Meet our new Tar Heels

Welcome to Carolina

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

The Carolina community grows a little bigger each August, as thousands of new first-year, transfer and graduates students officially become Tar Heels, and new faculty and staff members begin their Carolina careers.

Take a look at the numbers that illustrate our growing community, and then read below about some of the amazing newest Tar Heels.

(Statistics as of Aug. 13)

  • 4,195first-year students
  • 852transfer students
  • 21%first-generation college students
  • 2,310graduate students
  • 97North Carolina counties represented
  • 88new faculty hires

Being surrounded by opportunity excites me the most about Carolina and being surrounded by people who are just as eager to embrace the opportunities that are being provided to them. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of that community.

Izzie Estes
incoming first-year student from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Izzie Estes

At Carolina, I hope I accomplish my goal of finding myself. This place is huge — there are tons of classes in every discipline. I want to see what my role is and where I fit in.

Julian Robles
incoming first-year student from Kannapolis, North Carolina

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Julian Robles

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Experience Carolina

  • Rameses in the pit.

    Tar Heel Traditions

    From taking a sip out of the iconic Old Well or signing a brick inside the bell tower to living in trademark buildings and relaxing in the shade of legendary landscaping, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to centuries-old traditions that students still cherish today.

  • Franklin Street.

    A home away from home

    Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States — a reputation guided by the diverse social, cultural and professional opportunities that flow between the campus and town.

  • A collage of students playing sports.

    Staying active on campus

    Through 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.

  • The Old Well fountain.

    A Bold Experiment

    Last year, Carolina celebrated its 225th birthday. For more than two centuries, Tar Heels have paved the way to a better world for generations to come. We walk the unpaved road with curiosity, courage and compassion. We build a better future one step at a time. And we’re just getting started.