About the University

The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world.

Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

In Chapel Hill, students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. They connect to the future they’re already shaping. Carolina is committed to access for all, providing life-changing opportunities such as the Carolina Covenant, which promises a debt-free education to low-income students.

In its third century – an era of groundbreaking study and research – UNC-Chapel Hill is harnessing the very best of our fast-changing world. We’re proud to advance knowledge for this and each generation to come.

Around Campus

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  • The road ahead

    On March 15, 156 UNC School of Medicine students found out where they will be going to complete their residency training.

  • 225 years of Tar Heels: Howard Lee

    Carolina alumnus Howard Lee paved the way for future black leaders when, against all odds, he became the first African-American mayor of a majority-white town in the South.

  • Mariah Cowell receives top state award for MSW students

    The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter President’s Award honored Cowell for her involvement in her community, leadership capabilities in her program and passion for macro social work through acclaimed research and policy practice.