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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public institution that was founded in 1789.

Tuition  fees in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are $35,000 (Aprox.).

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, often referred to as UNC, offers a wide range of student activities. Popular student organizations include The Daily Tarheel, UNC’s student newspaper, and WXYC, the student-run radio station. More than 3,000 students are members of Greek life. Chapel Hill, which surrounds UNC, is often considered one of the best college towns in the country, offering music, restaurants and shopping. Almost half of all undergraduates live on campus in one of the residence halls or apartment complexes. The North Carolina Tar Heels are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and are known for their men’s basketball team, which maintains a storied rivalry with nearby institution Duke University and is one of the most successful programs in college basketball. Former players include Michael Jordan and Vince Carter.
UNC is divided into a number of schools and colleges, the largest of which is the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate programs include the highly rankedKenan—Flagler Business School, School of Education,School of Law, School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Social Work, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and School of Government. At least 82 percent of each freshmen class must be from North Carolina, as dictated by state law. Actor and former professional basketball player Rick Fox, the 11th president of the United States James K. Polk, and former U.S. Senator John Edwards all earned degrees from UNC.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Friday Center for Continuing Education
  • General College
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Government
  • Graduate School
  • Information and Library Science
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Law
  • Media & Journalism
  • Medicine, School of
  • Nursing
  • School of Media & Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Summer School

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

  • African, African American & Diaspora Studies
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Allied Health
  • American Studies
  • Anesthesiology
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physical Sciences
  • Archaeology
  • Army ROTC
  • Art
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • City & Regional Planning
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Dermatology
  • Dramatic Art
  • Economics
  • English & Comparative Literature
  • Environmental Sciences & Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise & Sport Science
  • Family Medicine
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Global Business Center
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy & Management
  • History
  • Italian
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Sciences
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine, Department of
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Navy ROTC
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Operations Research
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Social Medicine
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics & Operations Research
  • Surgery
  • Women’s & Gender Studies

PROGRAMS & CURRICULA

  • American Indian Studies
  • APPLES Service-Learning
  • Archaeology
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Training
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological & Genome Sciences
  • Burch Fellows
  • Business (Undergraduate)
  • Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative
  • Carolina Health Informatics
  • Christianity & Culture
  • Cinema
  • Cognitive Science
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental Biology Training
  • Environment & Ecology
  • Ethnicity, Culture & Health Outcomes
  • European Studies
  • First Year Seminars
  • Folklore
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Global Studies
  • Honors Carolina
  • Humanities & Human Values
  • Institute for the Environment
  • Jewish Studies
  • Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
  • Languages Across The Curriculum
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Management & Society
  • Mathematical Decision Sciences
  • Medieval & Early Modern Studies
  • Middle East/Muslim Civilizations
  • Molecular/Cellular Biophysics
  • Morehead-Cain Scholarship
  • Neurobiology
  • Peace, War & Defense
  • Philosophy, Politics & Economics
  • Program on Health Outcomes
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health Leadership
  • Robertson Scholars
  • Russian/East European Studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Social & Economic Justice
  • SPIRE Postdoctoral Program
  • Stone Center
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program
  • Toxicology
  • Undergraduate Curricula
  • World View
  • Writing for Screen & Stage

OFFICES & SERVICES

  • Academic Services
  • Accessibility Resources & Service
  • Accounting Services
  • Auxiliary Services
  • Budget Office
  • Career Services
  • Carolina Center for Public Service
  • Carolina Copy
  • Carolina Latino/a Cooperative
  • Carolina Women’s Center
  • Center for Faculty Excellence
  • Chancellor’s Office
  • Clinical Trials Office
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
  • Environment, Health & Safety
  • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
  • Facilities Services
  • Faculty Governance, Office of
  • Finance Communication & Training
  • Finance Division
  • GrantSource Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • Institutional Research & Assessment, Office of
  • Internal Controls
  • Learning Disabilities Services
  • Libraries
  • Mail (University Mail Services)
  • Media Relations
  • Medical Illustration
  • Ombuds, University
  • Payroll Services
  • Policies
  • Post Office (USPS)
  • Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Procurement Services
  • Provost
  • Public Records Request
  • Public Safety (Police)
  • Purchasing Services
  • Research
  • Research Development
  • Sponsored Research
  • Student Accounts & University Receivables
  • Technology Development
  • Title IX Office
  • Treasury & Risk Management
  • UNC Creative
  • University Controller
  • University Counsel
  • Writing Center

