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A view of the first day of classes

Campus was buzzing on the first day of classes. University photographers Jon Gardiner and Johnny Andrews captured some of the activity on campus.

A group of students walks on campus
Students make their way across campus on the first day of classes. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Monday marked the first day of classes for the fall 2022 semester, which meant campus was filled with Tar Heels making their way to classes, the library, dining halls and other spots.

A large group of students walk on campus

(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Nearly 8,000 new students join thousands of Tar Heels this school year. The new Tar Heels include more than 4,450 first-year students, nearly 940 transfer students and more than 2,500 graduate students.

Students walk across campus

(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The incoming undergraduate students come from 95 North Carolina counties and 48 states and represent 85 countries. About 18 percent of incoming students are the first in their families to attend college.

A student smiles as she leans into to hug a friend on campus.

Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

One of the best parts of the first day – or week – of classes is catching up and celebrating with friends.

A student walks toward the Old Well

(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Old Well was the place to be on Monday as students waited in line to take a sip of water. Legend says that a sip from the Old Well on the first day of classes will result in good grades or even straight A’s.

Chancellor Guskiewicz takes a selfie with two students in front of the Old Well

(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

In his speech at New Student Convocation on Sunday evening, Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said the Old Well represents the University’s history and the ties that bind the community. “We participate in this tradition because we can’t succeed alone. We need each other.”

A student poses with her hands above her head at the Old Well

(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)