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UNC Visitors Center

Welcome to Carolina

Experience an innovative institution of higher learning, a global research university committed to accessibility and impact, a place with a legacy as old as the United States – and a boundless future. The UNC Visitors Center looks forward to sharing all that is special about Carolina

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Visitors Center update

The UNC Visitors Center is currently closed, but visitors are permitted on campus.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to adhere to our community standards and county requirements to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes staying at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible in all indoor and outdoor settings. Individuals should avoid gathering in large groups and avoid crowded areas. When indoors, all individuals must wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance or observe facility-specific requirements. When outdoors, individuals must wear a face covering when appropriate physical distancing is not possible.

A mannequin of Rameses in Visitors Center.

For questions on visiting campus, check our FAQs from campus visitors. For details about parking on campus, check visitor parking.

We hope that you will find our Visitors Guide helpful as you explore Carolina. If you have other questions, you may reach us 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu or 919-962-1630.

For information and resources about visiting Chapel Hill, visit the Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Polk Place.

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  • A collage of photos that includes a sculpture of a lion head as a fountain; a silver and brass button on the Old Well; branches of a tree wrapping around each other; the rings of a cut tree trunk; blue 3D printing robots in a line; and a cup of steel pieces from a letter press.

    Carolina up close

    With historic buildings and picturesque landscaping, Carolina's campus is iconic, and some of the University's most beautiful spots are worth a closer look.

  • The Old Well.

    Moving forward with boldness

    More than 225 years ago, a radical idea took root in North Carolina: higher education, funded by the people, for the people. As we enter the third decade of this millennium, the challenges we face today are great, but, as we have demonstrated for more than two centuries, we are built to face great challenges.

  • Rameses in blue horns in the Pit

    Timeless traditions

    Take a sip from the Old Well on your first day of classes to get good grades. Sign your name on the bricks inside the Bell Tower as a senior. Relax in the sun on Polk Place. Carolina is filled with traditions - some that date back for decades and others that are new - that students cherish today.

  • Students cheer at a football game.

    Always a great day to be a Tar Heel

    “It’s a great day to be a Tar Heel” is a phrase you’ll often hear around Carolina, and for a good reason. Every day, Tar Heels create a positive impact on the world by improving their communities and inspiring change through their talents. They’re artists, scientists, humanitarians, researchers and innovators doing extraordinary things.

Campus Events

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    Hanes Art Center115 S. Columbia St.Chapel HillNC27514 |

    The Department of Art and Art History presents a socially-distanced exhibition of select works from our Studio Art Faculty. Assembled quickly in these unusual circumstances of the pandemic, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the work of our faculty in conversation, and encompassing such varied media as ceramics, photography, performance, prints, and painting.

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    Southern Cultures encourages submissions from scholars, writers, and artists for The Abolitionist South, to be published Fall 2021. Submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2020. For The Abolitionist South, we seek submissions that make visible a radical US South which has long envisioned a world without policing, prisons, or other forms of punishment. As PIC (prison industrial complex) abolitionist Angela Davis has pointed out, radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” A region so often exceptionalized for its brutality and white supremacy is also the seedbed of freedom dreams and radical movement traditions.

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    Graduate Students @UNC - Join us for a great session with Professor Tani Barlow and Professor Kevin Hewison, two editors of leading academic journals in Asian studies about tips for a successful submission, trends in academic publishing, and ideas about where their fields are going! Register at go.unc.edu/graddevelopment