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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are really nice and helpful. There are some easy classes but there are some with heavy workload, but one can learn a great deal from them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is difficult, but obtainable.

Each class is completely different. Overall, the course load is usually rigorous. I was surprised at how the work "never ends" in college, but that is college in general. BUT, there is time to have fun and to make friends and memories as well.

The professors are all very different, but overall I have been very impressed.

Registration is straight forward, but my schedule is different and I have difficulty taking classes that are not 8 or 9 a.m. classes, but this is not the case for many of my friends and I am super jealous. It depends on your major, but for the most part the registration process is straight forward. Once again use blinkness.com.

I study at the library, dorm study rooms, coffee houses, outside, the quad, the union, and the study center.

The workload also depends on your major. There is a heavy workload with different majors, but it also depends on what you are interested in and I enjoy my major and while the workload is heavy, I think it is super interesting and love understanding how life processes work.

There are a variety of majors and even more minors. My minor in journalism encompasses photojournalism and graphic design. You can even design your own major. One of my friends is doing that!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are of a very high quality, and the professors are very passionate about their teaching and research.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: One of the best in the world

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4 College Senior

Academics: Professors and classes are engaging and interesting but at times the curriculum is quite difficult to grasp.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 147 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 73 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 73 responses

  • 47% This was my dream school.
  • 45% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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