The University
of the People

In his 1993 bicentennial address, UNC alumnus Charles Kuralt reminded us that, as the nation’s first public university, Carolina is “The University of the People.” His words captured perfectly what makes Carolina great — its people. Here are the stories of some of those people who, together, showcase the broad impact Carolina makes in the state, nation and world. By supporting them and our public, the possibilities are limitless.


Mapping Carolina: County To State

Mapping how Carolina makes an impact through research, scholarship and innovation to serve North Carolinians, from the mountains to the coast.

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  • Terry Rhodes

    Reimagining the Arts & Sciences For All Kind

    Terry Rhodes is a Carolina alumna, a proud parent of a recent Carolina graduate — and an internationally renowned singer. Now she is leading the oldest and largest school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • Research

    Clean Water for All

    Individualized Medicine at the Molecular Level

  • Environment

    Climate Game-Changers

    Carolina undergraduates traveled to Ecuador to take a closer look at the Andes Mountains' carbon sink.

  • Student Support

    Educating to Empower

    Carolina builds a new general education curriculum from the ground up, with a new emphasis on the first year, essential skills and experiential learning.

  • Student Support

    Celebrating Carolina Firsts

    A study abroad fellowship sends students to the U.S.-Mexico border to examine the concept of “borderlands” as it relates to their own first-generation identities.

  • Autism

    Delivering Care Across the Spectrum

    Bringing together world-class autism researchers to improve the lives of children and adults on the autism spectrum.

  • Tar Heel bus tour

    Heels on the Bus

    The 2019 Tar Heel Bus Tour covered three routes in the western, eastern and southeastern regions of our state, stopping in a total of 26 towns and covering more than 1,600 miles along the way.

  • Alumni

    Supporting the Arts

    “Perhaps I could help launch a budding playwright…”

  • Alumni

    Igniting a Global Spark in Students

    Aiding students in pursuing experiences that may change the course of their lives

  • Alumni

    Born and Bred

    “How you choose to give back enriches your whole life.”

  • Dean Angela Kashuba

    Focused on helping people live longer, healthier lives

    Renowned researcher and innovator in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Angela Kashuba is ready for a new challenge as dean of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

  • Research

    Minds meet hearts in the hunt for a cure

    Developing personalized treatments for cancer patients is more than a professional path for these UNC researchers; it’s a personal mission.