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Facts and Figures

Global Rankings

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 33rd among the world’s top 1,500 research universities, and 7th among U.S. public campuses, according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 56th worldwide and 28th among U.S. universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020-21.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 30th among global universities and 20th among U.S. universities, according to the 2020 Academic Rankings of World Universities produced by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 21st among global universities and 3rd among U.S. universities, according to the 2019 UI GreenMetric World Universities Ranking.

Study Abroad

  • 41% of undergraduate students study abroad before graduating (2018-2019).
  • From Fall 2018 through Summer 2019, 2,479 undergraduate, graduate and professional students received academic credit for travel to over 60 countries.
  • 374 study abroad programs in 70 countries are offered by the Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences (2019).
  • $978,122 was awarded to 212 students in the College of Arts and Sciences for study abroad (2018-2019).
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 17th among all U.S. higher institutions for the number of students earning credit for study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

Distinguished Scholarship Recipients

  • 49 Rhodes Scholars for study at Oxford University in England; highest among U.S. public universities (as of 2019)
  • 336 Fulbright Student Program Awards for international research, study or teaching (1973 to 2019)
  • 7th among all public research universities in Student Fulbright Awards for 2019-2020
  • 40 Luce Scholars for internship in Asia; highest in the U.S. (as of 2020)
  • 7 George J. Mitchell Scholars for graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland (as of 2020)
  • 20 total Winston Churchill Foundation Scholars for graduate study at England’s University of Cambridge (as of 2020)
  • 20 Marshall Scholars for two years of graduate study at any British university (as of 2020)
  • 18 National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships (as of 2020)

International Students and Scholars

  • Carolina ranked 27th among top host institutions for international scholars in the United States according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange (2019).
  • 2,400 international students from 106 countries (Fall 2019)
  • 1,360 international scholars from 84 countries (2018-2019)

Faculty and Research

  • 5th among leading private and public research universities for federal research $647 million (2019)
  • $1.1 billion of sponsored research from all sources annually, making UNC-Chapel Hill the 11th largest US research university in volume and annual expenditures (2019)
  • 95 countries served by the Carolina Population Center (2018)
  • 14th among public research institutions for the number of faculty members inducted into National Academies (2020)

Academics and Programs

  • 5 Title VI National Resource Centers, ranking Carolina 1st among universities in the Southeast U.S. and 6th among public universities (Fall 2018)
  • The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, jointly managed with Duke’s Center for International Development, is one of only six such centers worldwide.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduate certificate in Languages Across the Curriculum is the first such professional certification in the U.S.
  • More than 25 languages taught through Carolina, ranging from Chinese to Russian to Lingala to Yucatec Maya (Fall 2018 to Summer 2019).
  • The University Libraries collection holds more than 7.2 million library volumes in almost 300 languages from nearly every country in the world (2012).


  • 5th among large U.S. colleges and universities for the number of alumni volunteering for the Peace Corps (2019) with 43 Heels serving in communities around the globe as teachers, health care workers, small business mentors, and much more.
  • 14 alumni have served as U.S. Ambassadors (2012)
  • Over 6,200 alumni living in more than 140 countries (2019)