UNC-Chapel Hill is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research, and public service. Chartered in 1789 as the nation’s first public university, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Click here to check out some of UNC’s latest facts, figures, and points of pride.
The University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate, and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students learn from a faculty of approximately 3,600. Every day, faculty, staff, and students collaborate and innovate to meet the most pressing needs of North Carolina and the world.
The University anchors one corner of the Research Triangle, named for the close proximity of three major research universities: UNC in Chapel Hill, Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. UNC’s campus is about 12 miles east of Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the country and home to 200 companies with expertise in fields such as micro-electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental science.
Chapel Hill has been called the “perfect college town.” The campus and community mesh to provide a stimulating variety of intellectual and cultural events, entertainment options, and volunteer opportunities. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau website is a great guide for exploring the area in person.
Located in the north-central Piedmont section of North Carolina, approximately midway between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., Chapel Hill enjoys four distinct seasons, though winters are usually mild, with temperatures averaging 40 degrees.
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For insights into local housing options, visit the Carolina Housing website and The Daily Tar Heel's heelshousing.com. The Town of Chapel Hill's "Students" page offers information about the area, including transportation, parking, and community initiatives.
SILS student services has also put together a great resource for recently admitted graduate students.