Quick Facts

The Nation's FIRST Public University

Old East cornerstone laid on October 12, 1793

Community

Carolina is part of the vibrant Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County communities. Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and places to live in the United States, a reputation bolstered by a wide range of cultural, social and intellectual opportunities that span the campus and community. Chapel Hill is part of the nearby Research Triangle Park region (including Raleigh and Durham), known for world-class health care and groundbreaking research.

Demographics

19,395

Undergraduate Students

10,697

Graduate and Professional Students

3,727

Faculty

8,713

Staff

Scholarships and Financial Aid

100%

Carolina meets all of the documented need of undergraduates who apply for financial aid on time

$30M

Distributed per year from 1,200 scholarship programs through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid

1/10

Undergraduate students is a Carolina Covenant Scholar

8,209

Over the past 15 years, the Carolina Covenant has offered more than 8,209 lower-income students who earn admission the opportunity to graduate debt-free

Key Stats

341K+

Alumni living in 50 states, D.C. and 159 countries

1st

among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer students high-quality academics at an affordable price, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine 18 times

$1.1B

Carolina has reached over one billion dollars in annual research expenditures

$15B

in annual revenue earned by 526 active startups

12th

in annual research volume among U.S. public and private universities (Source: National Science Foundation)

4,000+

undergraduates participate in original research in courses and mentored experiences in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and professional schools

2 Nobel Laureates

Dr. Aziz Sancar, co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dr. Oliver Smithies (1925–2017), co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine