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Academics: I feel that it may be difficult to write a review on my major, as most of my classes so far have be general education requirements.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The problem the with registrations process is that the constant changing of schedules in the first couple weeks of the semester can be very confusing.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of opportunities for Psychology majors at UNC. Although I was a freshman last year, there are many classes, programs and opportunites for psychology upperclassmen.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum, professors, and workload are challenging in a extremely good way.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 52nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 66th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 99th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 201st
    Smartest Professors
  • 241st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Simply put, UNC is all about academics. Students who excel here don't try to take shortcuts. The school itself boasts some of the best facilities in the country as well as the academic talent to match it. Furthermore, graduates from Carolina are top notch, with 12 prior Pulitzer Prize winners, one president, and many Nobel laureates. Professors at Carolina have high distinctions and have received awards for their contributions in their respective fields of study. 

One of the best things about UNC is its sense of community in that professors are largely accessible to students. All professors on campus have office hours and will work with students to make appointments should there be a conflict. Some professors also try to meet with individual students for coffee or a meal to discuss class topics. In lower-level courses with larger class sizes, TAs are also made available to students for questions. Another great thing about Carolina academics is the sheer number of resources available to students in a rut, such as tutoring and the Writing Center, where staff will proofread those nasty term papers that are the bane of any collegiate's semester.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 55%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Information and Library Science
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • U.S. Diversity
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
A variety of courses are available online in subjects ranging from African studies and anthropology to sociology and Spanish. For more information, check out
Best Places to Study
  • Davis Library
  • Health Sciences Library (HSL)
  • Undergraduate Library (UL)
  • Wilson Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask the TAs questions-that's why they are there.
  • Check your e-mail constantly.
  • Do your homework yourself.
  • Get involved in things you love, and develop your passions.
  • Give yourself a budget!
  • Go to class-even the lectures.
  • Go to professors' office hours if you need one-on-one attention; even if a class is not in your intended major, take it if you've heard it's interesting.
  • If you need help, get a tutor-some are free, and the ones who charge are cheap.
  • Keep up with your homework-procrastinating is the worst thing to do in college.
  • Pick classes that interest you.
  • Talk to upperclassmen about which professors to take and which ones to avoid.
Did You Know?
  • In January 2001, Black Enterprise ranked UNC-CH as number one among national public research universities (14th overall) as a top college or university for African Americans.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine noted UNC-CH as one of the "Best Value" schools for six consecutive years (2002-2007).

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 26% Mia Hamm - soccer player and Olympic gold medalist
  • 20% Andy Griffith - actor and television personality
  • 14% Charles Kuralt - award-winning journalist
  • 8% Michael Jordan
  • 4% Francis Collins (MD) - director, National Human Genome Project
  • 4% Anoop Desai - sixth place finalist, American Idol
  • 4% Gene Roberts - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • 4% Charles Frazier - author of "Cold Mountain"
  • 4% Jeff MacNelly - political cartoonist
  • 2% Donald Baer - former White House communications director
  • 2% Brooke Baldwin
  • 2% Lewis Black
  • 2% Michael Jordan-- Professional basketball player
  • 2% Michael Jordan - best NBA player of all-time.
  • 2% Michael Jordan
  • 0% Deborah Potter - journalist and correspondent
  • 0% George Grizzard - film and theater actor
  • 0% Davis Love III - professional golfer
  • 0% Randall Kenan - author and columnist
  • 0% Marion Jones - Olympic gold medalist

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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