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The arts at Carolina

Central to the Tar Heel experience, the arts at Carolina are vibrant thanks to our students, faculty and staff and community members.

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230 years of public service

۰ͼ-Chapel Hill is at the heart of what’s next, preparing talented students from different perspectives and life experiences to become creators, explorers, entrepreneurs and leaders. Tar Heels develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change.

Carolina’s nationally recognized teaching, groundbreaking research and dedication to public service continue a legacy that began when the University was chartered in 1789 and opened to students four years later.

  • 1stand only public university in the United States to award degrees in the 18th century.
  • No. 4public school in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2024 Best Colleges rankings.
  • 61national championships won by the Tar Heels

Meet a Tar Heel

Explore Carolina

See what Tar Heels are up to on campus and beyond.
  • A graphic illustrating computer science and data science research

    The forefront of AI research

    Learn how Carolina researchers across campus are finding creative ways to use artificial intelligence for the greater good.

  • Two students taking a selfie in front of a bell tower lit Carolina Blue at night.

    Tar Heel traditions

    Watch the Bell Tower lighting the night before the first day of class. Relax in the sun on Polk Place. Cheer on the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium. Carolina is filled with traditions — some that date back for decades and others that are new — that students cherish today.

  • A ram mascot named Rameses taking a selfie with a student on a brick pathway on the campus of ۰ͼ-Chapel Hill.

    It's a great day to be a Tar Heel

    Every day, Tar Heels are creating a positive impact on the world by improving communities and inspiring change through their extraordinary talents.

The Well

News from Carolina

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Check out photos and videos capturing the Tar Heel experience
  1. Illustration of a laptop with icons representing text, illustration, photo-editing and art apps.

    GenAI 101

    Robert B. House Undergrad Library

    Mon, July 1512:00 pm

  2. Beyond Dieting: Meeting your Personal Health Goals with LifeStyle Medical Centers

    Wed, July 1712:00 pm

  3. Exterior day photo of main campus quad with NC flag in foreground.

    New Student Convocation

    Dean E. Smith Center

    Sun, August 1805:00 pm

  4. First day of classes

    Mon, August 19