Graduate Student Tours

Get a glimpse of what your next chapter could look like during this 90-minute tour for both enrolled and prospective graduate students. A current Carolina graduate student will introduce you to our campus and community, and review helpful information on housing, dining, recreation and life at Carolina as a graduate student. Although this tour does not visit specific academic programs, you may contact graduate and professional schools directly with questions you have or requests to meet with professors or advisors. Check the department’s website for the appropriate program contact.

Graduate tours are offered at 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Tour registration is required prior to attendance. To sign up for a tour, please complete the scheduling form or email us at  uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu.

Tours are not held during holidays or campus closures: Monday, Jan. 21; Friday, April 19; Monday, May 27; Thursday, July 4; Monday, Sept. 2; Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29; Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 24-27; Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Guests are advised that tours may be cancelled due to heavy rain, severe weather or extreme temperatures.

We are also offer self-guided tour materials for guests. See below for graduate student frequently asked questions.

If you have additional questions about visiting campus, feel free to reach out to us at 919-962-1630 or uncvisitorscenter@unc.edu. We hope to see you at Carolina soon!

 

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Frequently asked questions

Where is the Graduate School?

The Graduate School’s main administrative building is located at 200 Bynum Hall, 222 E. Cameron Avenue, and may be reached at 919-966-2612. Visit The Graduate School online at https://gradschool.unc.edu/.

What is the Graduate Student Center?

The Graduate Student Center is a central space for graduate and professional students from all disciplines and departments. The GSC, part of The Graduate School, hosts interdisciplinary seminars, professional development activities and more. The GSC is located at 211A W. Cameron Avenue. Visit gradschool.unc.edu/studentlife/resources/gsc/ for more information.

How does the Graduate School support graduate and professional students?

CHART is a framework for students to approach their graduate studies and make use of the wide array of campus and community resources. CHART stands for: Community, Health & Wellness, Academic Success & Professional Development, Resilience & Resources and The Graduate School. Visit gradschool.unc.edu/studentlife/chart/ for more information. New students (and even current students!) may wish to review The Graduate School’s New Student Modules at gradschool.unc.edu/events/orientation/modules/, which provide answers to key questions.

 

The Graduate School’s professional development programs provide a full range of training opportunities and resources to graduate students. Dozens of courses, seminars and workshops are held throughout the year, and a Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals offers additional training – all to prepare graduate students for professional success. One specific resource, the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, helps students gain a competitive edge for the academic job market. Visit gradprofdev.unc.edu, gcbf.unc.edu and gradprofdev.unc.edu/cirtl-unc-chapel-hill for more information.

The Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success program recognizes and supports students’ diverse identities through five initiatives: Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, Global Grads, the Initiative for Minority Excellence, Military-Affiliated Grads and Queer Graduate and Professional Students. Visit graddiversity.unc.edu for more information.

What funding opportunities exist?

The Graduate Funding Information Center helps current and prospective graduate students find funding internally and externally. Along with sponsoring public workshops and offering individual consultations, GFIC hosts a number of online resources outlining funding opportunities via the Funding Information Portal. Visit gradfunding.web.unc.edu for more information. Contact GFIC with any questions about funding at gfic@unc.edu.

How can I get involved on campus?

Carolina has more than 800 student organizations to explore. A full list is found at heellife.unc.edu/organizations. Filter by the Graduate/Professional category to find a selection of professional and recreational groups to join.

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) is the governing and advocating body for graduate and professional students at Carolina. The GPSF connects graduate and professional students by providing funds for travel grants and departmental events; hosting campus-wide academic, social and volunteer events; and building community across programs and departments. The GPSF is located in suite 3109 in the Franklin Porter Graham Student Union. Visit gpsf.unc.edu for more information.

 

The Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB) enhances life at Carolina through programming and events for the entire University community. CUAB is committed to expanding activities that address graduate needs and interests, and to recruiting graduate students who are interested in contributing their thoughts and ideas to make programming and events relevant and inclusive for graduate students. Visit https://carolinaunion.unc.edu/ for more information.

What are some perks that come with being a graduate student?

Full-time students enjoy many great perks with their OneCard, including: admission to Athletics events, $10 tickets for Carolina Performing Arts performances, membership to Campus Recreation, access to and unlimited use of campus Be a Maker (BeAM) spaces, local community discounts and more!

Where do graduate students live?

UNC Housing provides two locations for on-campus graduate/student family housing: Baity Hill Student Family Housing and Mason Farm Graduate Housing. Many students live off campus in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or Durham. For off-campus housing information, visit offcampushousing.unc.edu.

How does transportation work?

Students have many transportation options. The free Chapel Hill Transit system operates 38 bus lines in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area. Transit lines and schedule can be found on the NextBus app or online. In addition, GoTriangle operates buses connecting Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh, with purchase of bus fare.

The Commuter Alternative Program rewards faculty, staff, and students who choose to take the bus, join a rideshare, ride a bike or walk to campus. CAP members enjoy many benefits, such as discounts at participating restaurants and shops. Visit move.unc.edu/cap for more information.

Students who wish to drive their own vehicles to campus may enter the Academic Year Parking Lottery to receive an on-campus permit. Consult move.unc.edu/parking/student-parking for more information.

How do I visit a certain school or department?

  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
    • Sign up on the School of Pharmacy’s website at pharmacy.unc.edu/academics to attend Pharmacy Fridays and learn about other opportunities, such as open houses.
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Education
    • Contact the graduate admissions department at 919-966-1346.
  • School of Government
    • Contact the school office at 919-966-5381.
  • School of Information and Library Science
    • Contact the school office at 919-962-8366.
  • School of Law
  • School of Media and Journalism
  • School of Medicine
    • Visit the School of Medicine in the Admissions Office at 1001 Bondurant Hall. Send your request for a personal tour to uncsomrecruitment@gmail.com and a student will be in touch to schedule a tour. Contact the Admissions Office at 919-962-8331 with any other questions.
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
    • A schedule of information sessions and student panels may be found online at ssw.unc.edu/admissions. For more information, contact the graduate admissions department at 919-843-6284.

 

Which campus offices/partners are particularly valuable to graduate students?

Counseling and Psychological Services offers a variety of support groups, groups focused on communication and relating to others, and workshop-style groups that teach specific skills. In particular, CAPS conducts dissertation, parenting and global graduate support groups. Visit caps.unc.edu/services/group-therapy/current-therapy-groups for more information.

 

The Writing Center offers significant English Language Support for international students and scholars (writingcenter.unc.edu/esl), as well as dissertation boot camps for doctoral students to connect with others working on dissertations (writingcenter.unc.edu/dissertation-boot-camp).

 

University Career Services (UCS) provides support from early career planning to job search skills. UCS offers career-specific networking nights and career panels, as well as a listserv featuring articles and positions of specific interest to graduate and professional students. Visit careers.unc.edu/students/graduate-students for more information.