Welcome to Carolina
We invite you to explore the heart of campus and feel the history, vibrancy and charm of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Along with its beauty, Carolina has a reputation as a place where science, research and the arts of all kinds thrive. Our history, a living, breathing presence on campus, connects our contemporary community to a legacy as old as the United States.
As the nation’s first public university, Carolina opened its doors to students in 1795 and was the only university to award degrees in the 18th century. The state of North Carolina chartered the University in 1789.
Today, UNC-Chapel Hill is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public education.
We want to share the many stories of our extraordinary university and introduce you to the innovation, impact and accessibility that define Carolina’s identity today. Whether you are well acquainted with Carolina or setting foot on campus for the first time, we invite you to stop by the UNC Visitors Center for guidance, recommendations and insights — let us tailor your visit and show you all that Carolina has to offer.