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Life at UNC: Graduate Student Perspective Brought to you by the G raduate and P rofessional S tudent F ederation. Welcome to UNC!. UNC first chartered in 1789; opened in January 1795 Graduate education began in 1876

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Life at UNC: Graduate Student Perspective

Brought to you by the

Graduate and Professional Student Federation

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Welcome to UNC!

  • UNC first chartered in 1789; opened in January 1795

  • Graduate education began in 1876

  • 8,000 graduate students, 2,300 professional students, 17,500 undergraduates

  • 107 master’s, 74 doctorate and 4 professional degree programs currently offered

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Student Activities

  • 616 student groups on campus

  • GPSF – provide Travel Grants, University Research Day, social events, volunteer events, appropriations to departments

  • LGBTQ Center in SASB North; [email protected]; Terry Phoenix – Director

  • Diversity events through Graduate School – Alan Kendrick

  • Women’s Center – women’s issues, parenting/child care needs

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Athletic Events

  • All campus sporting events are free! (paid for by enormous student fees)

  • Most games simply require a student ID to attend

  • Some football and all basketball games require registration through on-line lottery; see

  • Spouses can attend games at a reduced rate (policy currently undergoing changes)

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Recreation Centers

  • Two rec center locations: Student Rec Center on South Rd. and Ram’s Head

    • Basketball courts, cardio and weight equipment, indoor track, climbing wall, classes

  • Fetzer Gym: basketball, fencing, wrestling, squash, racquetball, climbing wall

  • Fields and courts available around campus

  • Indoor and outdoor pools

  • Outdoor Education Division: Challenge course and expeditions throughout NC


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Intramurals/Club Sports

  • Lots of IMs offered: flag football, soccer, softball, disc golf, kickball, sports trivia, Baggo (AKA cornhole), Texas Hold’em

  • Men, women, and co-rec teams available

  • Over 50 active sports clubs

  • Attend Fall Fest on August 17 or Sport Club Membership Drive to join


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  • Chapel Hill buses are free!


    • Park and Ride permits available through UNC Department of Public Safety

    • Point 2 Point available after hours on campus

    • Emergency and disability services available

  • Triangle Transit Authority is free to students

  • Zipcar, biking are good options in Chapel Hill/Carrboro; biking/pedestrian maps available

  • About 700 parking permits for GS available on-campus through lottery (register in April/May)

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Welcome to the Triangle!

  • The “Triangle” is formed by Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh

  • Population of about 1.4 million people in the eight county area

  • The “Triad” is formed by Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point

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  • Student Family Housing (Baity Hill) – available if students are married or have a child; apartment-style and located on campus

  • Odum Village – apartment style housing on campus for unmarried graduate students

  • See GPSF website for roommate forum and off-campus housing guide

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DMV/Voter Registration

  • DMVs located in Carrboro, Hillsborough, Durham, Raleigh, Cary, etc.

  • Vehicle registration office located in Chapel Hill, Durham, etc.

  • License transfer includes written test, signs test, eye exam

  • Motor Voter – register to vote with new license

  • Campus/city libraries, departments, county board of elections by mail for voter registration (by October 10)

  • One-stop voting October 16-November 1

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Places to Eat

  • Carolina Dining Services has multiple location on campus

  • Franklin Street

  • Tarheel Takeout for Chapel Hill delivery

  • Chapel Hill Visitor’s Bureau web site


  • Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mediteranean, Mexican, Italian, Thai, BBQ, variety of options in Chapel Hill

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Places to Shop

  • Franklin Street, Streets at Southpoint Mall, University Mall

  • Farmer’s markets, Weaver Street Market (co-op), Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market (new), Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger

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  • Franklin Street

  • Music venues – Cat’s Cradle, TWC Amphitheater, Koka Booth Amphitheater

  • Movie theaters – Varsity, Timberlyne, Lumina

  • Concert series – Carolina Inn, Durham

  • Museums – Natural History, Art, Life Science

  • City sports – Parks and Recreation for details

  • Area sports teams – Bulls, Hurricanes

  • Parks – Chapel Hill parks, NC beaches

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Faith Centers

  • Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Baha’i, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, Mormon, Quaker places of worship in the Triangle

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Upcoming Events

  • Tonight’s socials – Graduate School Social, 5 pm Graduate Student Center; 9 pm at Mansion462

  • Million Meals – August 23rd, 9 am, volunteer to package meals