The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of sixteen constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina, was the first state university to admit students and formally opened in 1795. The University's first building, Old East, is a national shrine. The University is coeducational with an enrollment of approximately 23,000 undergraduate and 6000 graduate students at the Chapel Hill campus. Cultural and recreational activities include a planetarium, art museum, student union, and numerous excellent sports facilities. The University is committed to the principal of equal opportunity, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or handicap.
As a research-extensive university, UNC-Chapel Hill awards more than 400 Ph.D degrees each year. The university research funding reached $803 million in 2010, representing a 12% increase over 2009. Much of this research entails collaborations across schools, departments, and other units, reflecting the University's emphasis on interdisciplinary scholorship between and among the health, natural and social sciences. Carolina is making a strong bid to become the leading public research university in the United States of America.
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