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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

We are excited to launch our new Sense of Place Zoom tour, a 45-minute-long virtual tour hosted live by a tour guide who shares a video tour that introduces campus history and traditions as well as some of the University’s current endeavors in research and innovation.

Learn more about our new Zoom tour!

A mannequin of Rameses in Visitors Center.

 

The UNC Visitors Center is open to guests 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. In-person guided tours are suspended, 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.

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 details about parking on campus, check visitor parking. 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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    Morehead Planetarium and Science Center250 E Franklin StChapel HillNC27514 |

    Join Morehead Planetarium & Science Center from April 11-17 as we host in-person and virtual events with UNC scientists and research groups from around the world!

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    Dr. Onnie Rogers joins FPG's Carolina Consortium on Human Development to present her research. Dr. Rogers is is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Northwestern University. Her research examines how children and adolescents make sense of their racial, ethnic and gender identities; how cultural stereotypes and expectations shape the development and intersectionality of these identities; and the ways in which multiple identities influence adolescents’ social-emotional and academic outcomes.

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    Explore Dr. Vigil's teaching and research focus on Latinx literature and culture with Cristina Henríquez' book The World in Half. In particular, Dr. Vigil's work examines how gender, race, sexuality, and class are deployed in various national and transnational contexts.