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The University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, also known as UNC, UNC Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina, or simply
Carolina, is a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the flagship of the 17 campuses of the
University of North Carolina system. After being chartered in 1789, the university
first began enrolling students in 1795, which also allows it to be one of three schools
to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. Out of all three to claim said title, the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the only public university to hold classes
and graduate students in the eighteenth century.The first public institution of higher education
in North Carolina, the school opened its doors to students on February 12, 1795. The university offers degrees in over 70 courses
of study through fourteen colleges and the College of Arts and Sciences. All undergraduates receive a liberal arts
education and have the option to pursue a major within the professional schools of the
university or within the College of Arts and Sciences from the time they obtain junior
status. Under the leadership of President Kemp Plummer
Battle, in 1877 North Carolina became coeducational and began the process of desegregation in
1951 when African-American graduate students were admitted under Chancellor Robert Burton
House. In 1952, North Carolina opened its own hospital,
UNC Health Care, for research and treatment, and has since specialized in cancer care. The school’s students, alumni, and sports
teams are known as “Tar Heels”. UNC’s faculty and alumni include 9 Nobel Prize
laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 49 Rhodes Scholars. Additional notable alumni include a U.S. President,
a U.S. Vice President, 38 Governors of U.S. States, 98 members of the United States Congress,
9 Cabinet members, 39 Henry Luce Scholars, 9 World Cup winners and 3 astronauts as well
as founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. The campus covers 729 acres (3 km2) of Chapel
Hill’s downtown area, encompassing the Morehead Planetarium and the many stores and shops
located on Franklin Street. Students can participate in over 550 officially
recognized student organizations. The student-run newspaper The Daily Tar Heel
has won national awards for collegiate media, while the student radio station WXYC provided
the world’s first internet radio broadcast. In 2018, UNC was ranked amongst the top 30
universities in the United States according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities,
Washington Monthly, and U.S. News & World Report. Internationally, UNC is ranked 33rd and 34th
in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities and U.S. News and World Report,
respectively. UNC is regarded as a Public Ivy, an institution
which provides an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price. North Carolina is one of the charter members
of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was founded on June 14, 1953. Competing athletically as the Tar Heels, North
Carolina has achieved great success in sports, most notably in men’s basketball, women’s
soccer, and women’s field hockey. == History == Chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly
on December 11, 1789, the university’s cornerstone was laid on October 12, 1793, near the ruins
of a chapel, chosen because of its central location within the state. The first public university chartered under
the US Constitution, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of three universities
that claims to be the oldest public university in the United States and the only such institution
to confer degrees in the eighteenth century.During the Civil War, North Carolina Governor David
Lowry Swain persuaded Confederate President Jefferson Davis to exempt some students from
the draft, so the university was one of the few in the Confederacy that managed to stay
open. However, Chapel Hill suffered the loss of
more of its population during the war than any village in the South, and when student
numbers did not recover, the university was forced to close during Reconstruction from
December 1, 1870 until September 6, 1875.Despite initial skepticism from university President
Frank Porter Graham, on March 27, 1931, legislation was passed to group the University of North
Carolina with the State College of Agriculture and Engineering and Woman’s College of the
University of North Carolina to form the Consolidated University of North Carolina. In 1963, the consolidated university was made
fully coeducational, although most women still attended Woman’s College for their first two
years, transferring to Chapel Hill as juniors, since freshmen were required to live on campus
and there was only one women’s residence hall. As a result, Woman’s College was renamed the
“University of North Carolina at Greensboro”, and the University of North Carolina became
the “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” In 1955, UNC Chapel Hill officially desegregated
its undergraduate divisions. During World War II, UNC Chapel Hill was one
of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training
Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.During the 1960s, the campus
was the location of significant political protest. Prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964, protests about local racial segregation which began quietly in Franklin Street restaurants
led to mass demonstrations and disturbance. The climate of civil unrest prompted the 1963
Speaker Ban Law prohibiting speeches by communists on state campuses in North Carolina. The law was immediately criticized by university
Chancellor William Brantley Aycock and university President William Friday, but was not reviewed
by the North Carolina General Assembly until 1965. Small amendments to allow “infrequent” visits
failed to placate the student body, especially when the university’s board of trustees overruled
new Chancellor Paul Frederick Sharp’s decision to allow speaking invitations to Marxist speaker
Herbert Aptheker and civil liberties activist Frank Wilkinson; however, the two speakers
came to Chapel Hill anyway. Wilkinson spoke off campus, while more than
1,500 students viewed Aptheker’s speech across a low campus wall at the edge of campus, christened
“Dan Moore’s Wall” by The Daily Tar Heel for Governor Dan K. Moore. A group of UNC Chapel Hill students, led by
Student Body President Paul Dickson, filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court, and on February
