Read more abour Carolina's quadball team
You’ve seen Tar Heels throwing touchdowns and shooting baskets on the court, but have you ever seen Carolina students running around on broomsticks? Quadball — once called quidditch — is one of the many club sports offered through Campus Recreation. The sport is inspired by the game from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Get in touch with your creative side
Interested in the arts? There’s a student group waiting for you. Carolina is home to clubs that focus on everything from music to dance to magic to theater tothe visual arts.
Carolina has more than 50 clubs dedicated to creativity and arts, including nearly a dozen a cappella groups and dance groups with styles ranging from R&B and pop hits to religious and Asian fusion. If being on stage isn’t your thing, groups like Carolina Animators Anonymous or Handmade by Heels may provide the creative outlet you’re looking for.
Give back to the community
Tar Heels give back, and Heel Life hosts a plethora of organizations that are focused on helping students find ways to make a positive difference in their communities and the world.
Check out a few examples: Science in the Stacks and SciREN share information about the world-class research that happens at Carolina. Heeling in Harmony brings levity and joy to UNC Hospitals and nursing homes by hosting musical performances for patients and residents. Carolina Adapts Toys for Children modifies toys for children with disabilities and donates them to local medical facilities for children who need them.
Gain firsthand experience in your future career
Preparing for what comes next after college is about more than courses and majors. Whether it’s producing news stories for Carolina Connection that air on local radio, learning firsthand how to run a business as an employee at Meantime Coffee Shop or learning how to launch a startup at 1789, Tar Heels are gaining valuable real-world experience outside the classroom to put their academics into action.
Our campus is also home to dozens of professional organizations like Black in Tech and Carolina Women in Business that help students connect and network with colleagues in their future field to build a foundation for their future
Meet our national champions
Men’s basketball, women’s soccer and field hockey may be among Carolina’s best-known national championship earners, but they aren’t the only athletic programs regularly competing for titles. Among the University's four ultimate frisbee teams, Carolina's Pleiades recently won its first USA Ultimate College Championship and Darkside earned its third title.
Learn more about the UNC Figure Skating Club
Tar Heels in Chapel Hill are showcasing and sharpening their abilities through the UNC Figure Skating Club. The student organization coordinates and plans peer-coached figure skating sessions while also inviting new skaters into the sport. With freestyle training times and public skating opportunities, the club is open to both experienced skaters and those looking to explore the sport for the first time.
For two centuries, the Town of Chapel Hill has supported Carolina and has been a critical partner in the University’s mission to serve our state, nation and world through teaching, research and public service. Carolina is proud to be located in this Southern Part of Heaven.
Discover why Tar Heels call Chapel Hill home not just for the years they are here, but for life.
With historic buildings and picturesque landscaping, Carolina's campus is iconic, and some of the University's most beautiful spots are worth a closer look.
What began in the late '80s with Eric Chilton donning the very first Rameses costume has grown into a now-treasured tradition carried on by students today.
Learn the story behind one of Carolina's most iconic Tar Heels.
Carolina’s Global Guarantee promises to make a global education accessible to all students. That promise ensures that Carolina students fulfill their potential to become the next generation of global leaders with the knowledge, skills and mindset to address the world’s greatest challenges. Tar Heels can travel to 76 countries to participate in transformative learning experiences at sites around the world and hundreds more benefit from a global education in the classroom and on the Carolina campus.
Since launching in 1999, Carolina for the Kid's Dance Marathon has raised more than $7 million for patients and families served by the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. The annual event challenges Tar Heels to stay up on their feet dancing for 24 straight hours to raise money that is used to assist families with expenses not covered by insurance, such as utility bills, gas for traveling to doctor’s appointments and meal vouchers.
Fashion and technology may have changed since the ’80s, but no matter the decade, it has always been a great day to be a Tar Heel. From the big hair to the big computers to waiting in line for hours for class registration, take a look back at life at Carolina in the 1980s.