It’s been several years since I had to pack up and head back to school for the fall semester at UNC. There was always a little sadness that summer was coming to an end, but I’ll admit that the excitement of coming back to Chapel Hill easily outweighed that emotion. I really felt as if I was coming home. So welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Class of 2021. Have an awesome year.
Check out some helpful resources around town. During move-in weekend, be on the lookout for the Hometown Ambassadors welcoming new and returning students and families to Chapel Hill for the fall semester. Locals wearing Carolina Blue “information aprons” with pockets full of guides, maps, bus information and more are stationed along Franklin Street on Aug 18, 3 pm - 5 pm and Aug 19 from 1 pm - 5 pm to answer your questions.
Take advantage of all the Week of Welcome (WOW) and enjoy activities both on and off campus. The annual THE FEEL OF FRANKLIN STREET during the Week of Welcome is Aug 18 to Aug 27. Here is a list of participating restaurants and shops. Students, just show your UNC one card that week and receive some amazing special discounts.
If you are new to Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named by Travel +Leisure as one of the top 20 most beautiful campuses in America, so you will definitely enjoy your surroundings. Get to know the town you will call home as well. From shopping and amazing restaurants, to museums, gardens, great parks and walking trails, try to get out an explore every chance you can get. Drop by the Visitors Center at 501 West Franklin Street for some suggestions.
So students and parents welcome to Chapel Hill or welcome back. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, a grad student or a professional, we are glad you are here. We are glad you’re HOME!
Photos - Move in Day by Dan Sears, UNC-Chapel Hill and Hometown Ambassadors by Alicia Stemper