20, 1968, the Speaker Ban Law was struck down. In 1969, campus food workers of Lenoir Hall
went on strike protesting perceived racial injustices that impacted their employment,
garnering the support of student groups and members of the University and Chapel Hill
community. From the late 1990s and onward, UNC Chapel
Hill expanded rapidly with a 15% increase in total student population to more than 28,000
by 2007. This was accompanied by the construction of
new facilities, funded in part by the “Carolina First” fundraising campaign and an endowment
that increased fourfold to more than $2 billion within ten years. Professor Oliver Smithies was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2007 for his work in genetics. Additionally, Professor Aziz Sancar was awarded
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015 for his work in understanding the molecular repair
mechanisms of DNA.In the 2010s, the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam became the focus
of ever more clamorous voices calling for its removal; they described it as a racist
monument. On August 20, 2018, unidentified individuals
toppled the statue, plunging the University into a serious political crisis. Notable leaders of the university include
the 26th Governor of North Carolina, David Lowry Swain (president 1835–1868); and Edwin
Anderson Alderman (1896–1900), who was also president of Tulane University and the University
of Virginia. The current chancellor is Carol Folt, the
first woman to hold the position. == Campus == UNC Chapel Hill’s 729-acre (3.0 km2) campus
is dominated by two central quads: Polk Place and McCorkle Place. Polk Place is named after North Carolina native
and university alumnus President James K. Polk, and McCorkle Place is named in honor
of Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, the original author of the bill requesting the university’s
charter. Adjacent to Polk Place is a sunken brick courtyard
known as the Pit where students will gather, often engaging in lively debate with speakers
such as the Pit Preacher. The Morehead–Patterson Bell Tower, located
in the heart of campus, tolls the quarter-hour. In 1999, UNC Chapel Hill was one of sixteen
recipients of the American Society of Landscape Architects Medallion Awards and was identified
as one of 50 college or university “works of art” by T.A. Gaines in his book The Campus as a Work of
Art.The university’s campus is informally divided into three regions, usually referred
to as “north campus,” “middle campus,” and “south campus.” North campus includes the two quads along
with the Pit, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, and the Davis, House, and Wilson libraries. Almost all classrooms are located in north
campus along with several undergraduate residence halls. Middle campus includes Fetzer Field and Woollen
Gymnasium along with the Student Recreation Center, Kenan Memorial Stadium, Irwin Belk
outdoor track, Eddie Smith Field House, Boshamer Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Sonja Haynes
Stone Center for Black Culture and History, School of Government, School of Law, George
Watts Hill Alumni Center, Ram’s Head complex (with a dining hall, parking garage, grocery
store, and gymnasium), and various residence halls. South campus includes the Dean Smith Center
for men’s basketball, Koury Natatorium, School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals, Kenan–Flagler
Business School, and the newest student residence halls. A new satellite campus, Carolina North, to
be built on the site of Horace Williams Airport was approved in 2007. This is planned to be primarily a research
park with expanded science facilities, but will also add classrooms and residence halls
to cope with future increases in student population. === Sustainability ===
The principles of sustainability have been integrated throughout much of UNC Chapel Hill. In the area of green building, the university
requires that all new projects meet the requirements for LEED Silver certification and is in the
process of building the first building in North Carolina to receive LEED Platinum status. UNC Chapel Hill’s award-winning co-generation
facility produces one-fourth of the electricity and all of the steam used on campus. In 2006, the university and the Town of Chapel
Hill jointly agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050, becoming the first
town-gown partnership in the country to do so. Through these efforts, the university achieved
a “A−” grade on the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s College Sustainability Report
Card 2010. Only 14 out of 300 universities received a
higher score than this. === Old Well and McCorkle Place === The most enduring symbol of the university
is the Old Well, a small neoclassical rotunda based on the Temple of Love in the Gardens
of Versailles, in the same location as the original well that provided water for the
school. The well stands at the south end of McCorkle
Place, the northern quad, between two of the campus’s oldest buildings, Old East, and Old
West. Also located in McCorkle Place is the Davie
Poplar tree under which the university’s founder, William Richardson Davie, supposedly selected
the location for the university. The legend of the Davie Poplar says that if
the tree falls, so will UNC Chapel Hill. Because of the tree’s questionable health
from damage caused by severe weather such as Hurricane Fran in 1996, the university
has planted two genetic clones nearby called Davie Poplar Jr. and Davie Poplar III. The second clone, Davie Poplar III, was planted
in conjunction with the university’s bicentennial celebration in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. Another university landmark was the Confederate
monument, known to students as Silent Sam, erected to commemorate UNC Chapel Hill students
who died fighting for the Confederacy. The statue has at times been dogged by controversy,
some critics claiming that the monument invokes memories of racism and slavery, while others
counter that “Silent Sam” is simply historical and a part of the heritage of the South. The statue depicts a soldier armed with a
rifle, but lacking a cartridge box. Thus, Silent Sam does not carry any ammunition
and is a “benign” soldier. The statue was erected in 1913 by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the school’s Confederate heroes. Shortly before the beginning of the 2018-2019
school year, the Silent Sam was toppled by protestors and university administration is
weighing options on returning the statue to its former location, or to another place on
