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 6,000 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 principle of equity, equal opportunity, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or disability.
As a research-extensive university, UNC-Chapel Hill awards more than 400 Ph.D degrees each year. The university research funding reached $1.05 billion in 2019. Much of this research entails collaborations across schools, departments, and other units, reflecting the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship 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.
UNC is ranked one of the 5th best Public Universities by US News and World Report. UNC surpassed $1 billion in annual research expenditures in 2019. UNC is ranked 5th nationally in overall federal research and development.
To learn more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the following links are provided:
- About UNC – http://www.unc.edu/about
- Research – http://research.unc.edu
- Home Page – http://www.unc.edu
Chapel Hill, a town of about 55,000 residents, is in the center of the state, about 250 miles from some of the most attractive beaches and national seashores on the East Coast and 250 miles from the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Summers in Chapel Hill are pleasant, characterized by a peaceful mix of lush green surroundings, long periods of sunny days, and a relaxed town and campus atmosphere. The cultural life of the University, Chapel Hill, and the Research Triangle area is excellent. In addition, Duke University is about 10 miles from Chapel Hill; North Carolina State University, in the state capital of Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are about 20 and 50 miles away, respectively. Also nearby is the well known Research Triangle Park, where many firms have large scientific research facilities, and where the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and the US Environmental Protection Agency Research Center are located.