The First Public University

On October 12, 1793 — 225 years ago — the cornerstone for American public higher education was laid in Chapel Hill. From that founding, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been an innovator. And though our founders may not have fully anticipated it, our University has driven and continues to drive great change in our state, nation and world.

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Across our history are countless stories of the people, programs and discoveries that have made that change possible. Featured below are 225 of those Carolina Stories. The resolve to discover for everyone’s benefit, the commitment to serve others in North Carolina and beyond, and the drive to share our knowledge with the next generation of scholars are distinctive traits of the Carolina community.