RESEARCH CENTERS, INSTITUTES & LABORATORIES

  • Coastal Resilience Center
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Centers, Institutes and Laboratories

History


Chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on December 11, 1789, the university’s cornerstone was laid on October 12, 1793, near the ruins of a chapel, chosen because of its central location within the state. The first public university chartered under the US Constitution, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States and the only such institution to confer degrees in the eighteenth century.

During the Civil War, North Carolina Governor David Lowry Swain persuaded Confederate President Jefferson Davis to exempt some students from the draft, so the university was one of the few in the Confederacy that managed to stay open. However, Chapel Hill suffered the loss of more of its population during the war than any village in the South, and when student numbers did not recover, the university was forced to close during Reconstruction from December 1, 1870 until September 6, 1875.

Despite initial skepticism from university President Frank Porter Graham, on March 27, 1931, legislation was passed to group the University of North Carolina with the State College of Agriculture and Engineering and Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina to form the Consolidated University of North Carolina. In 1963, the consolidated university was made fully coeducational, although most women still attended Woman’s College for their first two years, transferring to Chapel Hill as juniors, since freshmen were required to live on campus and there was only one women’s dorm. As a result, Woman’s College was renamed the “University of North Carolina at Greensboro”, and the University of North Carolina became the “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” In 1955, UNC Chapel Hill officially desegregated its undergraduate divisions.

During World War II, UNC Chapel Hill was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.

During the 1960s, the campus was the location of significant political protest. Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protests about local racial segregation which began quietly in Franklin Street restaurants led to mass demonstrations and disturbance. The climate of civil unrest prompted the 1963 Speaker Ban Law prohibiting speeches by communists on state campuses in North Carolina. The law was immediately criticized by university Chancellor William Brantley Aycock and university President William Friday, but was not reviewed by the North Carolina General Assembly until 1965. Small amendments to allow “infrequent” visits failed to placate the student body, especially when the university’s board of trustees overruled new Chancellor Paul Frederick Sharp’s decision to allow speaking invitations toMarxist speaker Herbert Aptheker and civil liberties activist Frank Wilkinson; however, the two speakers came to Chapel Hill anyway. Wilkinson spoke off campus, while more than 1,500 students viewed Aptheker’s speech across a low campus wall at the edge of campus, christened “Dan Moore’s Wall” by The Daily Tar Heel for Governor Dan K. Moore. A group of UNC Chapel Hill students, led by Student Body President Paul Dickson, filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court, and on February 20, 1968, the Speaker Ban Law was struck down. In 1969, campus food workers of Lenoir Hall went on strike protesting perceived racial injustices that impacted their employment, garnering the support of student groups and members of the University and Chapel Hill community.

From the late 1990s and onward, UNC Chapel Hill expanded rapidly with a 15% increase in total student population to more than 28,000 by 2007. This was accompanied by the construction of new facilities, funded in part by the “Carolina First” fundraising campaign and anendowment that increased fourfold to more than $2 billion in just ten years. Professor Oliver Smithies was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2007 for his work in genetics. Additionally, Aziz Sancar was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015 for his work in understanding the molecular repair mechanisms of DNA.

Notable leaders of the university include the 26th Governor of North Carolina, David Lowry Swain (president 1835–1868); and Edwin Anderson Alderman (1896–1900), who was also president of Tulane University and the University of Virginia. The current chancellor is Carol Folt, the first woman to hold the post


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