campus altogether. The student members of the university’s Dialectic
and Philanthropic Societies are not allowed to walk on the grass of McCorkle Place out
of respect for the unknown resting place of Joseph Caldwell, the university’s first president.The
Morehead–Patterson bell tower was commissioned by John Motley Morehead III, the benefactor
of the Morehead Scholarship. The hedge and surrounding landscape was designed
by William C. Coker, botany professor and creator of the campus arboretum. Traditionally, seniors have the opportunity
to climb the tower a few days prior to May commencement.The historic Playmakers Theatre
is located on Cameron Avenue between McCorkle Place and Polk Place. It was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis,
the same architect who renovated the northern façade of Old East in 1844. The east-facing building was completed in
1851 and initially served as a library and as a ballroom. It was originally named Smith Hall after North
Carolina Governor General Benjamin Smith, who was a special aide to George Washington
during the American Revolutionary War and was an early benefactor to the university. When the library moved to Hill Hall in 1907,
the School of Law occupied Smith Hall until 1923. In 1925, the structure was renovated and used
as a stage by the university theater group, the Carolina Playmakers. It has remained a theater to the present day. Louis Round Wilson wrote in 1957 that Playmakers
Theatre is the “architectural gem of the campus.” Playmakers Theatre was declared a National
Historic Landmark in 1973. Today, the building is a venue for student
drama productions, concerts, and events sponsored by academic departments. == Academics == === Curriculum ===
UNC Chapel Hill offers 71 bachelor’s, 107 master’s and 74 doctoral degree programs. The university enrolls more than 28,000 students
from all 100 North Carolina counties, the other 49 states, and 47 other countries. It is the second largest university in North
Carolina. State law requires that the percentage of
students from North Carolina in each freshman class meet or exceed 82%. The student body consists of 17,981 undergraduate
students and 10,935 graduate and professional students (as of Fall 2009). Minorities comprise 30.8% of UNC Chapel Hill’s
undergraduate population and applications from international students have more than
doubled in the last five years (from 702 in 2004 to 1,629 in 2009). Eighty-nine percent of enrolling first year
students in 2009 reported a GPA of 4.0 or higher on a weighted 4.0 scale. UNC Chapel Hill students are strong competitors
for national and international scholarships. In 2009, two UNC Chapel Hill seniors won Rhodes
Scholarships. The most popular majors at UNC Chapel Hill
are Biology, Business Administration, Psychology, Media and Journalism, and Political Science. UNC Chapel Hill also offers 300 study abroad
programs in 70 countries.At the undergraduate level, all students must fulfill a number
of general education requirements as part of the Making Connections curriculum, which
was introduced in 2006. English, social science, history, foreign
language, mathematics, and natural science courses are required of all students, ensuring
that they receive a broad liberal arts education. The university also offers a wide range of
first year seminars for incoming freshmen. After their second year, students move on
to the College of Arts and Sciences, or choose an undergraduate professional school program
within the schools of medicine, nursing, business, education, pharmacy, information and library
science, public health, or media and journalism. Undergraduates are held to an eight-semester
limit of study. === Undergraduate admissions ===
UNC Chapel Hill’s admissions process is “most selective” according to U.S. News & World
Report. State law requires that the percentage of
in-state students per freshman class be at least 82%, making out-of-state admissions
particularly selective. For freshmen entering Fall 2017, 9,709 were
accepted out of 40,918 applicants, a 24% acceptance rate, and 4,335 enrolled. Women constituted 61% of the incoming class;
men 39%.Among freshman students who enrolled in fall 2017, SAT scores for the middle 50%
ranged from 640-720 for critical reading and 630-730 for math. ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged
from 28–33. In terms of class rank, 78% of enrolled freshmen
were in the top 10% of their high school classes. === Department of Public Policy ===
The UNC Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy, established in 2001, is a public policy program
offering specializations in areas such as global health policy, education policy, tax
policy, and social justice. Established in 1979, the Curriculum in Public
Policy Analysis was one of the first undergraduate degree programs in public policy, and a charter
member of the national Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. It was augmented in 1991 by an interdisciplinary
PhD Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis. In 1995 the two curricula were combined and
began recruiting their own core faculty. In 2001 the combined curriculum became the
present Department of Public Policy. === Honor Code ===
The university has a longstanding Honor Code known as the “Instrument of Student Judicial
Governance,” supplemented by an entirely student-run Honor System to resolve issues with students
accused of academic and conduct offenses against the university community. The Honor System is divided into three branches:
the Student Attorney General Staff, the Honor Court, and the Honor System Outreach. The Student Attorney General is appointed
by the Student Body President to investigate all reports of Honor Code violations and determine
whether or not to bring charges against the student as detailed in the “Instrument.” The Attorney General is supported by a select
staff of around 40 students. The Honor Court is led by the Chair, who is
appointed by the Student Body President, and supported by Vice Chairs who adjudicate all
students’ hearings. The Honor Court as a whole is made up of some
80 selected students. The Honor System Outreach is a branch of the
System solely devoted to promoting honor and integrity in the university community. UNC Chapel Hill is the only public university,
with the exception of the military academies, that has a completely student-run system from
the beginning to the end of the process. === Libraries === UNC Chapel Hill’s library system includes
a number of individual libraries housed throughout the campus and holds more than 7.0 million
