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University of the Month: North Carolina
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Every month FirstPoint USA aim to showcase the U.S universities that we have helped talented young athletes get a scholarship to. Novemberís featured university is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. First enrolling students in 1795, it is one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. In recent years, the university has been among the highest ranked public universities in the United States. All undergraduates receive a liberal arts education and have the option to pursue a major within the professional schools of the university or within the College of Arts and Sciences from the time they obtain junior status. Within the past 5 years, UNC's applications from international students have more than doubled! Academics In 2011, the U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill 5th among the nation's top public colleges and universities. In addition, the university was named a Public Ivy by Richard Moll in his 1985 book The Public Ivies: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities. UNC offers 71 bachelor's, 107 master's and 74 doctoral degree programs. The university enrolls more than 28,000 students from all 100 North Carolina counties, the other 49 states, and 47 other countries. The most popular majors at UNC are Biology, Business Administration, Psychology, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Political Science. Athletics Sports offered at UNCUNC has a strong history in athletics, most notably in men's basketball, women's soccer and men's lacrosse. The North Carolina Tar Heels have provided many Olympians to United States teams. The school sports teams participate in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and Atlantic Coast Conference. The NCAA refers to UNC as the "University of North Carolina" for athletics. As of Fall 2011, the university had won 40 NCAA team championships in six different sports, eighth all-time. These include twenty one NCAA championships in women's soccer (the last of which was won this month!), six in women's field hockey, four in men's lacrosse, five in men's basketball, one in women's basketball, and two in men's soccer. The Men's basketball team won its 5th NCAA basketball championship in 2009, the second for Coach Roy Williams since he took the job as head coach. Other recent successes include the 2011 College Cup in men's soccer, and four consecutive College World Series appearances by the baseball team from 2006 to 2009. In 1994, the university's athletic programs won the Sears Directors Cup "all-sports national championship" awarded for cumulative performance in NCAA competition.