University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill is also featured in our ranking Top 50 Bachelor's Degree Programs in Psychology.

Psychology Major, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology emphasizes the broad acquaintance in behavioral sciences. Students are prepared for careers in basic research or teaching in the psychology field. Students gain an understanding of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology. Students learn to apply basic research methods in psychology which may include research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Students also gain critical thinking skills and are able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues. Courses required include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Laboratory Research in Psychology
  • Learning
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistical Principles of Psychological Research

Psychology Major, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology has a focus that is more scientific than the Bachelor of Arts program with an emphasis on research. Students learn to apply basic research methods including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. Students are able to demonstrate the use of empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity and how to act ethically in the psychological process. Core requirements for the degree include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Calculus of Function
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • General Descriptive Chemistry
  • General Physics I
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Laboratory Research in Psychology
  • Learning
  • Principles of Biology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistical Principles of Psychological Research

About University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

The oldest state university in the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered in 1789 and held its first classes in 1785. Although the University of Georgia was chartered earlier, in 1785, the first class was not held there until 1801. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded by William R. Davie who was born in England in 1756. He moved to North Carolina when he was young and fought in the American Revolution. In recognition of his service, the state gave him lands on which he built a plantation.

After Congress approved the Bill of Rights in 1789 and North Carolina ratified the Constitution a bill to charter a university, introduced by Davie, based on the education mandate included in the state constitution. There was some resistance as some felt the idea of an institute of higher learning was "aristocratic," but the measure passed although no funds were allocated to support the university. Instead, the legislators authorized uncollected state debts and property that reverted to the state without heirs to be used to fund the school.

The trustees accepted a gift of 1,390 acres where Davie and a group of trustees met under a tree, a large poplar, to designate it as the location for the new university. An abandoned Anglican Church of England located on the property gave the area the name Chapel Hill.

During the Civil War, over 40 percent of the student population joined the Confederate military. The university remained open during the war with a small number of students. Many of the coastal North Carolina residents fled to Chapel Hill and lived in student lodging as Chapel Hill was one of the last places occupied by Union troops.

Today, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill sits on a beautiful, friendly campus with almost 30,000 students. It has been ranked as the third best public university by the Wall Street Journal. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranks the school as the fifth best public university in the country. Forbes ranks the school as eleventh in the 2017 America's Top Colleges ranking.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Accreditation Details

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation indicates that the school agrees to periodic reviews to confirm that students continue to get an education that will make them leaders in their chosen field of study. The review also confirms that the university has the resources to meet their goals and objectives. In addition to regional accreditation, programs throughout the university are accredited by industry-specific organizations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Bar Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Accreditation Commission
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Application Requirements

Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation must complete the Common Application. Two essays are required as well as an official high school transcript. Official SAT and ACT scores are also required. One letter of recommendation is required.

Students who have earned college credit after high school graduation may be entered as transfer students. They must also complete the Common Application. Two essays are required and students must also submit official transcripts from each college and university they have attended. Students with less than 60 credits must also submit official SAT or ACT scores.

Graduate students must complete an official application and must upload unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended at the time of application. If accepted into the graduate program, the university will require one official transcript from each college or university. Three recommendations are required as well as official GRE or GMAT scores. The scores may not be more than five years old. A statement of purpose and a current resume are also required.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate full-time tuition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is $8,562 for North Carolina residents and $33,644 for non-residents. Full-time graduate tuition is $11,046 for North Carolina residents and $28,256 for out-of-state residents.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants and scholarships which do not need to be repaid after graduation. Students may also qualify for work-study programs which provide students with employment to offset tuition costs. Students may also qualify for loans which must be repaid after graduation. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Profile application in order to qualify for financial aid.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill offers two undergraduate psychology programs that prepare graduates for leadership roles in the field.