The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) was the first state university in the nation to admit students and the only one to award degrees to students in the 18th century. On January 15, 1975 the University begain it's tradition of providing quality educational experiences with the opening of a two story brick building which has come to be Old East. UNC-Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States while Old East is the oldest public university building in America.
In recent years, the University has been consistently recognized for its quality. A National Academy of Sciences survey ranked the institution first in the South and eighteenth in the nation. In polls of educators, it has been voted one of the country’s best public universities, and one of only three state institutions to be considered among the top research universities. Additionally, the biomedical research enterprise is flourishing at UNC. The University currently ranks 13th among U.S. universities with respect to total National Institutes of Health-sponsored research funding.
UNC-Chapel Hill has grown from two faculty and 41 students in 1795 to nearly 2,000 faculty and more than 22,000 students - 6,000 of whom are engaged in graduate and professional studies. Its 14 colleges and schools offer 61 doctoral and four professional degrees. Today, the central campus is 729 acres with tree lined quads, outdoor gardens and brick walkways that lead you to it's historic past.
The UNC campus is the centerpiece of the Chapel Hill community which has a population of over 60,000. Selected by MONEY magazine as one of the 5 best places in the United States in which to live, and named "the best college town in America" in a recent survey of the nation’s best public universities, Chapel Hill offers an unique blend of small town atmosphere and cosmopolitan sophistication. Its mild winters and close proximity to both the Appalachian Mountains and the Carolina beaches (including the Outer Banks) offer outstanding recreational opportunities. Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia are close enough for weekend trips, and the Chapel Hill-Raleigh-Durham area is well known for its enthusiastic appreciation of college, and more recently, professional sports.