Together we win

Educating and inspiring

Our Tar Heels are winning on more than just the scoreboard.

At Carolina, we're preparing the next generation of leaders through athletics by building and strengthening programs that help student-athletes reach their highest levels of academic, athletic and personal success.

  • 28varsity teams
  • 280ACC titles
  • 52national championships, including 37 by women's teams
  • More than 800student-athletes

University of National Champions

Carolina is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and sponsors 28 varsity programs, including 15 women’s and 13 men’s sports. The most recent sports to gain varsity status were women’s lacrosse in 1995-96 and rowing in 1997-98.

The Tar Heels have won 45 NCAA team championships in seven different sports, including 21 women’s soccer, eight field hockey, six men’s basketball, five men’s lacrosse, two women’s lacrosse, two men’s soccer and one women’s basketball — in addition to 58 individual or relay national championships in 12 different sports.

Men's and women's lacrosse teams celebrate national titles.

We strive each day to give our student-athletes the opportunity to succeed in the classroom, in competition and in their lives. We believe in educating and inspiring through athletics.

Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics

A basketball player dives for the ball during a game.

Supporting student-athletes

  • In the right place

    When Venezuela-native Santiago Herrera joined Carolina's men's soccer team this year, he found a new home in Chapel Hill and a group of players who have helped him succeed in the classroom and on the pitch.

  • Forevher Tar Heels

    Carolina Athletics and The Rams Club have launched FORevHER Tar Heels, an initiative to celebrate and champion the incredibly successful women's athletics program at Carolina. The initiative is one of the first of its kind in the country, building upon Carolina's legacy as a pioneer in women's athletics.

  • A Diamond Heel returns to campus to earn his degree

    When RC Orlan signed his first professional contract with the Washington Nationals in 2012, he made a promise to himself that he would return to Carolina to finish his degree. He fulfilled that promise in December through the Complete Carolina program.

  • Tar Heels Celebrate National Girls And Women In Sports Day

    National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a special day to recognize women’s sports. In January, members of the Carolina student-athletes from nearly every women’s team demonstrated various aspects of their sports for girls in the community at the annual event.