The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leading global public research university, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators, and leaders in NC, throughout the nation, and around the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized teaching, groundbreaking research, and dedication to public service continue a legacy that began when the University was chartered in 1789 and opened to students four years later. As the nation’s first public university, Carolina is committed to and is a leader in providing access to a high-quality, affordable education to students from all backgrounds.


value in American public higher education according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine


public university in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings


on Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities

The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.

Strategic Plan metrics in the “Prioritize” category for UNC-Chapel Hill include: rural enrollments; low-income completions; five-year graduation rates; critical workforce credentials; and research productivity.

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Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

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Carolina helps incredible students prepare to change the world. UNC-Chapel Hill offers 74 bachelor’s, 104 master’s, 65 doctorate, and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, to prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing workforce. Its students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. They connect to the future they’re already shaping. Get to know the university, explore its community, and learn what it means to be a Tar Heel.
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Cures and treatments for disease. Innovative technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. UNC-Chapel Hill is harnessing the very best of our world and is proud to advance knowledge for this and each generation to come. Carolina ranks fifth in the country for federal research funding among universities, and its faculty members and researchers conduct more than $1.1 billion in research activity each year. Students are encouraged to participate in research opportunities as soon as they start at Carolina.
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Serving North Carolina

Carolina is a university built for the people, and public service is at the core of its mission. Students, faculty, and staff dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping communities across NC by performing public service projects and participating in outreach programs. Members of the Carolina community also make life-changing discoveries through their world-class research in labs and in the field, creating a better future for all North Carolinians.
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