The University’s academic culture fosters excellence in the liberal arts and the humanities, as well as in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship between and among the health, natural and social sciences. The breadth and depth of the campus community enable its members to consider complex issues, advances and discoveries from all perspectives.
Many of Carolina’s greatest academic and research successes were made possible by these strengths and by the faculty’s passion and pride in taking a broad, holistic approach to teaching and scholarship and to the development of the student body.
In July 2019, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked UNC-Chapel Hill as the No. 1 value in American public higher education. Carolina has topped the list all 18 times Kiplinger’s has published a “best value” ranking. The University also climbed 12 spots on the overall “best value” list to No. 2.
In 2018, U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” guidebook ranked UNC-Chapel Hill the fifth-best public university for the 18th consecutive year.
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings for 2020 named Carolina the third-best value university.
Multiple UNC-Chapel Hill graduate programs were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 2020 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” including the School of Medicine as No. 1 for primary care.
Reuters placed Carolina ninth in its 2018 list of the World’s Most Innovative Universities.