volumes in total. UNC Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Collection
(NCC) is the largest and most comprehensive collection of holdings about any single state
nationwide. The unparalleled assemblage of literary, visual,
and artifactual materials documents four centuries of North Carolina history and culture. The North Carolina Collection is housed in
Wilson Library, named after Louis Round Wilson, along with the Southern Historical Collection,
the Rare Books Collection, and the Southern Folklife Collection. The university is home to ibiblio, one of
the world’s largest collections of freely available information including software,
music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.The Davis Library,
situated near the Pit, is the main library and the largest academic facility and state-owned
building in North Carolina. It was named after North Carolina philanthropist
Walter Royal Davis and opened on February 6, 1984. The first book checked out of Davis Library
was George Orwell’s 1984. The R.B. House Undergraduate Library is located between
the Pit area and Wilson Library. It is named after Robert B. House, the Chancellor
of UNC Chapel Hill from 1945 to 1957, and it opened in 1968. In 2001, the R.B. House Undergraduate Library underwent a $9.9
million renovation that modernized the furnishings, equipment, and infrastructure of the building. Prior to the construction of Davis, Wilson
Library was the university’s main library, but now Wilson hosts special events and houses
special collections, rare books, and temporary exhibits.The library oversees “Documenting
the American South,” a free public access website of “digitized primary materials that
offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture.” The project began in 1996. In 2009 the library launched the North Carolina
Digital Heritage Center, a statewide digital library, in partnership with other organizations. === Rankings and reputation ===
In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill 5th among the top public colleges
and universities in the United States.The university was named a Public Ivy by Richard
Moll in his 1985 book The Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s Best Public Undergraduate
Colleges and Universities, and in later guides by Howard and Matthew Greene. Many of UNC Chapel Hill’s professional schools
have achieved high rankings in publications such as Forbes magazine, as well as annual
U.S. News & World Report surveys. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC
Chapel Hill business school’s MBA program as the 16th best in the nation. In the 2015 edition, U.S. News & World Report
ranked the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health as the top public
school of public health in the United States, and tied for second best school of public
health in the U.S. (behind Johns Hopkins and tied with Harvard). The UNC Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy
was ranked first among pharmacy schools in the United States in 2016 by U.S. News & World
Report. In 2005, Business Week ranked UNC Chapel Hill
business school’s Executive MBA program as the 5th best in the United States. UNC also offers an online MBA program, [email protected],
that is ranked #4 in the country in 2018 for Best Online MBA Programs.Other highly ranked
schools include journalism and mass communication, law, library and information science, medicine,
dentistry, and city and regional planning. Nationally, UNC Chapel Hill is in the top
ten public universities for research. Internationally, the 2016 QS World University
Rankings ranked North Carolina 78th in the world (in 2010 Times Higher Education World
University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings). UNC Chapel Hill’s undergraduate program is
ranked 30th in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and is consistently ranked
among the nation’s top five public universities, just behind UC Berkeley, University of Virginia,
UCLA, and the University of Michigan. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2015 ranked
UNC Chapel Hill as the number one “best value” public college in the country. The university also topped The Princeton Review’s
list of the Best Value Colleges in 2014. Similarly, the university is first among public
universities and ninth overall in “Great Schools, Great Prices”, on the basis of academic quality,
net cost of attendance and average student debt. Along with one of the nation’s most acclaimed
undergraduate honors programs in a public institution, UNC Chapel Hill also has the
highest percentage of undergraduates studying abroad for any public institution.The University
is also a large recipient of National Institute of Health grants and funds. For fiscal year 2014, the university received
$247,555,416 in NIH funds for research. This amount makes Chapel Hill the 7th overall
recipient to research funds in the nation by the NIH. === Scholarships === For decades, UNC Chapel Hill has offered an
undergraduate merit scholarship known as the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Recipients receive full tuition, room and
board, books, and funds for summer study for four years. Since the inception of the Morehead, 29 alumni
of the program have been named Rhodes Scholars. Since 2001, North Carolina has also co-hosted
the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, a merit scholarship and leadership development
program granting recipients full student privileges at both UNC Chapel Hill and neighboring Duke
University. Additionally, the university provides merit-based
scholarships and scholarships based on a combination of merit and financial need, including the
Carolina, Colonel Robinson, Johnston and Pogue Scholars programs.The UNC Department of Music
also offers a full-ride scholarship, called the Kenan Music Scholarship, to four students
per entering class, and the Chancellor’s Science Scholarship provides a partial scholarship
and a mentoring program to students from underrepresented backgrounds who intend to pursue a PhD or
MD/PhD in STEM fields. Additionally, the UNC Creative Writing Department
offers a full-ride each year to one incoming freshman under the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship,
named for the writer of the same name, an alumnus of the university.In 2003, Chancellor
James Moeser announced the Carolina Covenant, wherein UNC offers a debt free education to
low-income students who are accepted to the university. The program was the first of its kind at a
