Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina's community is what makes our campus special, with diverse and talented students from all over the state, nation, and world. Together we're better than any of us could be on our own.
Your journey as a student starts with a sip from the Old Well on the first day of class, a tradition that we believe brings good luck and good grades. Take a sip to start your tour.
Thanks for being here with us! Before we get started, there are a few ways that you can explore our campus:
- If you want to go to a specific stop, you can click on that location by using the list.
- Each location has photos, videos, and stories to help you get a feel for Carolina, just click on the icons to listen and watch.
This large outdoor green space is known as the Quad. In the buildings around the quad students are learning from world renowned professors who are here to help us grow and strive. Click on the building to go to class.
Students first connect with our academic advisors during new student orientation. Advisors are here to listen to students goals and interests and to help us find classes that will spark our curiosity and set us up for success.
Carolina students are involved students. We find ways to give back to campus and our communities, through local volunteering, service-learning trips, and global outreach. Since 1963 the Campus Y has been Carolina's hub for student activism and service.
Art is everywhere on Carolina's campus, whether you're waiting to see which new outdoor sculpture will pop up on campus, or buying a $10 student ticket to see YoYo Ma. Students lift our voices, move our feet, and share our gifts as members of acapella groups, dance companies and theatre casts.
As a top research university, Carolina students have the opportunity to actively participate in research within any of Carolina's 70 majors. 60% of Carolina students will have hands-on research experience while we're on campus.
UNC helps students access our creativity both inside and outside of the classroom. We are in the Murray Hall Be A Maker space, one of five spaces across campus where students can design and make physical objects for classes, entrepreneurial projects, or for fun. Spaces are stocked with 3D printers, laser cutters, and printing presses - all free for us to use.
Whether you want a quiet space to study or a place where you and your friends can work together, one of our 13 libraries will be a great fit for you. UNC also partners with other university libraries, making us part of the second largest library system after the Library of Congress.
Carolina students have the chance to join over 800 clubs and organizations. For me, being part of a student organization has made my academic experience even better, and helped me develop skills that are going to serve me really well in graduate school or my future job.
The Student Union is Carolina's "living room" - with a bagel shop, meeting rooms, study spots, and even a yoga studio. I love to come here to meet up with my friends and grab my favorite breakfast bagel: Everything bagel with veggie cream cheese and tomato.
Now for the most important question: What's my favorite place to eat? The great thing about Carolina's dining hall is that you never have to commit to one favorite. There are at least 15 different dining options - from traditional cafeteria-style food to local Mediterranean food.
Looking for a book? Student Stores. Need some Carolina blue for game day? Student Stores. Filling your prescription? Student Stores. They've got it all, and when you shop here, a portion of what you spend helps fund student scholarships.
There's a special feeling that runs through campus on game day. The Tar Heel spirit is something that connects us across communities and generations. Whether you graduated from Carolina in 1997 or 2017, you have a great story about rooting for the Tar Heels.
There really are endless ways to stay active and healthy on campus. Strong club and intramural sports, along with two recreation centers, keep all of us moving. And important health and wellness resources are available right on campus, including a pharmacy, counseling services, and easy access to our campus health center.
At Carolina, our goal is to create a culture of safety and belonging. From physical safety, like walking across campus free from worry, to emotional safety, like attending class in an environment free from harassment or intimidation - we know that this important work is the responsibility of our entire community.
The arboretum is 5 beautiful acres filled with native North Carolina wildflowers and trees - a great place to study or soak up the sun. Campus is filled with green spaces: from our edible gardens, where I can pick my own food and herbs right off the vine, to the hiking and walking trails in Battle Park.
Franklin Street is the point where our campus and the Town of Chapel Hill meet. It's a favorite place for students to go out to eat, watch a movie, shop, or see a live show. It's easy to get around Chapel Hill - all the buses are free to ride, so it's no problem for me to get to the grocery store or the airport.
There are spaces across campus dedicated to exploring cultures, histories, and traditions. These are spaces where I can hang out with friends to connect with the diversity on campus. Sometimes the learning here is more formal, with lectures and classes, but these are also spaces for casual conversations and learning about each other's cultures.
Carolina students celebrate their time on campus by climbing the Bell Tower. As seniors, we'll take 128 steps to reach the top, look out across campus and reflect on our time as students and everything that's waiting for us after graduation.