The Tar Heel experience

Find your place at Carolina

At UNC-Chapel Hill, we think the best education includes finding ways to explore your passions. There are hundreds of opportunities to connect with fellow Tar Heels, get involved in activities, develop your talents and leave your heelprint at Carolina.

Tar Heels join student organizations, explore Franklin Street, relax on Polk Place, cheer on the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome and Carmichael Arena, and give back to our community.

Learn more about the Tar Heel experience and how you can get involved in campus life.

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.

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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

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Stay active

Carolina varsity athletes aren't the only ones competing in Chapel Hill. From jump rope to rugby, it's easy to find a sport that is a good fit for you.

Through intramural and club sports to fitness centers and expeditions, UNC Campus Recreation is ready to help members of the Carolina community hit their fitness goals this semester. Campus Recreation welcomes students, faculty, staff and family members of all ability levels to engage in inclusive social and physical activities, including personal fitness, outdoor education and intramural and club sports.

Learn more about campus rec
  • People playing quadball.

    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.

    Read more abour Carolina's quadball team
  • An ultimate Frisbee player catches the Frisbee.

    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.

    Meet our national champions
  • a person ice skating.

    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.

    Learn more about the UNC Figure Skating Club

Become part of Carolina traditions

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    Meet your neighbors in Chapel Hill

    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.

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    Explore our iconic campus

    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.

  • Rameses in the football practice facility.

    The story of Rameses

    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.

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    Explore the world

    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.

  • Students dance on stage during Dance Marathon.

    Put on your dancing shoes

    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.

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    Carolina throwback: The 1980s

    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.