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Rank: 58

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NCwww.unc.edu
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first public university, has long been known as one of the best bargains for a competitive school. Among the strongest departments at UNC are biology and other sciences, traditional liberal arts such as religious studies, and journalism. The typical student scores about 1300 on the SAT (although if you're an out-of-stater, the school is much more selective). UNC has a comparatively high graduation rate of 91%. Sports play a big role on campus: Basketball games are typically sold out, especially when the Tar Heels face Duke, their fiercest rival. But basketball is hardly the university's most successful sport. The women's soccer team has won 22 NCAA titles, most recently in 2012. When they aren't studying or cheering, students have access to hundreds of on-campus clubs as well as the college town's many nightclubs and restaurants. UNC's female-to-male ratio, 61 to 39 for the fall 2017 cohort, though, causes some complaints about the social life. On University Day every year, the school celebrates its place as the country's first public university. Presidents including John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton have addressed students in the past. Professor Aziz Sancar, a researcher at the UNC School of Medicine, won the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Alumni include author Mary Pope Osborne and former President James K. Polk.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,200
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,800
Average price for low-income students
$3,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
27%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
19,429
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$7,679
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,500
Average salary within 3 years
$51,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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