History and Traditions

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What’s a Tar Heel

A black female student holding a Tar Heel-shaped foam finger cheers on the U.N.C. football team.

One of the top questions about Carolina and its history is: What’s a Tar Heel?  in North Carolina and became associated with the University’s varsity athletics teams.

Other questions and information about the University that center on its many historic sites and landmarks include:

Carolina Traditions

股票亏了百分之30还能解套吗Many legends and good luck omens have become popular lore at Carolina. Two of the most famous ones revolve around a poplar tree and a well. Read more on the

University Day

 is an occasion to remember the University’s past and celebrate its future. The date, October 12, marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the institution’s first building and the oldest state university building in the nation. Read more at the University Day site.

Bell Tower Climb

The UNC General Alumni Association invites folks to climb the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower several times each year, including and during each spring.