public university and the second overall in the nation (following Princeton University). About 80 other universities have since followed
suit.North Carolina is tied for the largest number of Rhodes Scholars among public universities
(47 since 1902) with the University of Virginia. Additionally, many students have won Truman,
Goldwater, Mitchell, Churchill, Fulbright, Marshall, Udall, and Mellon scholarships. === UNC academic-athletic scandal === From 1993 to 2011 UNC Chapel Hill offered
independent study courses within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies that
consistently awarded high grades regardless of the quality of the work submitted. The final research papers generally received
only a cursory review by an administrator without faculty oversight. During the 18-year period the courses saw
3,100 enrollees, of which slightly fewer than half were athletes. A report released in October 2014 by former
federal prosecutor Kenneth L. Wainstein showed that a number of faculty and administrators,
including some members of the athletic support department and the director of the Parr Center
for Ethics, had varying levels of knowledge about the nature of the courses. Members of the athletic support staff raised
concerns with the College of Arts and Sciences on multiple occasions, but they were repeatedly
rebuffed by an Associate Dean, who claimed that professors are free to run their classes
as they see fit; nine employees were eventually terminated or placed under disciplinary review
for their role in the classes. In June 2015, the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges put UNC Chapel Hill on one year of probation,
which was completed in June 2016 without further incident. In October 2017, the National Collegiate Athletic
Association declined to issue major sanctions against UNC after determining it could not
conclude that UNC violated NCAA bylaws. However, chair of the NCAA’s Committee on
Infractions, Greg Sankey, stated that “more likely than not” UNC athletes were receiving
fraudulent credit and were steered toward these courses to maintain eligibility to play
sports. == Athletics == North Carolina’s athletic teams are known
as the Tar Heels. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sub-level
for football), primarily competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports
since the 1953–54 season. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball,
cross country, fencing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field
and wrestling; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, fencing, field
hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis,
track & field and volleyball. The NCAA refers to UNC Chapel Hill as the
“University of North Carolina” for athletics. As of Fall 2011, the university had won 40
NCAA team championships in six different sports, eighth all-time. These include twenty one NCAA championships
in women’s soccer, six in women’s field hockey, four in men’s lacrosse, six in men’s basketball,
one in women’s basketball, and two in men’s soccer. The Men’s basketball team won its 6th NCAA
basketball championship in 2017, the third for Coach Roy Williams since he took the job
as head coach. UNC was also retroactively given the title
of National Champion for the 1924 championship, but is typically not included in the official
tally. Other recent successes include the 2011 College
Cup in men’s soccer, and four consecutive College World Series appearances by the baseball
team from 2006 to 2009. In 1994, the university’s athletic programs
won the Sears Directors Cup “all-sports national championship” awarded for cumulative performance
in NCAA competition. Consensus collegiate national athletes of
the year from North Carolina include Rachel Dawson in field hockey; Phil Ford, Tyler Hansbrough,
Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, James Worthy and Michael Jordan in men’s basketball; and
Mia Hamm (twice), Shannon Higgins, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini in women’s soccer. === Mascot and nickname === The university’s teams are nicknamed the “Tar
Heels,” in reference to the state’s eighteenth century prominence as a tar and pitch producer. The nickname’s cultural relevance, however,
has a complex history that includes anecdotal tales from both the American Civil War and
the American Revolution. The mascot is a live Dorset ram named Rameses,
a tradition that dates back to 1924, when the team manager brought a ram to the annual
game against Virginia Military Institute, inspired by the play of former football player
Jack “The Battering Ram” Merrit. The kicker rubbed his head for good luck before
a game-winning field goal, and the ram stayed. There is also an anthropomorphic ram mascot
who appears at games. The modern Rameses is depicted in a sailor’s
hat, a reference to a United States Navy flight training program that was attached to the
university during World War II. === The Carolina Way ===
Dean Smith was widely known for his idea of “The Carolina Way”, in which he challenged
his players to, “Play hard, play smart, play together.” “The Carolina Way” was an idea of excellence
in the classroom, as well as on the court. In Coach Smith’s book, The Carolina Way, former
player Scott Williams said, regarding Dean Smith, “Winning was very important at Carolina,
and there was much pressure to win, but Coach cared more about our getting a sound education
and turning into good citizens than he did about winning.”The October 22, 2014 release
of the Wainstein Report alleging institutionalized academic fraud that involved over 3,100 students
and student athletes, over an 18-year period from 1993 to 2011 that began during the final
years of the Dean Smith era, marred “The Carolina Way” image. The report alleged that at least 54 players
during the Dean Smith era were enrolled in what came to be known as “paper classes.” In response to the allegations of the Wainstein
report, the NCAA launched their own investigation and on June 5, 2015 accused the institution
of five major violations (including lack of institutional control). Sports Illustrated has since gone on to say,
“The Carolina Way” is no longer shorthand for all that is admirable and salutary in
college sports.” === Rivalries === The South’s Oldest Rivalry between North Carolina
and its first opponent, the University of Virginia, was prominent throughout the first
third of the twentieth century. The 119th meeting in football between two
of the top public universities in the east occurred in October 2014.One of the fiercest
