University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Undergraduate
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.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nations first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century.
Authorized by the N.C. Constitution in 1776, the university was chartered by the N.C. General Assembly Dec. 11, 1789, the same year George Washington first was inaugurated as president.
The cornerstone was laid for Old East, the nations first state university building, Oct. 12, 1793. Hinton James, the first student, arrived from Wilmington, N.C., Feb. 12, 1795.
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.
Several national publications regularly publish rankings that listed Carolina prominently in categories ranging from academic quality to affordability to diversity to public service to international presence. Recent highlights include:
5th best public university in U.S. News & World Report's 2006 "Best Colleges" guidebook. Affirmation as a national leader in student accessibility; 1st among public campuses and 10th overall in "Great Schools, Great Prices," based on academic quality, net cost of attendance and average student debt. 5th among publics for "least debt." 54% of course sections enrolled fewer than 20 students-a key UNC measure of excellence.
Kenan-Flagler Business School: tied for 5th among undergraduate programs; tied for second among public campuses.
Recent freshman classes at Carolina have set new standards of excellence as measured by the rigorous coursework students have taken in high school, as well as their grades and SAT scores. In 2005, the university's incoming freshmen continued that trend. And the most academically qualified incoming class ever enrolled in fall 2005-3,751 students from more than 18,700 applicants. Nearly three of every four entering students were in the top 10 percent of their class. Forty percent were among the top 10 students. Eleven percent were valedictorians or salutatorians, and 85 percent earned a 4.0 grade-point average or better. Enrolling students' average SAT score was 1299, up 12 points from last year and 42 points in the past five years.