Academics

Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrads
17,437
Tuition (in-state)
$24,954 ($5,128)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

5 College Sophomore

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

2 College Senior

Academics: The School of Education at UNC is slightly more ideology based than pedagogy based, for better or for worse. My classes have been very focused on making my classroom inclusive, interacting with families of different frameworks and cultures, or incorporating different cultures into my curriculum. I feel than I have had significantly less instruction on HOW to actually teach.

3 College Senior

Academics: UNC is very very challenging, but manageable once you get the hang of college and find your niche. It's a bit too big for its own good, so you must fight for personal attention. Many freshman and sophomore level classes are huge, and a good half of your professors will never have a clue who you are.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Journalism school at Carolina is one of the best in the country, and it really makes me feel at home when I am in the classroom.

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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
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Biology
Grad Year
2013
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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
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,686
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
304
Total FT Faculty
3,143
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$104,648
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
89%
Programs/Majors Offered
121
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 fridaycenter.unc.edu/cp/cco.
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 14 responses

  • 27% Mia Hamm - soccer player and Olympic gold medalist
  • 20% Andy Griffith - actor and television personality
  • 16% Charles Kuralt - award-winning journalist
  • 9% Michael Jordan
  • 4% Anoop Desai - sixth place finalist, American Idol
  • 4% Gene Roberts - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • 4% Jeff MacNelly - political cartoonist
  • 2% Francis Collins (MD) - director, National Human Genome Project
  • 2% Charles Frazier - author of "Cold Mountain"
  • 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% Donald Baer - former White House communications director
  • 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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