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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 4-Year Public

About UNC Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UNC Chapel Hill was founded in 1789 and now enrolls around 30,098 students a year, including 19,399 undergrads.

UNC Chapel Hill offers housing for up to 9,682 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of UNC Chapel Hill's endowment was $3.524 billion For each full-time student, UNC Chapel Hill spends about $27,226. There are 15 undergraduate students for every full-time UNC Chapel Hill professor.

2021 UNC Chapel Hill Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 24%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 3%
Average GPA 4.4
Mean ACT score 30
Mean SAT score 1360
In-State Tuition $7,020
Out-of-State $34,804

2022 UNC Chapel Hill Regular Decision Application Deadline

UNC Chapel Hill's regular decision application deadline is January 31. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 31.

Early Admission at UNC Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to UNC Chapel Hill is on October 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
UNC Chapel Hill admits 3% of students that apply early action.

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UNC Chapel Hill Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into UNC Chapel Hill. UNC Chapel Hill admitted 24% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 44,382 applications received in 2021, 10,446 students were offered admission.

UNC Chapel Hill Waitlist 2021

UNC Chapel Hill reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

UNC Chapel Hill is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UNC Chapel Hill, applicants must submit the following items.

UNC Chapel Hill Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselors statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

UNC Chapel Hill Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 4.4 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UNC Chapel Hill is 1360. The mean ACT score for UNC Chapel Hill students is 30.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UNC Chapel Hill.

Does UNC Chapel Hill Require Test Scores?

UNC Chapel Hill is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 65% submitted the SAT. 70% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at UNC Chapel Hill

Yes! UNC Chapel Hill provides on-campus housing for up to 9,682 students.

UNC Chapel Hill students are active in the school's Residence Hall Association, Carolina Fever and Campus Y. Fall Fest, Late Night with Roy, and and Homecoming are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UNC Chapel Hill.

Financial Aid at UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Chapel Hill meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,600 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is UNC Chapel Hill a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNC Chapel Hill

About 95% of students who start at UNC Chapel Hill come back the next year. Out of the 3,976 students who started at UNC Chapel Hill as first-time freshman, 3,409 graduate within four years.

UNC Chapel Hill's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 91%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UNC Chapel Hill Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 59% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $52,122 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $20,563 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UNC Chapel Hill sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UNC Chapel Hill a good school for you?

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Where is UNC Chapel Hill?

UNC Chapel Hill is located in the suburban setting of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, less than an hour from Raleigh-Durham.

If you want to see UNC Chapel Hill for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Chapel Hill, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Raleigh-Durham International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UNC Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill are like without leaving home.

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College Info

153A Country Club Road Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Campus Setting: Suburban

UNC Chapel Hill Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNC Chapel Hill is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNC Chapel Hill is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UNC Chapel Hill ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Chapel Hill is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Chapel Hill. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Chapel Hill SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1460


Math SAT Range

630 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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SAT Score

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1460 and Above


1270 to 1460


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Chapel Hill students is 1360. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Chapel Hill, while applicants with SAT scores between 1270 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1270 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC Chapel Hill Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UNC Chapel Hill is like? There are approximately 30,098 students enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill, including 19,399 undergraduate students and 10,699 graduate students. 95% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from NC and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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