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.

Librarian holding the Highlander video tape.
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Fire Fighters

When an arsonist tried to destroy a storied social justice center, the staff at Wilson Library made sure its archive would live on.

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  • Cliff Huang poses by the Old Well to commemorate the earning of his doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1968.
    Alumni

    A Blessed Life

    Cliff Huang’s journey from Taiwan to Carolina.

  • Tyrell Carter smiles in front of Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Alumni

    A Love for Entrepreneurship

    Tyrell Carter ’21 shares his experience with entrepreneurship.

  • Grace Yook poses in front of Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Alumni

    Forging Her Path

    Grace Yook is the first Asian woman to graduate from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s dual-degree program with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

  • Librarian holding the Highlander video tape.
    Research

    Fire Fighters

    When an arsonist tried to destroy a storied social justice center, the staff at Wilson Library made sure its archive would live on.

  • Student Support

    Belonging and Empowerment

    The Carolina Covenant helped Juan Castro '22 feel like he belonged in Chapel Hill. Now, the senior class president is serving as a mentor to younger students and an advisor to administrators as he helps create a more inclusive community at Carolina.

  • Jocelyn Rives poses for senior picture in her cap and gown
    Alumni

    Hard Work Pays Off

    Jocelyn Rives '20 becomes the first in her immediate family to earn a college degree.

  • Cole Mueller poses in front of the Old Well in a cap and gown
    Alumni

    Tar Heel Traditions

    Cole Mueller ‘20 returns to campus to complete his Carolina bucket list.

  • A student rides a bicycle in front of the Bell Tower at UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Student Support

    A College Education within Reach

    Meet a few of the amazing students Carolina is able to attract and retain through Scholarships at Carolina.

  • Ashley Medina plays a flute outdoors at Carolina.

    A Call to Serve

    With an older sister already in college and two younger siblings, Ashley Medina was excited to learn about the support for military families through the Red, White and Carolina Blue Challenge.

  • Blue Sky Scholar Gigi Cloney poses in front of the Old Well on Carolina's campus.
    Student Support

    ‘Serendipitous’ Support

    Support from the Blue Sky Scholars program arrived just when this public policy and German double major needed it.

  • Peachtree Scholar Sandra Thing poses on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Student Support

    From ATL to the Well

    Meet Carolina's first Peachtree Scholar, Sandra Thiongo '23, a psychology major and member of UNC's Psych Club who is determined to make the most of her college experience.

  • Carolina Covenant Scholar Matthew Wood runs the steps at the football stadium at UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Student Support

    Graduating debt-free? ‘That’s crazy!’

    Thanks to the Carolina Covenant, "I get to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country, and I’m going to graduate debt-free. That’s crazy!”