Carolina offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in academic areas critical to North Carolina’s future: business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. Offerings include 78 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. The health sciences are well integrated with the liberal arts, basic sciences and high-tech programs. Patient outreach programs affiliated with Carolina and the UNC Health Care System serve citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties.
Carolina belongs to the select group of leading American and Canadian campuses forming the Association of American Universities.
In 2014-2015, Carolina awarded 6,053 degrees – 3,769 bachelor’s, 1,419 master’s, 217 doctoral and 648 professional degrees from the school of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.
In fall 2015, Carolina enrolled 4,081 first-year students from a record 31,955 applications, which generated 71,640 individual reads by admissions staff. Nearly 77 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and the middle 50 percent of the class scored between 1820 and 2130 on the SAT. More than 19 percent were first-generation college students; another 14 percent were eligible for the Carolina Covenant, which promises qualified low-income students the chance to graduate debt-free. In all, Carolina enrolled 18,421 undergraduates in fall 2015. The entire student body totals 29,120.
Students learn from a full-time 3,667-member faculty. Many of those 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. This includes Dr. Anziz Sancar, co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Dr. Oliver Smithies, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine.
Carolina’s academic community benefits from a library with 8.2 million volumes and 92,483 serial titles that perennially ranks among the best research libraries in North America as judged by the Association of Research Libraries. UNC’s Southern Historical Collection, with more than 15 million unique items, is the largest collection anywhere of materials that document the region.
More than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. Over 167,000 of those alumni live in all 100 North Carolina counties. Notable alumni include writers Thomas Wolfe, Shelby Foote, Russell Banks and Jill McCorkle; athletes Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Mia Hamm and Davis Love III; Tar Heel Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams; journalists Charles Kuralt, Alan Murray, Stuart Scott and Tom Wicker and numerous North Carolina governors and elected officials.
Others include former UNC President Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff; Sen. Paul Wellstone; Bill Harrison, former chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Ann Martinelli Livermore, former executive vice president, technology solutions group, Hewlett Packard Co.; and UNC President Emeritus C.D. Spangler.
More include Peter Grauer, current trustee and chief executive officer and chairman of Bloomberg, L.P.; Amy Woods Brinkley, former global risk executive for Bank of America Corp.; Mary Sue Coleman, a biochemist and former Carolina vice chancellor and now the University of Michigan president; Elson Floyd, former UNC executive vice chancellor, and former president of Washington State University; U.S. President James Polk; geneticist Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity International; actors Billy Crudup, Jack Palance, George Grizzard and Andy Griffith, as well as actresses Louise Fletcher and Sharon Lawrence; editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly; Hugh McColl, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Bank of America Corp.; and fashion designer Alexander Julian.