Carolina students, faculty and staff are engaged in an abundance of projects related to COVID-19, making UNC-Chapel Hill the most cited university in the nation for coronavirus research.
Meeting the needs of our state
As a university built for the people, public service is at the core of Carolina’s mission. Tar Heels are dedicated to serving North Carolinians from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Crystal Coast.
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.
This past spring, the University reaffirmed and broadened its commitment to public service when we launched the Carolina Across 100 initiative, which is working to identify challenges across the state, then leverage Carolina’s expertise to address them.
The five-year pan-University project will identify common themes and use interdisciplinary teams to partner with community leaders in creating solutions to complex issues.
At every juncture in our history when the state has most needed its flagship university, we have raised our hands to be there. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities will face a similarly critical need to rebuild education, economic and other important supports.
Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government in the School of Government and leader of Carolina Across 100
While we are formally known as the University of North Carolina, we might better be known as the University for North Carolina. We want our state to be a place where small towns and cities live side-by-side, working together and benefiting one another. We want the people of our state to live healthy, productive, secure lives.
Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Over the past year, Carolina Law student Rich Nguyen-Le has spent more than 120 hours providing legal support to vulnerable community members who need assistance.
A new UNC Institute for the Environment program provides teachers with hands-on geoscience learning opportunities so they can replicate some of that experience in their classrooms.
This year, to give incoming students a hands-on look at this impact in the local community, the Student Government Association at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health launched its first Day of Service.
Driven by graduate students, the Scientific Research and Education Network connects educators and researchers to enhance STEM learning in classrooms across the state.
More than 100 students are helping create 70 letters for patients at UNC Hospitals each month through a new student organization called Letters from Rameses.
Last week, UNC-Chapel Hill and Town of Chapel Hill leaders announced a new university partnership with startup co-working pioneer BioLabs, downtown beautification initiatives, next steps for an innovation hub space, and plans for a downtown innovation district.
The Carolina Economic Development Strategy will increase the University's economic impact in Chapel Hill and across the Triangle region by leveraging Carolina’s capabilities to develop talent, translate innovation and create vibrant places.
Meet Tar Heel Business Owners
Carolina’s more than 336,300 alumni live across the country and around the world, but some have stuck close to home, and their presence here has enriched the Carolina community. Get to know some of the Tar Heels whose businesses help make Chapel Hill one of the best college towns in the country.