Tar Heel Veterans

Carolina is home to hundreds of student-veterans who served their country before beginning their Tar Heel careers.

They have had life experiences that are unlike those of many of their classmates, and they are a vital component of our campus. We are proud our student-veterans have chosen Carolina, and we are dedicated to providing them with the best support and opportunities as they enter this new phase in their lives.

Carolina was recently named the 12th best college for veterans by the U.S. News & World Report and offers various programs designed for veterans transitioning out of the military. They include UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s online executive development courses and MBA program; the School of Medicine’s physician assistant degree program; and the School of Nursing’s Military Pathway program that helps service members earn a nursing degree.

In 2017, the University opened the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, which serves as a central location for services for veterans and military dependents, such as assistance finding and applying for specialized scholarships.

Meet our veterans

On-campus resources

  • A man in military uniform.

    Green Zone Training

    Green Zone training is for faculty, staff and students looking to learn more about the military-affiliated student experience. The program trains members of the Carolina community to know more about the issues and concerns military-connected students face and to identify individuals available to assist this population.

  • Boot Print To Heel Print Orientation

    The Dean of Students and the Carolina Veterans Resource Center is proud to continue to offer the Boot Print to Heel Print orientation program designed specifically for military-affiliated students each August.

  • the exterior of the veterans resource center.

    Carolina Veterans Resource Center

    The Carolina Veterans Resource Center provides a welcoming environment to study, hang out and meet other military-connected students. The space welcomes veterans and their dependents and spouses and ROTC students as well.

    Learn more about the center from Director Rob Palermo.

Serving our state's Veterans

  • Spencer wearing his purple heart.

    Restoring a veteran’s honor

    Students at the UNC School of Law’s Military and Veterans Law Clinic help veterans fight for upgrades or corrections in military discharges to make life-saving resources available to the former service members. For one North Carolina veteran, they restored all the honors he was owed — including his Purple Heart.

  • Standing L-R: Jason P. Mihalik, co-director, Matthew Gfeller Center; Terry Rhodes, dean, College of Arts & Sciences; James Kelly, executive director, Marcus Institute for Brain Health; Kevin Guskiewicz, chancellor.

    Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans

    A $12.5 million gift from the Avalon Network establishes the THRIVE Program in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Matthew Gfeller Center. The program provides a community-based clinical outreach program designed to provide care to veterans who are experiencing the effects of traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress, resulting from a career serving our nation.

  • Forging connections with veterans through literature

    English faculty member Hilary Lithgow has led a North Carolina Humanities’ Veterans Reading Group for over five years, building valuable relationships among group participants and reaching across political, social and generational divides.

  • Doug Dibbert speaks on stage during a ceremony.

    Carolina launches scholarship fund for military-affiliated students

    A $2 million donation from the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association will establish an endowed scholarship fund to help qualified military-affiliated students graduate from Carolina debt-free.