NCAA Schools – North Carolina Tar Heels

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University Facts

The University of North Carolina is a coeducational public research university with an approximate undergraduate enrollment of 18,000 students. UNC is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – which is a medium sized city with a population of about 57,000. UNC began enrolling students in 1795, which makes it one of the oldest public universities in the country. The school motto is “Lux libertas” which translates to “light and liberty”. The official school colors are Carolina blue and white.


The University of North Carolina is a highly regarded academic university. U.S. News and World report ranks UNC 5th among all public universities in the United States as of 2013. In 2009, two UNC students received Rhodes Scholarships – which is considered one of the top scholarships in the world. Some say that the school is able to deliver a private school education at a public school cost. The most common degrees received from the University of North Carolina are in mass communication biology, psychology, business, and political science.


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The North Carolina Tar Heels boast one of the top athletic programs in the NCAA. Their team sports nickname, Tar Heels, is the name used to describe people from the state of North Carolina. UNC has won 40 national championships in 7 different sports. The school is most famous for its basketball program, which has won 5 national championships. Their legendary head coach, Dean Smith, had ties to the creator of basketball (James Naismith). They also hold the ultimate college basketball bragging rights by being able to claim Michael Jordan as an alumnus.

Image of the Dean Smith Center, home of the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Famous North Carolina Tar Heels Alumni

  • Michael Jordan – the greatest basketball player of all time
  • Lawrence Taylor – NFL hall of fame player with the New York Giants
  • James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States
  • Ken Jeong – Actor/comedian
  • John Edwards – U.S. Representative
  • Andy Griffith – Actor, Talk Show Host
  • Chris Matthews – Journalist, Talk Show Host

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