A bold experiment



For 225 years, Tar Heels have paved the way to a better world for generations to come. We walk the unpaved road with curiosity, courage and compassion. We build a better future one step at a time. And we’re just getting started.

This year we celebrate our past and embrace our future in service of a better state, a better nation and a better world.

To learn more about Carolina's journey, press the play button.

By the numbers

  • No. 1public university for financial value according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education’s College Rankings
  • 29,911students
  • 1stpublic university in the United States
  • No. 5among public universities on U.S. News & World Report's Best College list for 18 consecutive years
  • 3,887faculty
  • 390,000+alumni in 50 states and 165 countries
  • 6thamong research universities for federal funding devoted to development and research
  • $1 billion+in annual research expenditures
  • 3,000undergraduates produce original research in nearly 140 courses

The future
of Carolina

As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we're spotlighting the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’re profiling academic units, hearing from deans and learning about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

Visit UNC.edu throughout the year to learn more about Carolina's academic units.

    As the oldest and largest unit on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. More than 75 percent of Carolina students will graduate with at least one major from the College. Dedicated to building an environment for faculty and staff to think, communicate, collaborate and create, the College inspires thousands of students to lead meaningful lives.

    Kevin M. Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

    The Gillings School of Global Public Health is improving public health, promoting individual well-being and eliminating health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. By bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers are anticipating threats and accelerating solutions that can save lives.

    Barbara K. Rimer, professor and dean of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

    Since 1950, Carolina's School of Dentistry has been transforming dentistry for better health. As North Carolina's first school of its kind, the School of Dentistry strives to be the global model for oral health education, in care and discovery. It passionately serves North Carolina's people, our communities and the dental field.

    Scott S. De Rossi, professor and dean of the School of Dentistry

University Day

  • Tar Heel Trivia

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is celebrating its 225th birthday this week. How well do you know America's first public university?

  • ‘The most important artifact that we have’

    As Carolina celebrates another major anniversary, the University also celebrates the return of Old East’s 225-year-old cornerplate, which was waiting to be melted down 500 miles away.

  • Celebrate Carolina's birthday

    In addition to the annual University Day ceremony on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall, Carolina will celebrate the anniversary throughout the week.