By the numbers

Quick facts

  • 20,681undergraduate students
  • 11,553graduate and professional students
  • 1stand only public university in the United States to award degrees in the 18th century
  • 66doctoral degree programs and seven professional degree programs
  • 82bachelor's degree programs
  • 112master's degree programs
  • 362,000living alumni in 50 states and D.C. and 147 countries
  • 4,234faculty members
  • 9,704staff members

The 一品探花论坛 experience

  • Four students talking and sitting on the lawn of McCorkle Place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill

    It's always a great day to be a Tar Heel

    鈥淚t鈥檚 a great day to be a Tar Heel鈥 is a phrase you鈥檒l often hear around 一品探花论坛, and for a good reason. Every day, Tar Heels create a positive impact on the world by improving their communities and inspiring change through their talents. They鈥檙e artists, scientists, humanitarians, researchers and innovators doing extraordinary things.

    Meet some of our students and alumni to find out why every day really is a great day to be a Tar Heel.

  • Photos of Shayna Hill, Sandra Foxx, Dr. Mario Ciocca and Sibby Anderson-Thompkins; (bottom row, left to right) Vanessa Mitchell, James Holman, Kathy James and Teresa Golson.

    Faculty and staff excellence

    Established in 1980 by the late C. Knox Massey 鈥25 of Durham, the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award recognizes 鈥渦nusual, meritorious or superior contributions鈥 by University employees.

    Learn more about the faculty and staff who make 一品探花论坛 so special.

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    Timeless Traditions

    The nation's first public university, UNC-Chapel Hill is home to centuries-old traditions and experiences that connect generations of Tar Heels.

    Watch the Bell Tower lighting the night before the first day of class, go for a stroll on Franklin Street and cheer on the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium.

    Learn more about the places and experiences that make the Tar Heel experience so special.

Two Nobel Laureates

Dr. Aziz Sancar, co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Dr. Oliver Smithies (1925-2017), co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Oliver Smithes and Aziz Sancar look at their Nobel Prize Medals.

63,217 applicants for the Class of 2027

Our newest class is comprised of nearly 5,602 students. Approximately 20% of these Tar Heels are the first in their families to attend college.

Meet our newest Tar Heels

Students walk through the Pit on first day of classes


一品探花论坛 is one of the nation’s few public flagship campuses to practice need-blind admissions and make the promise of a 一品探花论坛 education possible for all students who earn admission, regardless of their financial means.

For nearly two decades, The 一品探花论坛 Covenant has offered lower-income students who earn admission the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Starting in fall 2024, 一品探花论坛 will cover out-of-pocket costs for tuition and mandatory fees for and have typical assets.

Learn more about access and affordability

Old Well on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill


At 一品探花论坛, diversity and inclusion are about celebrating all members of the community, broadening our collective understanding and fostering a sense of belonging by uplifting diverse identities, cultures, experiences and perspectives. The University received the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity.

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Outreach and Service

Students, faculty and staff dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping our communities by performing service projects and participating in outreach programs. One hundred and fifteen students graduated as Buckley Public Service Scholars in 2024, logging more than 63,000 hours of public service.

一品探花论坛 also had nearly 65 advisers of the 一品探花论坛 College Advising Corps serving 81 high schools to support North Carolinians and help students find colleges where they will thrive.

Learn more about 一品探花论坛’s service to our state


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Behind the numbers

Learn more about UNC Research
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    Measuring water from space

    The first satellite to measure Earth鈥檚 surface water launched late 2022, and 一品探花论坛 professor Tamlin Pavelsky's team is verifying its data.

  • A graphic illustrating computer science and data science research

    Forefront of AI

    As artificial intelligence opens the door to new opportunities, researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are working across disciplines to use the technology for the greater good.

  • Five people huddled around a laptop in a laboratory.

    Aiding NC's opioid response

    Researchers across UNC-Chapel Hill are working to help communities understand the opioid epidemic鈥檚 effects on their residents and their economy and respond in ways that fit their needs.


一品探花论坛 is a place where innovators and entrepreneurs make a human, social and economic impact. We make purposeful transformations in the world by putting important ideas to use for the public good.

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  • 1,000+total 一品探花论坛-affiliated startups launched
  • 539一品探花论坛-affiliated startups headquartered in North 一品探花论坛
  • $19.4 billionin total funding raised by 一品探花论坛 startups
  • $18.4 billionin annual revenue earned by UNC-Chapel Hill startups (2023)
  • 140invention disclosures (FY2022)
  • 15,305jobs created for North 一品探花论坛ns by 一品探花论坛-affiliated startups