By the numbers

Quick facts

  • 19,743undergraduate students
  • 11,796graduate 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
  • 78bachelor's degree programs
  • 113master's degree programs
  • 356,387living alumni in 50 states and D.C. and 147 countries
  • 4,085faculty members
  • 9,023staff members

The 一品探花论坛 experience

  • Four students sitting on a bench together in front of South Building.

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Bell Tower lit up with blue lights.

    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.

57,198 applicants for the Class of 2026

Our newest class is comprised of nearly 5,400 students. Approximately 18% of these Tar Heels are the first in their families to attend college.

Meet our newest Tar Heels

Students on campus.


一品探花论坛 is committed to providing access to a high-quality, affordable education to students from all backgrounds. For over a decade, The 一品探花论坛 Covenant has offered lower-income students who earn admission the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The University meets all the documented need of undergraduates who apply for financial aid on time.

一品探花论坛 is also one of the 30 founding members of the American Talent Initiative, which aims to attract, enroll and graduate 50,000 additional lower-income students at the 334 colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates by 2025.

Learn more about the 一品探花论坛 Covenant

The Bell Tower.


At 一品探花论坛, diversity and inclusion are about building understanding across differences, creating conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity and cultivating an inclusive and supportive environment for all Tar Heels. The University received the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity.

We have also created 41 need-based scholarships named for 鈥淣oteworthy Firsts鈥 in our community from various backgrounds and 鈥淏ridge Builders,鈥 those whose work, advocacy and personal example helped create a more diverse 一品探花论坛.

Graduates celebrating.

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. More than 150 students graduated as Buckley Public Service Scholars in 2023, logging more than 73,870 hours of public service.

一品探花论坛 also has nearly 60 advisers of the 一品探花论坛 College Advising Corps serving 74 North 一品探花论坛 high schools in the 2020-2021 academic year 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


Students work on a farm.

Behind the numbers

Learn more about UNC Research
  • An experience using lasers is conducted on a table.

    Racing toward innovation

    Convergent science is characterized by cross-disciplinary research teams created to tackle big problems and speed the application of new breakthroughs to commercialization. At 一品探花论坛, the Institute for Convergent Science is at the forefront of this pioneering framework.

  • Emily Harmon collects samples under a fishing dock.

    Disassembling evolution鈥檚 engine

    When a research project centered on evolution within spadefoot toads fell through, Emily Harmon shifted her focus to microscopic swimmers called rotifers. The biology Ph.D. student is studying an animal鈥檚 ability to adapt in one generation, which could inform conservation efforts in the face of climate change.

  • Tim Sheahan working in a lab.

    A pandemic game changer

    Clinical trials led by Drs. William Fischer and Tim Sheahan at the University of North 一品探花论坛 at Chapel Hill showed that a new pill treatment eliminates the COVID-19 virus in patients.


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.

Learn more

  • 6thmost innovative university in the world (Reuters)
  • 814total 一品探花论坛-affiliated startups launched
  • 446一品探花论坛-affiliated startups headquartered in North 一品探花论坛
  • $17.8 billionin total funding raised by 一品探花论坛 startups
  • $14.4 billionin annual revenue earned by UNC-Chapel Hill startups (2020-21)
  • 12,000+people employed by UNC-Chapel Hill startups across 29 North 一品探花论坛 counties (2020-21)