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The Gardening and Ethnobotany in Academia Project is a student organization that maintains the Sam W. Hitt Medicinal Garden on campus and encourages students and faculty to explore the relationship between plants and people — medicinally, economically and culturally at a local and global scale.
Carolina can feel like a big place, but through the University's more than 900 student organizations, Tar Heels can find their community and make Chapel Hill feel more like home.
More than 70% of students are part of at least one organization, and you won't have to look too far to find a group that fits your passions. There's something for everybody at Carolina. Embrace your creative side. Stay active with club sports. Become a leader in student government. Learn more about international cultures. Serve the community.
Keep reading to learn more about the Tar Heel experience and how you can get involved in campus life.
Get in touch with your creative side
If your creative vision requires the use of power tools and 3D printers, we have you covered there, too. The Be a Maker network is a community of makers designing and making physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. Students can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, hosted classes and group activities in spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing as well as wood and metalworking tools.
Carolina varsity athletes aren’t the only ones competing in Chapel Hill.
Thousands of Tar Heels find plenty of ways to stay active through student groups, Campus Recreation’s Sport Clubs and intramural sports. With a variety of teams, ranging from jump rope to triathlons to rugby to figure skating, it’s easy to find a sport that is a good fit for you.
Not looking to compete on the field but want to keep moving? Carolina Expeditions might be what you’re looking for. The program takes Tar Heels hiking, climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, backpacking and more.
Meet Carolina's beekeepers
High above campus, on the roof of the FedEx Global Building, a group of students is caring for one of Carolina’s most valuable resources: bees. Through the Carolina Beekeeping Club, Tar Heels are learning to care for hives and exploring the impact bees have on our environment and food systems.
Read more about Edible Campus
Edible Campus UNC is growing fruits, herbs and vegetables in gardens throughout campus. The program manages nearly a dozen public gardens while also tending to a quarter-acre garden that is dedicated to providing fresh food for the student-run food pantry, Carolina Cupboard.
Student Health Action Coalition, better known as SHAC, is a student-led organization that offers free health services to uninsured and underinsured patients in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham.
Learn about one medical student's impact through this group.
One of Carolina’s largest student organizations, Carolina Helping Paws works with the Orange County Animal Shelter to create opportunities for Tar Heels to interact with shelter animals and raise money for the animals’ medical procedures.
Led by Carolina students of all majors, Musical Empowerment provides one-on-one music lessons for nearly 130 underserved children in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community.
More than a dozen Tar Heels are working to bring the wonders of science to children in the community through the graduate student-run organization Science in the Stacks. The group partners with North Carolina libraries to teach science lessons through a mix of in-person and virtual demonstrations.
Founded by a Tar Heel in 2015, the Helping Hand Project uses 3D printing to make free prosthetic devices for children and adolescents born without fingers. Student designers and builders create and assemble the prosthetic hands for specific children.
Best known for its annual Dance Marathon, Carolina for the Kids is a student-run volunteer organization that provides emotional and financial support for the patients and families served by the hospital through year-long fundraising campaigns and events. They focus on assisting families with expenses not covered by insurance.