rivalries is with Durham’s Duke University. Located only eight miles from each other,
the schools regularly compete in both athletics and academics. The Carolina-Duke rivalry is most intense,
however, in basketball. With a combined eleven national championships
in men’s basketball, both teams have been frequent contenders for the national championship
for the past thirty years. The rivalry has been the focus of several
books, including Will Blythe’s To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever and was the focus
of the HBO documentary Battle for Tobacco Road: Duke vs Carolina. Duke was Carolina’s biggest rival from the
1930’s until the early 1960’s, when Duke’s declining athletic program shifted Carolina’s
rival focus to North Carolina State. Carolina holds an in-state rivalry with fellow
Tobacco Road school, North Carolina State University. Attention shifted back to Duke following a
decline in NC State’s basketball program since the mid-1970’s (and the resurgence of Duke’s
basketball program), but the rivalry is sometimes still considered the most bitter in the state. Combined, the two schools hold seven NCAA
Championships and 27 ACC Championships in basketball. Students from each school often exchange pranks
before basketball and football games. === Rushing Franklin ===
While students previously held “Beat Duke” parades on Franklin Street before sporting
events, today students and sports fans have been known to spill out of bars and residence
halls upon the victory of one of Carolina’s sports teams. In most cases, a Franklin Street “bonfire”
celebration is due to a victory by the men’s basketball team, although other Franklin Street
celebrations have stemmed from wins by the women’s basketball team and women’s soccer
team. The first known student celebration on Franklin
Street came after the 1957 men’s basketball team capped their perfect season with a national
championship victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. From then on, students have flooded the street
after important victories. After a Final Four victory in 1981 and the
men’s basketball team won the 1982 NCAA Championship, Franklin Street was painted blue by the fans
who had rushed the street. This event has led local vendors to stop selling
Carolina blue paint as the Tar Heels near the national championship. === School colors ===
Since the beginning of intercollegiate athletics at UNC Chapel Hill in the late nineteenth
century, the school’s colors have been Carolina blue and white. The colors were chosen years before by the
Dialectic (blue) and Philanthropic (white) Societies, the oldest student organization
at the university. The school had required participation in one
of the clubs, and traditionally the “Di”s were from the western part of North Carolina
while the “Phi”s were from the eastern part of the state. Society members would wear a blue or white
ribbon at university functions, and blue or white ribbons were attached to their diplomas
at graduation. On public occasions, both groups were equally
represented, and eventually both colors were used by processional leaders to signify the
unity of both groups as part of the university. When football became a popular collegiate
sport in the 1880s, the Carolina football team adopted the light blue and white of the
Di-Phi Societies as the school colors. === School songs ===
Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement,
convocation, and athletic games are the university fight songs “I’m a Tar Heel Born” and “Here
Comes Carolina”. The fight songs are often played by the bell
tower near the center of campus, as well as after major victories. “I’m a Tar Heel Born” originated in the late
1920s as a tag to the school’s alma mater, “Hark The Sound”. “Hark the Sound” was usually played at the
end of games, but as of late it has been played at the beginning of games as well. The Institute of Folk Music at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded by Lamar Stringfield in 1930, followed by
the founding of the North Carolina Symphony in 1932. == Student life == === Organizations and activities ===
Most student organizations at UNC Chapel Hill are officially recognized and provided with
assistance by the Carolina Union, an administrative unit of the university. Funding is derived from the student government
student activity fee, which is allocated at the discretion of the student congress.The
largest student fundraiser, the UNC Chapel Hill Dance Marathon, involves thousands of
students, faculty, and community members in raising funds for the North Carolina Children’s
Hospital. The organization conducts fundraising and
volunteer activities throughout the year and, as of 2008, had donated $1.4 million since
its inception in 1999.The university is also noted for its Campus Y, the social justice
hub on campus that houses many service and internationally focused organizations. The Campus Y was founded in 1859, and is noted
as a “leader in on-campus discussion and dialogue and off-campus service and activism”. The Campus Y was at the center of many progressive
movements within the university, including the racial integration of the student body,
the effort to improve wages and working conditions for University employees,and the establishment
of the Sonja Haynes Stones Center for Black Culture and History. The Y is a collection of many UNC Chapel Hill
specific and outside organizations, such as Carolina Kickoff, STAND, Nourish International,
Carolina Microfinance Initiative, Homeless Outreach & Poverty Eradication (HOPE), and
Project Literacy. The student-run newspaper The Daily Tar Heel
is ranked highly by The Princeton Review, and received the 2004–5 National Pacemaker
Award from the Associated Collegiate Press. Founded in 1977, WXYC 89.3 FM is UNC Chapel
Hill’s student radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Programming is left up to student DJs. WXYC typically plays little heard music from
a wide range of genres and eras. On November 7, 1994, WXYC became the first
radio station in the world to broadcast its signal over the internet. A student-run television station, STV, airs
on the campus cable and throughout the Chapel Hill Time Warner Cable system. Founded in 1948 as successor to the Carolina
Magazine, the Carolina Quarterly, edited by graduate students, has published the works
of numerous authors, including Wendell Berry, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard,
Joyce Carol Oates, and John Edgar Wideman. Works appearing in the Quarterly have been
anthologized in Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South and have won
