UNC Chapel Hill Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Allen Grove

UNC Chapel Hill Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 27 percent in 2016, UNC Chapel Hill is a highly selective university. Accepted students tend to have grades up in the "A" range and standardized test scores that are well above average. Students will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, an official high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement.


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Admissions Data (2016):

UNC Chapel Hill Description:

UNC Chapel Hill is one of the so-called "Public Ivy" schools. It consistently ranks in the top five among public universities, and its total costs are generally lower than the other top-ranked schools. Chapel Hill's schools of medicine, law, and business all have excellent reputations.

Research strengths have earned the university membership in the AAU, and strong liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university's beautiful and historic campus was opened in 1795. UNC Chapel Hill also boasts excellent athletics -- the Tar Heels compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Because of the university's many strengths, it made my list of top public universitiestop North Carolina collegestop southeastern colleges, and top business schools.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 29,468 (18,522 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,834 (in-state); $33,916 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,442 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,218
  • Other Expenses: $3,404
  • Total Cost: $24,898 (in-state); $49,980 (out-of-state)

UNC Chapel Hill Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 64 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42 percent
    • Loans: 29 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,758
    • Loans: $6,665

Academic Programs:

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Football, Fencing, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Gymnastics

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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