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Strengths at UNC-Chapel Hill

The first public university in the nation to open its doors to students in 1795, UNC-Chapel Hill is now an institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence across undergraduate and graduate programs, public service to the people of North Carolina and beyond, and intensive research across a wide spectrum of disciplines. UNC-Chapel Hill is a recognized leader in supporting collaborative, innovative and often interdisciplinary research teams that are addressing the major problems of the world. Research funding and distinctions have established UNC-Chapel Hill as one of the top-ranked research universities in the country. This data is provided by the UNC Office of Institutional Research.

  • No. 1Pharmacy School in the US
  • 3rdin Nation for Social Sciences Research
  • TwoNobel Laureates
  • $1.1 Bof Research Conducted Annually
  • No. 5University in the U.S. for Federal Research
  • 1stin the Nation for Federally Funded Social and Behavioral Science Research and Development
  • 21stMost Cited University in the World
  • 150Faculty Members of the National Academies

Highlighted Areas of Innovation and Expertise

A leader in education and research, UNC-Chapel Hill is composed of our College of Arts & Sciences, five major health affairs schools (Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing), and numerous professional schools (Law, Education, Journalism and Media, Social Work, Government and Business). The University’s numerous and diverse schools, centers and institutes foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary culture that accelerates new discoveries, enriches teaching and strengthens service. Below are examples of emerging and established focus areas that reflect the innovation and expertise across our campus.