North Carolina is home to the oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chartered by the General Assembly in 1789, the University of North Carolina was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. Over the past two centuries, UNC has grown to include all public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees. Today, the UNC system enrolls more than 220,000 students across 16 campuses, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public, residential high school for gifted students. UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship institution, was recently rated a Best Value School by US News.