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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ranked?

Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded 3,785 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

UNC Chapel Hill is ranked #43 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UNC Chapel Hill held the #63 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill is ranked at #2.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UNC Chapel Hill?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 25%, UNC Chapel Hill is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to UNC Chapel Hill submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 730. Math scores were between 640 and 760.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 640 to 730 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 640 to 760 )
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UNC Chapel Hill received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  ( 28 to 33 )
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a freshmen retention rate of 95%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UNC Chapel Hill the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 82%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,395 undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill with 18,505 being full-time and 890 being part-time.

How Much Does University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Cost?

The overall average net price of UNC Chapel Hill is $12,469. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UNC Chapel Hill

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,753 $5,729 $11,619 $19,088 $22,881

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UNC Chapel Hill, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UNC Chapel Hill, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,375 a year. That adds up to $29,500 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UNC Chapel Hill Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $61,915 in their early years. That's great news for UNC Chapel Hill students since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.

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Location of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public institution located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The location of UNC Chapel Hill is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for UNC Chapel Hill are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 South Bldg Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-962-2211
Website: www.unc.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uncchapelhill
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 83 majors graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Of these students, 5,981 received undergraduate degrees and 2,715 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Communication & Media Studies 637 $37,726
General Biology 603 $24,522
Computer Science 416 $74,162
Economics 409 $57,311
Health & Physical Education 386 $26,942
Business Administration & Management 348 $74,938
Political Science & Government 334 $36,613
Area Studies 219 $28,175
Public Policy 186 $39,751
Applied Mathematics 183 $64,899

Learn more about the majors offered at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UNC Chapel Hill

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 27,451 students took at least one online class at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is an increase from the 3,721 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 27,451 24,855
2018-2019 3,721 1,237
2017-2018 4,411 1,310
2016-2017 4,348 1,420
2015-2016 4,005 1,132

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

More about our data sources and methodologies.