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Find your place at Carolina

UNC-Chapel Hill student groups

At UNC-Chapel Hill, we think the best education includes finding ways to explore your passions.

You won't have to look too far to find a student group that matches your interests. Clubs here focus on topics such as music or computer science or politics or sustainability and so much more.

Discover the unique opportunities Carolina has to offer. Go, have fun!

  • More than 800student groups
  • 70%of students participate in at least one student organization
  • 178academic groups
  • 42creative and performing arts organizations
  • 51Sport Clubs
  • 140service groups

Celebrating the arts

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 comedy to crafts.

In particular, Carolina boasts nearly a dozen a cappella groups with styles ranging from R&B and pop hits to religious and Asian fusion. Groups have become a staple of Carolina traditions with performances at Convocation, Sunset Serenade and Commencement.

The University’s first a cappella group, the Clef Hangers, formed more than four decades ago and led the way for groups like the Harmonyx and many others.

Male students sing on stage.

Staying active

Carolina’s varsity athletes aren’t the only ones representing the Tar Heels on the field.

Through athletic-focused student groups and Campus Recreation’s Sport Clubs program, thousands of students compete in Carolina blue on the weekends. From soccer and ice hockey to quidditch and ballroom dancing, the teams play at some of the highest levels of their sports.

Supporting the community

Tar Heels give back. Heel Life hosts a plethora of service-based organizations so students can find ways to make a positive difference in their communities.

Here are just a few examples: Carolina For The Kids has raised nearly $6 million for the UNC Children’s Hospital through its annual Dance Marathon and Music Empowerment provides free music classes to young community members.

Students dance on stage during Dance Marathon.

Find a niche

  • UNC Esports

    Whether you are a hardcore competitive gamer or a casual player, there is a place for you in UNC Esports.

  • Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support

    CPALS pairs trained UNC-Chapel Hill students with patients in the pediatric hematology-oncology clinic at UNC Hospitals.

  • Students walk in the Makerspace.


    UNC-Chapel Hill’s Be a Maker program is a network of makerspaces where Carolina’s maker community design and make physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation.

  • A baristra from Best Buddies Brews pours a cup of coffee.

    Best Buddies Brews

    Best Buddies Brews provides individuals with disabilities a platform to develop and showcase marketable skills, build friendships and engage with community members.