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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NChttps://www.unc.edu
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first public university, has long been known as one of the best bargains for a competitive school. Among the strongest departments at UNC are biology and other sciences, traditional liberal arts such as religious studies, and journalism. The school is selective, only admitting about 23% of applicants in 2019 to join its roughly 19,000-person undergraduate student body. UNC offers 74 bachelor's degree programs; it has a high graduation rate of 89%. Sports play a big role on campus: Basketball games are typically sold out, especially when the Tar Heels face Duke, their fiercest rival. But basketball is hardly the university's most successful sport. The women's soccer team has more than 20 NCAA titles. When they aren't studying or cheering, students have access to hundreds of on-campus clubs as well as the college town's many nightclubs and restaurants -- including Al's Burger Shack, home to what TripAdvisor once named the best cheeseburger in America. The student body loves tradition, like having a drink from the Old Well to ensure good grades or signing their names inside the bell tower. The campus is no stranger to bold-faced names. Former presidents like John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton have addressed students in the past. Professor Aziz Sancar, a researcher at the UNC School of Medicine, won the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Alumni include author Mary Pope Osborne and YouTuber Mamrie Hart.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of North Carolina moved all undergraduate courses online after dozens of students tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week of classes.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,300
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$12,200
Average price for low-income students
$4,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
23%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/31
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
18,950
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$7,810
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,120
Average salary within 5 years
$50,700
% earning more than $28,000
84%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of North Carolina moved all undergraduate courses online after dozens of students tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week of classes.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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