University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


R&D Budget

$792 Million


Number of Labs



Number of Scientists


Who we are:
Opened to students in 1795, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was the nation’s first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., 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 any public university in the nation. UNC’s mission is to serve as a center for research, scholarship, and creativity and to teach a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to become the next generation of leaders.
What we do:
UNC is making a strong bid to become the leading public research university in the nation. In the Carnegie Foundation’s classification of colleges and universities, UNC qualifies at the highest level, as a research-extensive university. Additionally, based on the most recent available data, UNC ranks eighth among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding devoted to research and development in all fields.
Why young
scientists are
important to us:
UNC looks at research is a way of learning. Each year over 2000 graduate student research assistants engage in scholarly research and cutting-edge discovery. UNC also involves its undergraduates in the adventures of scholarship and science. Their student researchers contribute to many of their most exciting discoveries.
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