The University of North Carolina was the first public university in the nation. In 1789, William Richardson Davie wrote the act that established the University. In 1793, he and fellow trustees laid the cornerstone of the first building, Old East. Students arrived in 1795, and UNC became the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century.
Carolina serves the needs of adult learners through credit and noncredit courses offered by schools, departments, arts and cultural programs and the Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Research at UNC-Chapel Hill, a billion-dollar venture, has quadrupled over the past 15 years, firmly establishing Carolina as one of America’s top-ranked research universities.
Cures and treatments for disease. New technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. At Carolina, we tackle tough challenges with multidisciplinary teams of top scientists and students whose diverse perspectives deliver creative, unprecedented solutions. As one of America’s top research universities, we conduct roughly $1 billion in research annually. We provide dedicated service to our sponsors and unprecedented opportunities for graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates.
If you don’t hold U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident Status, you’ll apply as an international student. There is no special application; you’ll choose either the regular first-year or transfer application.Last year, about 500 of our undergraduate students came from more than 100 countries outside of the U.S. These students contribute an incredible diversity of perspective and ideas to our community. If you’re considering an undergraduate degree in the U.S., we encourage you to explore our programs, learn more about our student community and take a look at our international-specific fact sheet.
Make yourself at home. Campus housing is a safe, affordable place to put your feet up while you put roots down at Carolina, an unmatched opportunity to immerse yourself in Tar Heel life.
Carolina’s libraries combine a distinguished history with a vibrant mission of service to the campus and the state. The library system consistently ranks among the top 20 in the country.
Information Technology Services’ mission is to accelerate the University’s academic and research pursuits by providing accessible, reliable, efficient, scalable and innovative technologies that enable faculty, students and staff to realize their goals of leading breakthrough change to improve society and help solve the greatest problems for our state, our nation and our global community.
At Carolina, we define health and wellness as the journey that individuals and communities take in an effort to reach their potential, be well and thrive. Our collaborative services, initiatives and resources make it easier for you to make healthy choices by shaping the spaces where we live, play and study.
Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, a reputation guided by the diverse social, cultural and professional opportunities that flow between campus and town. From live music and eclectic dining to quiet trails and historic architecture, discover more about Chapel Hill – and the surrounding area.
Engage in some serious fun. Campus Recreation welcomes students, faculty, staff and family members of all ability levels to enjoy our inclusive social and physical activities, from personal fitness and outdoor education to intramural and club sports.
Work out in our fully equipped fitness and aquatic centers, soar across our zip line or canoe on Kerr Lake. Make a splash, run the field, conquer the course -- and find your place to play.
Connect to your purpose. The Carolina Center for Public Service blends UNC-Chapel Hill’s three-part mission of teaching, research and service to build and spread engagement with the world around us.
Internships, fellowships, alternative breaks and more than 100 service-learning courses await in this student-led civic-engagement program.
Take public service to the next level. Build your capacity to effect change while building a portfolio of leadership in the community.
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty connect their research to community through this two-year, highly interactive curriculum designed to connect scholarship with community needs
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and many of its individual programs participate regularly in rigorous review processes for the purpose of maintaining accreditation. Institution-wide accreditation is governed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S Department of Education.