UNC Visitors’ Center

250 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Phone: (919) 962-1630
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Start your Carolina Experience at UNC Visitors’ Center, the front door for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! Providing insight, access, and information to more than 26,000 people annually, we offer a variety of engaging programs designed to introduce our guests to the history, impact, culture, and charm of our university. Whether you’re acquainted with Carolina or setting foot on campus for the first time, prepare for a True Blue welcome—there’s something here for everyone! Stop by and visit us in the West Wing of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at 250 E. Franklin Street.


High School and Transfer Students
High school students, transfer students, and high school groups should schedule a campus visit via the Office of Admissions. Admissions is a 7-8 minute walk from UNC Visitors’ Center.

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General Visitors
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides provide a true Carolina Experience, introducing the University’s impact, hallmarks, history, and traditions on a one-hour walking tour of campus. We believe Carolina is a very special place indeed and we are excited to share it with you! Summer tours are offered at 10 am Monday – Friday.  Please register here or call (919) 962-1630 to confirm.

We also invite you to check out the Priceless Gem Tours on most Fridays during the academic school year!

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Graduate Students
Led by a current graduate student, this tour introduces the campus to prospective and enrolled graduate students and includes a review of helpful information on housing, dining, recreation, and life at Carolina.  Please register here by choosing UNC Visitors’ Center as the sponsor from the drop-down menu to access available tour times. The tour does not visit specific programs, so please contact the department directly with questions about your program or to request to meet with professors and/or advisors.  Check the department’s website for the appropriate program contact.

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Middle School Groups/FIRST LOOK
We encourage middle school educators to explore our FIRST LOOK program. FIRST LOOK is designed to give middle school students an inspiring introduction to the world of college. Online registration for Fall 2016 will open from this page on Monday, August 1 at 9 am. We schedule sessions on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference for Title I and GEAR UP schools. Groups should be between 50-100 students. Confirmation will be sent via email the week of August 15.

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Elementary School Groups
Elementary educators should contact UNC Visitors’ Center at (919) 962-1630 or email to inquire about educational experiences on campus. We are happy to provide scavenger hunt brochures, self-guided tour brochures and other suggestions on campus for school groups.


For questions, please call UNC Visitors’ Center at (919) 962-1630.