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Rank: 52

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 22% of applicants in 2018 to join its roughly 19,000-person undergraduate student body. UNC offers 77 bachelor's degree programs; it has a high graduation rate of 91%. 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 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$26,700
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$11,800
Average price for low-income students
$4,160
admissions
Acceptance rate
24%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1370/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
18,658
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$7,924
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,660
Average salary within 3 years
$53,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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