University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina opened its doors in 1795, becoming the first state university in the United States. Today, it is widely acclaimed as one of the best. Several national publications recently published rankings that listed Carolina prominently in categories ranging from academic quality to affordability to diversity to engagement to international presence. Now in its third century, Carolina offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in a wide variety of academic areas: business, dentistry, education, public administration, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. Offerings include 71 bachelor’s, 107 master’s, 74 doctorate, and four professional degree programs. Through its teaching, research and public service, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an educational and economic beacon for the people of North Carolina and beyond.

Students and Faculty
In fall 2007, Carolina enrolled more than 27,700 students from all 100 North Carolina counties, the other 49 states, and more than 100 other countries. Eighty-two percent of Carolina's undergraduates come from North Carolina. Students learn from a 3,200-member faculty. Many faculty members hold or have held major posts in virtually every national scholarly or professional organization and have earned election to the most prestigious academic academies and organizations.

Research and Libraries
The Carolina academic community benefits from a library with more than 5.7 million volumes and more than 53,000 serial subscriptions perennially ranks among the best research libraries in North America as judged by the Association of Research Libraries. The most recent association listings place Carolina 17th among 113 research libraries in North America. UNC’s Southern Historical Collection, with more than 20 million unique items, is the largest collection anywhere of materials that document the region. The North Carolina Collection, with more than a quarter-million printed items and a half-million photographs, is the largest collection of its kind devoted to documenting a single state. In a typical week during the academic year, people make nearly 75,000 visits to Carolina's libraries to research, reflect, learn and create.

The 729-acre central campus includes the two oldest state university buildings, Old East and Person Hall. Old East and Playmakers Theatre, an 1852 Greek-revival building, are National Historic Landmarks. The American Society of Landscape Architects selected the Carolina campus as one of the most beautifully landscaped spots in the country. That listing is among the praise affirming the charm of mighty oaks, majestic quadrangles, brick sidewalks and other landscaping synonymous with UNC.

The University not only uses the nickname "Tar Heels," but the entire state does as well. One version of the nickname’s origin has the name first being applied to North Carolinians during the Civil War. One record talks of a battle in Virginia, where their supporting column retreated, but North Carolina troops fought alone. The victorious troops were asked in a condescending tone by some Virginians, who had retreated, "Any more tar down in the Old North State, boys?" The response came quickly: "No, not a bit; old Jeff’s bought it all up." The Virginians asked: "Is that so? What is he going to do with it?" The reply: "He is going to put it on you’ns heels to make you stick better in the next fight."

As symbols of unity among Carolina students, alumni, and fans, the school colors of light blue and white were first used around 1800 to distinguish between members of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Literary Societies. Throughout the nineteenth century, students were required to be members of either the Di or the Phi. The Di's color was light blue, and the Phi's was white.

At University commencements, balls, and other social events, the student officials, managers, and marshals wore the color of their society, blue or white. Because the Chief Marshal or Chief Ball Manager represented the whole student body, not just his society, he wore both colors.

When the University fielded its first intercollegiate athletic teams in 1888, the question of what colors to wear had already been answered. Light blue and white had come to symbolize membership in the University, not in a single society.
Light blue and white have been considered the University's colors for more than a century. With the tradition so firmly established, a popular bumper sticker states that God must be a Tar Heel because he made the sky Carolina Blue!

Non-discrimination Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It is the policy of this university not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability status, veteran status, or sexual orientation with regard to its students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment. Federal law also prohibits such discrimination. Any complaints alleging failure of this institution to follow this policy should be brought to the attention of the assistant to the chancellor at 919.962.1219.

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