On Oct. 12, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate its 226th birthday. While the nation’s oldest public university has had a lot to be proud of over the last two centuries, here are a few reasons why all of North Carolinians have something to celebrate this University Day.
Nearly 200 Carolina students participate in service-learning trips over fall, winter and spring breaks each year.
Service areas include hunger and food access, labor rights, sea turtle conservancy and health care access.
Buckley Public Service Scholars, one of Carolina’s signature service programs for undergraduates, have contributed more than 2 million hours of community service in the past 16 years.
Public service is one of the defining characteristics of Carolina students across all schools.
UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students have founded more than 375 North Carolina businesses, creating more than 8,900 jobs across the Tar Heel state.
Carolina startups help treat lung disease, bring fresh produce from local farms to grocery stores, provide fun for pediatric hospital patients, increase participation in local government projects and more.
Since December 2016, the Carolina Center for Public Service has hosted or sponsored 22 disaster relief trips throughout North Carolina.
Carolina students, faculty and staff have helped with local disaster relief efforts after hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irene, Irma, Maria, Matthew and Sandy. And when the weather is good, researchers at the Institute of Marine Sciences spring into action to study the impacts of hurricanes on the community and the environment.
The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program has helped more than 800 community college students transfer to and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill since the program’s founding in 2006.
And we’d be remiss not to mention that our campus is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.