University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Median SAT/ACT
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 typical student scores about 650 on each part of the SAT, but if you’re an out-of-stater, the school is much more selective. UNC has a comparatively high graduation rate of 90%, almost 8% higher than what you’d expect based on schools with similar student populations. 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 won 22 NCAA titles, most recently in 2012. 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. UNC’s high female-to-male ratio of 57 to 43, though, causes some complaints about the social life. On University Day every year, the school celebrates its place as the nation’s first public university. Presidents including 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.
Est. Full Price 2016–17
% of students who get financial aid
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Average price for low-income students
Financial Aid
% of students who get need-based aid
% of need met
% of students who get merit aid
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Student Success
Est. graduation rate
Average time to degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
Average salary within 5 years
Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT Score
Average student debt
SAT/ACT required?
Key Deadlines
Early decision
Regular application
Jan 10
Financial aid

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

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I have had some amazing professors and TAs. The psych department is excellent. I've also had some horrible class and professors, but it really depends on how engaged you are in the subject you're learning.
Job prospects are very high coming from UNC Chapel Hill, particularly if you are looking into business or medicine. If you're planning on working in the Research Triangle, there are many opportunities available from Chapel Hill

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

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