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From the day we were founded in 1789 as the nation's first state university, UNC-Chapel Hill has helped people reach their potential. Today, we're one of the most prestigious universities in the country and a leader in educational programs, technological innovation and scientific discovery.
Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you!
Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States
Type of Institution: Public, four-year
Undergraduate Admission: 15,961
Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039
Total Student Enrollment: 26,000
Many of our professors hold or have held major positions in every major national scholarly or professional organization. Many have also been elected to the most prestigious academic organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent
Faculty/student ratio: 1/14
Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.
Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.
Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400
Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.
Some Notable alumni: Designer of the Intel 386 and 486 chip John Crawford '77; Evolutionary biologist Rich Lenski '81; Writers Clyde Edgerton '66, Thomas Wolfe '20, Charles Frazier '73, Jill McCorkle '80, Marly Youmans '82, Kaye Gibbons '84, Randall Kenan '85; Basketball superstar Michael Jordan '84, Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm '94 and Allen Johnson '93, golfer Davis Love '86, and track star Marion Jones '97; Radio personality Rick Dees '72, Star Trek Voyager creator and producer Michael Piller '70, and television director Peyton Reed '86; Popular musicians Tom Maxwell '87 of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Mike Cross '69; King of the Hill writers John Altshuler '85 and Dave Krinsky '85; Television journalists Roger Mudd '53, the late Charles Kuralt '55, Deborah Potter '72, and ESPN's Stuart Scott '87; White House communications director Donald Baer '76, and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles '67; Eleventh President of the United States James K. Polk, Class of 1818; Geneticist Francis Collins '77; Actors Jack Palance '41, George Grizzard '49, Andy Griffith '49, Dan Cortese '90, Billy Crudup '90, and actresses Louise Fletcher '57 and Sharon Lawrence '83; Pulitizer Prize-winners: journalists Melanie Sill '81 and Pat Stith '66, and editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly '69; Corporate banker Hugh McColl '57; Wall Street success stories Ladell Robbins '97 and David Gardner '88; Opera singer Vickie Livengood '83; Fashion designer Alexander Julian '69.
Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!
Dean E. Smith Center 962-6000
Carmichael Auditorium 962-5411
Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television. housing.unc.edu
Campus security: Security force and campus patrol; emergency call boxes, escort services, point-to-point shuttle, 24-hour-a-day lock policy for residence halls, well-lit campus.
Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid. studentaid.unc.edu
Special library collections: Art, music, law, business, health sciences, Southern Historical and North Carolina collections, rare book room, city planning. www.lib.unc.edu
Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.
Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services. www.unc.edu/depts/career
University Operator: (919) 962-2211
Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.
Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.
Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI. www.unc.edu/cci
The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. www.unc.edu/depts/abroad
The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies. www.unc.edu/depts/honors
Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.
UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.
UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national milita
Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.
Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them! www.unc.edu/depts/union/student/listintr.htm
Fraternities and sororities: The 28 fraternities and 19 sororities involve approximately 18 percent of undergraduates in social and public service activities.