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Facts and Figures

Overall Global Rankings

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 31st among global universities and 21st among U.S. universities, according to the 2023 Academic Rankings of World Universities produced by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 41st among the world’s top 1,750 research universities and 7th among U.S. public campuses, according to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report Best Global Universities rankings.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 72nd worldwide and 29th among U.S. universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2024.

Faculty and Research

  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 11th among leading U.S. private and public research universities for federal research $827 million annually. (HERD Survey, 2022)
  • $1.36 billion of sponsored research activity secured annually makes UNC-Chapel Hill the 12th largest US research university in volume and annual expenditures. (HERD Survey, 2022)
  • 150+ faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill are members of the National Academies and prestigious learned societies. (UNC Research, 2023)

Academics and Programs

  • UNC-Chapel Hill has 6 Title VI National Resource Centers, ranking Carolina 1st among universities in the Southeast U.S. and among the top 7 universities nationwide. (Spring 2023)
  • 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.
  • Around 25 languages are offered to Carolina students, ranging from Chinese to Russian to Lingala to Yucatec Maya (2023).
  • UNC Libraries collection holds more than 9.2 million titles in nearly 200 languages (2017).

Distinguished Scholarship Recipients

  • 54 Rhodes Scholars have been selected for study at Oxford University in England; highest among U.S. public universities. (2022)
  • UNC-Chapel Hill ties 5th among all public research universities in student Fulbright awards for 2022-2023 and was recognized as a top producer of Fulbrighters for that cycle. (2023)
  • UNC-Chapel Hill is a top-performing institution for Boren Awards with 9 recipients selected in 2023. Carolina tied for the 4th highest number of overall awardees in the nation and the 3rd highest for undergraduate Boren Scholarships. (2023)
  • 40 Luce Scholars have been selected for internship in Asia, the highest in the U.S. (2020)
  • 7 George J. Mitchell Scholars have been selected for graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. (2020)
  • 20 Winston Churchill Foundation Scholars have been selected for graduate study at England’s University of Cambridge. (2020)
  • 22 Marshall Scholars have been selected for two years of graduate study at any British university. (2021)

International Students and Scholars

  • Carolina ranked 30th among top host institutions for international scholars in the United States according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2022 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill enrolled more than 2,500 international students from more than 100 countries as of Fall 2022.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosted 853 international scholars from 74 countries during the 2021-2022 academic year.


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

Study Abroad

  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 11th 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) 2022 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
  • 41% of undergraduate students studied 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 were offered by the Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019.
  • $978,122 was awarded to 212 students in the College of Arts and Sciences for study abroad during the 2018-2019 academic year.