The Tar Heel Bus Tour

Meeting the Tar Heel State

As a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission.

Over fall break, nearly 100 faculty members and senior administrators took a journey across North Carolina to learn more about the state they serve. The knowledge they gained will inform the work they do every day in Carolina classrooms, offices and labs.

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road trip

The Tar Heel Bus Tour covered more than 1,600 miles across North Carolina, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coast, with three buses traveling routes in the western, eastern and southeastern regions of our state.

  • 90faculty members
  • 28towns visited
  • 1,600miles driven over three days across North Carolina

Along for the ride

  • Kevin Guskiewicz walks onto a bus.

    The buses get rolling

    The Tar Heel Bus Tour began with stops in Siler City, Snow Hill, Winterville, Lumberton and Rocky Mount.

  • A photo of a phone taking a photo of venus fly traps.

    To the mountains and the coast

    The second day of the tour examined the University's impact on the coast and in the mountains and farmlands.

  • A group of faculty members walking through a park in Raleigh

    Coming home to Chapel Hill

    The tour's final day included stops at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, Wilkesboro and Eden.

  • A bus parked in a parking lot at sunrise.


    Follow along as Carolina's faculty and senior administrators share their experiences on the Tar Heel Bus Tour.

Serving our state

  • Sun goes down and peeks through the Old Well

    The University for North Carolina

    Students, faculty and staff dedicate thousands of hours each year to helping our communities by performing service projects and participating in outreach programs while also making community-changing discoveries and creating a better future for all of North Carolina through research.

  • Student signs a poster board.

    A decade of impact

    Since its inception more than 10 years ago, the Carolina College Advising Corps has become an invaluable part of Carolina’s commitment to opportunity by partnering with low-income high schools throughout North Carolina to increase college enrollment across the state.

  • Jason Mihalik examines a patient who is testing their balance.

    Concussion care on the front lines

    A current multidisciplinary initiative led by Carolina's Jason Mihalik, in partnership with Fort Bragg's U.S. Army Special Operations Command, is tracking neurological function in elite warfighters. Special Operations Forces soldiers complete a series of tests, including neurocognition, balance, vision and sensory performance, blood biomarkers and neuroimaging.

  • Researchers working in a lab.

    Precision nutrition

    Not only is the UNC Nutrition Research Institute changing lives of North Carolinians through its research, but it is revitalizing the Kannapolis community.

  • Dolan and a young boy read a book

    Bringing the world to North Carolina classrooms

    UNC World View is a public service program that provides global professional development opportunities to educators throughout the state. In addition to sponsoring international travel, World View shares global resources and knowledge with 88 North Carolina school districts and community colleges to help teachers globalize their curricula.

  • A doctor holds a stethoscope.

    MAHEC, UNC-Chapel Hill serve the state with interprofessional academic health center

    UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC seeks to address health care worker shortages and improve education across a number of health science fields in western North Carolina.