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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  • Launching into service

    Nearly 60 incoming first-year students at UNC-Chapel Hill chose to participate in a service-learning program this summer to support local nonprofit organizations.

  • DataAware introduces high school students to health data analytics

    Students from high schools throughout the Triangle traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus this summer to learn about data science.

  • Alert Carolina sirens test to be held Sept. 12

    The regular test will be conducted between noon and 12:30 p.m. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded voice message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal all clear.