Carolina is a place where scholars discover their academic, personal, and professional paths. Scholars give back to the world through tangible acts of service and find meaningful connections with people who encourage, challenge, and inspire them. 

Quick Facts About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity 
  • More than 150 students graduated as Buckley Public Service Scholars in 2023, logging more than 73,870 hours of public service 
  • Fifty-four Rhodes Scholars since the program began in 1902 (thirty-five are Morehead-Cains) 
  • More than 3,000 undergraduates produce original research in approximately 140 courses 
  • More than 350,000 living alumni in all fifty states and Washington, D.C., and 147 countries 


The Core Elements of life at Carolina include:


Intellectual Pursuits at a World-Class Research Institution

Scholars engage with professors and other students to develop critical thought in the classroom. They may even discover scientific breakthroughs in the lab or earn an award in creative writing. Carolina is where students, faculty, and community and business leaders collaborate to find answers to all kinds of local and global challenges. Learn more about innovation at UNC.

 Public ServiceCommitment to Public Service

Scholars find myriad ways to invest in public service on campus and around the world—often through the Carolina Center for Public Service or through the Campus Y, an umbrella organization for social justice groups. Every student is guaranteed to learn about local and state politics. Learn more about how UNC supportes North Carolina.


Community from Around the World

Scholars are surrounded by a diverse student body and enjoy the quintessential campus lifestyle: afternoons reclining under the centuries-old oak trees on the quad, discussing philosophy with someone they’ve just met in class; evenings in the Dean Dome, madly cheering on the seven-time national championship-winning men’s basketball team; and lingering for hours at the dining hall dinner table, unable to tear themselves away from the evening’s lively conversation.  

The education at Carolina is vigorous and stimulating, the community warm and inviting. It is a place that students and faculty are delighted to call home.


“Woven into the fabric of the larger UNC-Chapel Hill story lies the profound impact that the Morehead-Cain Foundation makes in empowering student to advance the wider community, the state of North Carolina, and the world we live in.”

Kartik Tyagi ’23