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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina opened its doors in 1795, becoming the first state university in the United States. Today, it is widely acclaimed as one of the best. National publications regularly publish rankings that list Carolina prominently in categories ranging from academic quality to affordability to diversity to engagement to international presence. Now in its third century, Carolina offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees in a wide variety of academic areas: business, dentistry, education, public administration, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. Through its teaching, research, and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an educational and economic beacon for the people of North Carolina and beyond.

Students and Faculty
Who comes to Carolina? Students ready to challenge themselves with talented classmates and top-notch professors on one residential campus in the ultimate college town. Students who want to participate in more than 600 clubs and organizations, work with cutting-edge resources and technologies and cheer on some of the nation’s most successful sports teams. Carolina students come from all over the world. See current student stats.

Many faculty members hold or have held major posts in virtually every national scholarly or professional organization and have earned election to the most prestigious academic academies and organizations.

Research and Libraries
Carolina ranks among the top US public universities in research support. Faculty attracted more than $767 million in total research grants and contracts in fiscal 2012 for research that is helping to cure diseases and produce new knowledge to help people. On a year-to-year average, UNC-Chapel Hill’s research awards comprise a little over half of the total research awards for all UNC system campuses.

UNC's libraries combine a long and distinguished history with a vibrant mission of service to the University and the state. Our library system is consistently ranked among the top twenty in the country and is one of the leading research libraries in the South.

The 729-acre central campus includes the two oldest state university buildings, Old East and Person Hall. Old East and Playmakers Theatre, an 1852 Greek-revival building, are National Historic Landmarks. The American Society of Landscape Architects selected the Carolina campus as one of the most beautifully landscaped spots in the country. That listing is among the praise affirming the charm of mighty oaks, majestic quadrangles, brick sidewalks and other landscaping synonymous with UNC.

The University uses the nickname "Tar Heels," and the entire state does as well. The nickname has at least two possible origins. One story hails back to the Revolutionary War and the troops of British General Cornwallis; the other comes from the Civil War.

As symbols of unity among Carolina students, alumni, and fans, the school colors of light blue and white were first used around 1800. With the tradition so firmly established, a popular bumper sticker states that God must be a Tar Heel because he made the sky Carolina Blue!

Non-discrimination Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It is the policy of this university not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status with regard to its students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment. Federal law also prohibits such discrimination. Any complaints alleging failure of this institution to follow this policy should be brought to the attention of the assistant to the chancellor at 919.962.1219.

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