: 1,351
Transfer acceptance rate: 49.4%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 4.39
Top 10% of High School: 78%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1300-1470
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 650-730
SAT Math: 650-760

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 27-33
ACT English: 26-35
ACT Math: 26-32

Standardized Test Requirements

UNC Chapel Hill does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not 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: 89.6%
6 years: 90.9%

Transferred to another school: 6%

Loan default rate: 1.5%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 44

Salary after attending: $55,600

R&D Expenditures: $1.102 billion

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 80
Robberies: 2
Aggravated assaults: 6
Burglaries: 15
Car thefts: 5

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 (2020-2021): $20,702

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $24,638
Out-of-state: $52,338

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $10,085

By income
$0 to $30,000: $4,026
$30,001 to $48,000: $6,063
$48,001 to $75,000: $11,060
$75,001 to $110,000: $18,354
$110,001 and more: $22,235

Graduates with student debt: 37%

Average student debt at graduation: $21,203

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: 14 to 1

Women: 60%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 41%
20 to 39: 39%
40 to 99: 13%
100+: 7%

Student Population
Total: 30,151
Undergraduate: 19,355

Student Residence
In State: 82%
Out of State: 13%
International: 5%


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This page was last updated in September 2020.