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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: UNC is known for its academics although the academic scandals may decrease that.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Registration process is one of the most stressful processes at UNC!! BEWARE

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Depending on majors, courses could be very tough. However, make the best out of it! As long as you don't stress yourself out and want to feel negative, you can see so many more positive aspects, especially if you have nice relationships, too. If you major in biomedical engineering and minoring in physics, naturally there will be a heavy workload, but I genuinely enjoy the subject, partially because the people here are great, as well. There are so many opportunities there, and the professors are happy to take on underclassmen. Just make sure you reach out to them, though. Don't expect the opportunity to just come to you.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Over all, the workload is definitely tough. For first-years it is because we don't know how to budget our time well; for second years, a lot want to study abroad or that is when we get serious about extra curricular, so everything is a little more time consuming; junior classes are just super tough; seniors have senioritis, so it goes back to budgeting time again. Professors are all pretty cool here, depending on the class. I'm primarily taking science and math courses and I've liked most of them so far. Class registration pretty much sucks, but they do get better as you become upperclassmen since they have more priority. There are A LOT of free tutoring around here, so unless you really want one on one, there is no reason to spend money at all. However, that does change as the classes get harder and become more specialized; then you're best off with study groups. The libraries get packed pretty quick, but Davis has eight or more floors, so you can likely find a spot.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: This institution is an elite school and ranks among the best public schools in the nation.

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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 21 responses

  • 24% Mia Hamm - soccer player and Olympic gold medalist
  • 21% Andy Griffith - actor and television personality
  • 12% Charles Kuralt - award-winning journalist
  • 7% Francis Collins (MD) - director, National Human Genome Project
  • 6% Gene Roberts - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • 6% Michael Jordan
  • 4% Anoop Desai - sixth place finalist, American Idol
  • 4% Charles Frazier - author of "Cold Mountain"
  • 3% Donald Baer - former White House communications director
  • 3% Jeff MacNelly - political cartoonist
  • 3% Michael Jordan-- Professional basketball player
  • 1% Brooke Baldwin
  • 1% Lewis Black
  • 1% Michael Jordan - best NBA player of all-time.
  • 1% 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 85 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 85 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.

How often do you:    Based on 13 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 13 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 23% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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