the Pushcart and O. Henry Prizes.The Clef Hangers (also known as the Clefs) are the
university’s oldest a cappella group, founded by Barry Saunders in 1977. The group has since won several Contemporary
A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs), including Best Soloist in the song Easy, featured on
the 2003 album Breeze. They have won two more CARAs for Best Male
Collegiate Songs for My Love on Time Out (2008), and for Ain’t Nothing Wrong on Twist (2009). Members have included Brendan James, who graduated
in 2002, and Anoop Desai, who graduated in 2008. Since the spring of 2002, the Clef Hangers
have sung each year at Commencement. They hold fall and spring concerts, sometimes
featuring special guests. The Residence Hall Association, the school’s
third-largest student-run organization, is dedicated to enhancing the experience of students
living in residence halls. This includes putting on social, educational,
and philanthropic programs for residents; recognizing outstanding residents and members;
and helping residents develop into successful leaders. The organization is run by 8 student executive
officers; 16 student governors that represent each residence hall community; and numerous
community government members. RHA is the campus organization of NACURH,
the largest student organization in the world. In 2010 the organization won the national
RHA Building Block Award, which is awarded to the school with the most improved RHA organization. The athletic teams at the university are supported
by the Marching Tar Heels, the university’s marching band. The entire 275-member volunteer band is present
at every home football game, and smaller pep bands play at all home basketball games. Each member of the band is also required to
play in at least one of five pep bands that play at athletic events of the 26 other sports.UNC
Chapel Hill has a regional theater company in residence, the Playmakers Repertory Company,
and hosts regular dance, drama, and music performances on campus. The school has an outdoor stone amphitheatre
known as Forest Theatre used for weddings and drama productions. Forest Theatre is dedicated to Professor Frederick
Koch, the founder of the Carolina Playmakers and the father American folk drama.Many fraternities
and sororities on campus belong to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), Interfraternity
Council (IFC), Greek Alliance Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). As of spring 2010, eighteen percent of undergraduates
were Greek (1146 men and 1693 women out of 17,160 total). The total number of community service hours
completed for the 2010 spring semester by fraternities and sororities was 51,819 hours
(average of 31 hours/person). UNC Chapel Hill also offers professional and
service fraternities that do not have houses but are still recognized by the school. Some of the campus honor societies include:
the Order of the Golden Fleece, the Order of the Grail-Valkyries, the Order of the Old
Well, the Order of the Bell Tower, and the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.Student
government at Carolina is composed of an executive branch headed by the student body president,
a legislative branch composed of a student-elected student congress, and a judicial branch which
includes the honor court and student supreme court. The Judicial Reform Committee created the
Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, which outlined the current Honor Code and
its means for enforcement in 1974. Currently, Carolina boasts one of the only
student-run judicial systems in the nation. All academic and most conduct violations are
handled by the student-run Honor System. Prior to that time, the Dialectic and Philanthropic
Societies along with other campus organizations supported student concerns. === Dining === Lenoir Dining Hall was completed in 1939 using
funds from the New Deal Public Works Administration, and opened for service to students when they
returned from Christmas holidays in January 1940. The building was named for General William
Lenoir, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University in 1790. Since its inception, Lenoir Dining Hall has
remained the flagship of Carolina Dining Services and the center of dining on campus. It has been renovated twice, in 1984 and 2011,
to improve seating and ease mealtime rushes.Chase Hall was originally built in 1965 to offer
South Campus dining options and honor former UNC President Harry Woodburn Chase, who served
from 1919-1930. In 2005, the building was torn down to make
way for the Student and Academic Services buildings, and was rebuilt north of the original
location as the Rams Head Center (with the inner dining hall officially titled Chase
Dining Hall). Due to students nicknaming the dining hall
Rams Head, the University officially reinstated Chase Hall as the building name in March 2017. It includes the Chase Dining Hall, Port City
Java (which replaced Starbucks in 2018), the Rams Head Market, and a conference room called
the “Blue Zone”. Chase Dining Hall seats 1,300 people and has
a capacity for serving 10,000 meals per day. It continues to offer more food service options
to the students living on south campus, and features extended hours including the 9 pm
– 12 am period referred to as “Late Night”. === Housing === On campus, the Department of Housing and Residential
Education manages thirty-two residence halls, grouped into thirteen communities. These communities range from Olde Campus Upper
Quad Community which includes Old East Residence Hall, the oldest building of the university,
to modern communities such as Manning West, completed in 2002. First year students are required to live in
one the eight “First Year Experience” residence halls. In addition to residence halls, the university
oversees an additional eight apartment complexes organized into three communities, Ram Village,
Odum Village, and Baity Hill Student Family Housing. Along with themed housing focusing on foreign
languages and substance-free living, there are also “living-learning communities” which
have been formed for specific social, gender-related, or academic needs. An example is UNITAS, sponsored by the Department
of Anthropology, where residents are assigned roommates on the basis of cultural or racial
differences rather than similarities. Three apartment complexes offer housing for
families, graduate students, and some upperclassmen. Along with the rest of campus, all residence
halls, apartments, and their surrounding grounds are smoke-free. As of 2008, 46% of all undergraduates live
