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.

UNC - Chapel Hill

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  • Arts

    Art Changes Everything:
    The Peck Effect

    When Carolina alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, gifted a rare collection of 17th-century European masterworks — including seven Rembrandts — to the Ackland Art Museum, it became the nation’s first public university art museum to own a collection of Rembrandt drawings and one of only two universities to do so.  

  • Student Support

    No Stranger To Hard Work

    Tarik Woods got his first job at 14. He's been working hard ever since.

  • UNC - Chapel Hill

    Give Before The Year Runs Out

    Private support is critical to Carolina’s mission to advance welfare for all kind. With 2017 winding down, it’s not too late to make a gift that will also benefit your tax liability, but time is of the essence.

  • Linda Kastleman/UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
    Health

    Breathing…a sigh of relief for asthma sufferers

    People with severe asthma have trouble breathing almost all of the time and experience frequent, debilitating attacks. It’s not only frightening; it can be deadly.

  • Leadership

    The Transcendent Joy of Philanthropy

    "It's a thrill for the two of us to experience what I call 'the transcendent joy of philanthropy'..."

  • Leadership

    A Game-Changing Gift for Faculty

    "I have been fortunate to have incredible teachers who invested their time and energy in my success..."

  • Health

    Finding Her Voice

    “That just wasn’t good enough for me.”

  • Student Support

    Speaking Truth To Power

    “...we are repelled by injustice. We are curious...”

  • Global Impact

    Lengthening Lifespans

    “There's no textbook on how to do this.”

  • Campus

    Building Toward Excellence

    For our 7,000-plus alumni, no building on campus better encapsulates their education than Beard Hall.

  • Business

    Education Anywhere 

    UNC Kenan-Flagler was one of the first leading business schools to offer an online M.B.A. program.

  • Business

    Building for the Future

    Making North Carolina a more attractive place for others to live and work is important to Steve Bell (BA ’67).