The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s vibrant people and programs attest to the University’s long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the first public university in the United States. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by
UNC-Chapel Hill is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education.
Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students learn from a faculty of 3,600. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in all 100 counties. Carolina’s 292,500 alumni live in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.
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Chancellor Carol L. Folt
Carol L. Folt became the 11th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and is the University’s first female leader. Folt is an internationally recognized scientist, award-winning teacher, and accomplished administrator. She has worked to fulfill her charge as chancellor by championing Carolina as a great global public research university. Her priorities include preserving and expanding the University’s academic excellence, access and affordability, and service to North Carolina.
Folt has worked to improve undergraduate retention rates, particularly for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, has taken a strong position on protecting students from sexual assault, and initiated conversations about difficult topics at the University and nationally. Under Folt’s leadership, the University received nearly 36,000 applications for the undergraduate Class of 2020, breaking the previous record for the 11th consecutive year. Carolina is one of the nation’s largest research institutions, with the 6th largest federally funded research portfolio at just under $1 billion, and has made innovation and entrepreneurship part of its core missions of research, teaching, and service.
Folt came to Carolina from Dartmouth College, where she was interim president in 2012-2013, an administrator, and a faculty member. A native of Akron, Ohio, Folt holds a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology and a master’s degree in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received her doctorate in ecology from the University of California at Davis.