in university-provided housing. == Alumni == With over 300,000 living former students,
North Carolina has one of the largest and most active alumni groups in America. Many Tar Heels have attained local, national,
and international prominence. James K. Polk served as President of the United
States for a single term, William R. King was the thirteenth Vice President of the United
States. North Carolina has produced many United States
Senators including Paul Wellstone and Thomas Lanier Clingman, along with multiple House
Representatives such as Virginia Foxx and Ike Franklin Andrews. Algenon L. Marbley and Thomas Settle have
received positions of federal judgeship. Former Secretary of War and Secretary of the
Army Kenneth Claiborne Royall and the fifth White House Press Secretary Jonathan W. Daniels
were graduates of North Carolina. Peaches Golding was appointed by HM Queen
Elizabeth II as High Sheriff of the City and County of Bristol 2010-2011, the first Black
female High Sheriff and second only black High Sheriff in over 1,000 years. James E. Webb, the 2nd Administrator of NASA
and an architect of the Apollo program during the Kennedy administration, was a Tar Heel. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the next
generation successor of Hubble scheduled to launch in 2019, was named in honor of Webb. Tar Heels have also made a mark on pop culture. Andy Griffith and John Forsythe became successful
actors. Stuart Scott, Woody Durham, and Mick Mixon
have become sportscasters. Civil War historian and writer Shelby Foote,
sportswriter Peter Gammons, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lenoir Chambers all graduated from
North Carolina. Other notable writers who have attended UNC
Chapel Hill include Thomas Wolfe, who has a memorial on campus; National Book Award
winners Walker Percy, Hayden Carruth, and Charles Frazier; Dos Passos Prize winner Russell
Banks; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Ben Fountain; Pulitzer Prize finalist
Lydia Millet; New Yorker columnist Joseph Mitchell; National Geographic writer John
Patric; Armistead Maupin; and the notable poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Bollingen
Prize winner Edgar Bowers.Television journalist Charles Kuralt, honored with three Peabody
Awards, is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, political
cartoonist Jeff MacNelly graduated from Carolina. Caleb Bradham, the inventor of the popular
soft drink Pepsi-Cola, was a member of the Philanthropic Society and the class of 1890. Lastly, actor Ken Jeong attended UNC school
of medicine until 1995, thereafter joining the small group of performers and personalities
who also possess doctorates. Tar Heels have made their mark on the basketball
court with Southern Methodist University head coach Larry Brown, title winning coach Roy
Williams, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, college player of the year
award winners George Glamack, Lennie Rosenbluth, Antawn Jamison, and Tyler Hansbrough, Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Michael Jordan, Billy Cunningham, and Robert
McAdoo, great defender Bobby Jones, and NBA All-Star Vince Carter. Other notable Tar Heels include football players
Lawrence Taylor, Julius Peppers, Harris Barton, and Dré Bly, soccer stars Mia Hamm, Ashlyn
Harris, Heather O’Reilly, Meghan Klingenberg, Whitney Engen, Allie Long, Lori Chalupny,
Crystal Dunn and Tobin Heath, baseball standouts Dustin Ackley and B.J. Surhoff, and Olympians
April Heinrichs and Vikas Gowda. Vic Seixas is a member of the International
Tennis Hall of Fame, and won 15 Majors. Many Tar Heels have become business leaders. The leaders include Jason Kilar, former CEO
of Hulu; Howard R. Levine, chairman of the board and CEO of Family Dollar; Paul Kolton,
chairman of the American Stock Exchange; Julian Robertson, founder of Tiger Management Corp.;
Bill Ruger, founder of Sturm, Ruger; Warren Grice Elliott, former president of Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad; Allen B. Morgan, Jr., founder and former CEO of Morgan Keegan & Company;
Ken Thompson, former chairman and CEO of Wachovia; Hugh McColl, former CEO of Bank of America;
Sallie Krawcheck, former CFO of Citigroup Inc. and William Johnson, the current president
and CEO of Progress Energy, John A. Allison IV, former CEO of BB&T, and Marvin Sands,
founder and CEO of Constellation Brands. == Criticism == === Title IX and Sexual Assault ===
In June 2018, the Department of Education found that the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill had violated Title IX in handling reports of sexual assault—five years after
four students and an administrator filed complaints. The Department’s Office of Civil Rights found
“inequities in the University’s hearing process, instances in which the University was not
prompt in accordance with best practices and federal guidelines, and that University faculty
and staff, including student staff, were not adequately trained.”The university was also
featured in The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino, two students
featured in the film, helped to establish the survivor advocacy organization End Rape
on Campus. === UNC tuition increase === In July 2011, the public universities in North
Carolina had to share a budget cut of $414 million, of which the Chapel Hill campus lost
more than $100 million in 2011. This followed state budget cuts that trimmed
university spending by $231 million since 2007; Provost Bruce Carney said more than
130 faculty members have left UNC since 2009., with poor staff retention.On November 17,
2011, the Board of Trustees for UNC-CH recommended a 15.6 percent increase in tuition, a historically
large increase. The budget cuts in 2011 greatly affected the
university and set this increased tuition plan in motionUNC students angrily protested
on November 17, with the slogan “Strike the Hikes”. They believe that the university should dip
into its $2.2 billion endowment, but UNC officials noted that the endowments are restricted for
specific uses, such as scholarships and other financial aid. Mary Cooper (Student Body President), the
lone student representative, was the only trustee to vote against the proposal.On February
10, 2012, the UNC Board of Governors approved tuition and fee increases of 8.8 percent for
in-state undergraduates across all 16 campuses == References == == External links == Media related to University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill at Wikimedia Commons Official website
North Carolina Athletics website

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