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Welcome to Carolina

Meet our new Tar Heels

A new school year is about to start, which means students will soon be back in Chapel Hill and campus will be bustling again.

This week, our Carolina community grows a little bigger, as thousands of new first-year, transfer and graduate students officially become Tar Heels. We are so excited to have you with us.

Take a look at the numbers that illustrate our growing community, and then read below to meet some of our amazing students.

*Numbers as of Aug. 9

  • 4,650first-year students
  • 925transfer students
  • 2,000+graduate students
  • 94North Carolina counties represented by incoming undergraduates
  • 98countries represented by incoming undergraduates
  • 18.9%of incoming students are first-generation college students

Click on a photo below to meet one of our incoming students

Exploring your new home

  • A student walks in the rain near South Building.

    Convocation to be held on Monday

    Due to forecasted inclement weather, New Student Convocation has been postponed until Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in Kenan Stadium, and FallFest has been canceled. More details on a rescheduled date for FallFest activities to come at a later date.

  • A graphic that reads

    Week of Welcome

    We're starting the year off in exciting fashion with a week of programs, events and special opportunities geared to welcome students, help them learn about their new home and connect with other new students.

  • Rameses in the Pit

    Tar Heel traditions

    The nation's first public university, UNC-Chapel Hill is home to centuries-old traditions and experiences that connect generations of Tar Heels. Watch the Bell Tower lighting the night before the first day of class, go for a stroll on Franklin Street and cheer on the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium.

    Learn more about the places and experiences that make the Tar Heel experience so special.

  • The Old Well in front of South Building.

    Supporting our Tar Heels

    We want all Tar Heels to succeed and grow, both in academic classes and outside of them. The University boasts hundreds of student groups and various support services to help make that happen for all students, whether it's their first year at Carolina or last.

  • Two students pose for a photo with Ramses.

    It’s always a great day to be a Tar Heel

    “It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel” is a phrase you’ll often hear around Carolina, and for a good reason. Every day, Tar Heels create a positive impact on the world by improving their communities and inspiring change through their talents.

    Meet some of your fellow Tar Heels.

  • Carolina Together.

    Carolina Together

    CarolinaTogether.unc.edu is the University’s hub for information about Carolina's COVID-19 response. The website will be updated based on new information from UNC-Chapel Hill’s world-class infectious disease and public health experts, state and local health officials, the UNC System and the valuable feedback from our faculty, students, staff and community.