Global Facts and Figures

Global Rankings

UNC ranks 34th among the world’s top 1,000 research universities, tied with the University of Sydney, and 10th among U.S. public campuses, according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 56th worldwide, tied with the University of Minnesota, and 30th among U.S. universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017-2018. In the same world rankings, UNC ranks:

  • 68th in the arts and humanities (25th in the U.S.)
  • 45th in education (23rd in the U.S.)
  • 32nd in social sciences (19th in the U.S.)

UNC ranks 33rd among global universities and 23rd among U.S. universities, according to the 2017 Academic Rankings of World Universities produced by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

UNC ranks 7th among global universities and 4th among U.S. universities, according to the 2015 UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking.

Study Abroad

  • More than 34% of undergraduate students study abroad before graduating.
  • From Fall 2015 through Summer 2016, 2,124 undergraduate, graduate and professional students received academic credit for travel to over 54 countries.
  • More than 350 study abroad programs in 70 countries are offered by the Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences (2015).
  • $3,356,900 was awarded for study abroad from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kenan-Flagler Business School (2013-2015).

Distinguished Scholarship Recipients

  • 38 Luce Scholars for internship in Asia; highest in the U.S. (as of 2017)
  • 49 Rhodes Scholars for study at Oxford University in England; highest among U.S. public universities (as of 2017)
  • More than 260 Fulbright Student Program Awards for international research, study or teaching (1973 to 2017), and 6th among all public research universities in Student Fulbright Awards for 2016-2017
  • 5 George J. Mitchell Scholars for graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland (as of 2015)
  • 15 total Winston Churchill Foundation Scholars for graduate study at England’s University of Cambridge (as of 2015)
  • 7 Marshall Scholars for two years of graduate study at any British university (as of 2015)
  • 13 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (as of 2015)

International Students and Scholars

  • 1,766 international students, 446 undergraduate, 1035 graduate students and 285 non-degree/exchange students from more than 90 countries (2016)
  • 1,372 international scholars from more than 75 countries (2015-2016)


  • 7th among large U.S. colleges and universities for the number of alumni volunteering for the Peace Corps (2017)
  • 14 alumni have served as U.S. Ambassadors (2012)
  • Over 6,100 alumni living in more than 160 countries (2016)

Academics and Programs

  • 6 Title VI National Resource Centers, ranking UNC in the top among U.S. research universities (Fall 2014)
  • The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, jointly managed with Duke’s Center for International Development, is one of only six such centers worldwide
  • UNC’s Graduate Certificate in Languages Across the Curriculum is the first such professional certification in the U.S.
  • 25 languages offered, ranging from Chinese to Russian to Lingala to Maya (Fall 2016 to Summer 2017)
  • The UNC University Libraries collection holds more than 7.2 million library volumes in almost 300 languages from nearly every country in the world (2012)

 Faculty and Research

  • 8th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding devoted to research and development in all fields with $586 million (2015)
  • 11th in overall research and development expenditures with $967 million (2015)
  • 85 countries served by the Carolina Population Center (2016)
  • 13th among public research institutions for the number of faculty members inducted into National Academies (2015)