Carolina is the first public university in the nation, and this shapes our identity, our mission, and is reflected in the design of our curriculum and academic structure.

We do not admit students directly into a major, and instead encourage them to explore disciplines broadly during their first two years at the University, because we believe that this will best equip them for a lifetime of leadership and service. With just over 19,000 undergraduates, Carolina’s student body is comprised of students who are from different backgrounds and perspectives, who want to learn with and from each other, and who want the best for each other.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Public, Liberal arts college

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 28%
  • Average ACT range: 29-33
  • Average SAT range: 1320-1500
  • Test optional?: Test flexible for the fall 2021 admissions cycle
  • Common Application accepted?: Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Arts, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, English, Environmental Sciences, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Humanities, Information Sciences/Systems, International Relations, Journalism, Languages, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Military Sciences, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Theology/Religion, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit/talent based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $52,908


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sportsMen's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's Football / Soccer, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Women's Gymnastics, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rowing, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Men's Wrestling

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