Global Facts and Figures

Global Rankings

UNC ranks 32nd among the world’s top 1,000 research universities and 11th among U.S. public campuses, according to the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 56th worldwide and 29th among U.S. universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016-2017. In the same world rankings, UNC ranks:

  • 73rd in the arts and humanities (27th in the U.S.)
  • 25th in clinical, pre-clinical and health (15th in the U.S.)
  • 32nd in social sciences (21st in the U.S.)
  • 59th in life sciences (25th in the U.S.)

UNC ranks 35th among global universities and 25th among U.S. universities, according to the 2015 Academic Rankings of World Universities produced by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In the same rankings, UNC placed 51-75th for environmental science and engineering.

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 30% of undergraduate students study abroad before graduating.
  • From Fall 2014 through Summer 2015, 2,108 undergraduate, graduate and professional students received academic credit for travel to over 65 countries.
  • 325 study abroad programs in more than 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

  • 37 Luce Scholars for internship in Asia; highest in the U.S. (as of 2015)
  • 49 Rhodes Scholars for study at Oxford University in England; highest among U.S. public universities (as of 2015)
  • 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

  • 1,690 international students, 437 undergraduate, 996 graduate students and 257 non-degree/exchange students from more than 90 countries (2015)
  • 1,392 international scholars from more than 80 countries (2014-2015)


  • 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 Kiswahili to Maya (Fall 2014 to Summer 2015)
  • 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

  • 6th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding devoted to research and development in all fields with $610.66 million (2014)
  • 8th in overall research and development expenditures with $792.73 million (2014)
  • 85 countries served by the Carolina Population Center (2014)
  • 15th among public research institutions for the number of faculty members inducted into National Academies (2014)