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Picture of Old Well with South Building in backgroundIn 1793, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded as a bold experiment — an untested idea, built on the principles of lux, libertas – light and liberty.

For 225 years, Tar Heels have paved the way to a better world for generations to come. We walk the unpaved road with curiosity, courage and compassion. We build a better future one step at a time. And we’re just getting started.

This year we celebrate our past and embrace our future in service of a better state, a better nation and a better world.

Visit the University Day page for a complete schedule of events and check out the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

During its history, the University has amassed a seemingly never-ending number of compelling, extraordinary stories about students, alumni and faculty members. Check out 225 stories about Carolina.


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