Serving North Carolina

The students, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are guided by two core tenets, “Of the Public, for the Public” and “Innovation Made Fundamental.” The stories below share some of the many ways Carolina touches every corner of North Carolina, from health centers in the mountains to disaster relief along the coast to fostering Tar Heel entrepreneurs whose businesses employ people all across the state.
Learn More

Our success is

North Carolina’s success.

“Carolina is the University of the people of North Carolina. Since our founding, the people of our state have defined who we are and what we can achieve. We cannot be the leading global public research university without them. It is their support and sacrifice that make our great institution successful.”
– Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Read more about how Carolina’s service impacts all of North Carolina

Statewide Impact

A dentist and a patient at a dental office at MAHEC.

New partnership ‘a huge public service’

UNC Adams School of Dentistry and MAHEC are aligning education and public service to bring oral health care to rural populations.


Students Give Back

Carolina Law’s Pro Bono Program gives students hands-on experiences that range from helping cancer patients complete complex legal forms to securing humanitarian aid for refugee children.

UNC medical student Travis Wliiams

Going Where The Need Is Greatest

“I know that I want to do family medicine, and I know that I want to do rural. Everything I need is up here.”

Elaine Townsend Utin and Ricky Hurtado

Creating Opportunities

“An education system in North Carolina that truly serves everyone … ”


Preparing for environmental threats

A new center at Carolina’s Institute for the Environment is helping communities better prepare and plan for hurricanes and future risks posed by climate change.


Harnessing Seaweed’s Full Potential

Carolina students are changing the world.

    Saving Lives


    Monitoring asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

    Partnering with state and local agencies to assess COVID-19 prevalence


    The Enhanced Baby Bundle

    “This project has the potential to impact 178,000 births every year in the Carolinas.”

    Pharmacists practicing to administer a vaccine.

    Future Pharmacists at the Ready

    “We are preparing ourselves… to be key administers of this vaccine.”


    ‘Heroes Health’ Mental Wellness App Launched By UNC School Of Medicine And UNC Health

    “First responders and health care workers are facing a lot of challenges right now.”


    Testing a Vaccine

    The medical director of the HIV Cure Center is leading a clinical research team to conduct a large phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.


    Uncovering a Hidden Allergy

    Researching anomalies to improve the lives of many

      Inventive Solutions

      Jessica Smith

      Serving North Carolinians

      “If it makes North Carolina better, it’s worth it.”


      Anita Brown-Graham Discusses NcIMPACT

      Anita Brown-Graham, professor of public law and government, describes how ncIMPACT works to resolve community challenges.

      Launch Chapel Hill.

      Launching into the Future

      Major gift expands access to Launch Chapel Hill innovation space


      NCGrowth: Bolstering Businesses, Boosting Economies

      NCGrowth leverages a network of academic, government and industry partners to help businesses create jobs and build sustainable communities.

      Diamond Holloman, a PhD candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, listens to Malinda Maynor Lowery, co-director of Southern futures at a meeting in a community center in Robeson County.

      The Human Side of Research

      An interdisciplinary team of humanities students and faculty are documenting climate change in Robeson County.

      Researcher entering data into a machine.

      Expanding Nanotechnology Access

      Bringing national acclaim and nanotechnology resources to our region.

        Support Carolina

        We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know the important role unrestricted funding will play in the months and years to come.

        Click below to support The Carolina Fund or search for the unrestricted fund of your choice. Thank you!

        Make An Unrestricted Gift Today Opens in new window