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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Nation’s first public university

Chartered in 1789 as the first state university in the United States; Old East cornerstone laid in 1795; classes began in 1795.

  • Public four-year research institution

Among the leading research universities

Member, Association of American Universities

Regularly ranked as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education

  • Student enrollment

29,127 (fall 2013)

  • Faculty

3,696 (2013)

  • Staff

8,287 (2013)

  • Campus

729 acres (not including outlying properties)

About 300 major buildings

  • UNC Health Care

Facilities adjacent to the University include the N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Women’s Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital and the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

  • Annual University budget

$2.7 billion (fiscal 2013-2014)

  • Location

Chapel Hill, N.C., Orange County

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