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Academics

What sets UNC apart from other universities? Our faculty connect innovative teaching with relevant research for an education that not only prepares you for your future career, but sets you apart from the crowd. 

UNC’s Unique Learning Environment

You gain the best of a small, teaching-focused institution combined with the progressive knowledge of a research-based university. At UNC, our professors don’t have to choose between teaching and research because they have the opportunity to work closely with students while sharing their research in the classroom. And that makes for a passionately different approach to education for our students. 

Benefit From Innovative Teaching 

Benefit from UNC's Innovative Teaching

Founded in 1889 as Colorado’s teachers college, UNC is a comprehensive baccalaureate and public doctoral research university that fuses its history for innovative teaching with transformative, hands-on education through programs across six colleges. Teaching is in our DNA, and when you are a student at UNC, you learn from experts in your field who are innovative educators.

Cultivate Your Unique Potential

Clutivate Your Unique Potential at UNC

Because of UNC’s just-right size and unique approach to education, you are encouraged to explore your interests and customize your options for a learning experience that lets your potential shine. You might lose yourself in your studies and immerse yourself in your field, but you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Grow Outside of the Classroom

At UNC, Grow Outside the Classroom

UNC is recognized as a leader in community and civic engagement opportunities. That means that you can broaden your horizons through internships, volunteer work, study abroad, research projects and field work. You’ll cultivate the type of experience-deep education employers like to see.

Succeed with Individualized Support

Succeed at UNC with Individualized Support

Our alumni tell us their professors and the support and encouragement they received as a student at UNC factored significantly in their success and credibility in their profession. Your professor will know you by name and will actively encourage your exploration and education.

 

UNC Academics at a Glance

12,862
total students

making one large family

(9,876 undergraduate and
2,986 graduate students)

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Students choose UNC because

of our academic reputation, the cost of attendance, our size, graduates get good jobs and our reputation for social activities

1 in every 4
incoming students
is a transfer

100+
undergraduate programs

26
Students

is our average class size, and 67% of our courses have fewer than 30 students

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Students' long-term goals include

to be well-off financially and help others who are in difficulty.


~From a survey of UNC students by the Office of Assessment

18:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

with 744 total faculty

(490 of which are full-time)