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Carolina Firsts

At UNC-Chapel Hill, we proudly call first-generation college students “Carolina Firsts.” Making up more than 20% of our undergraduate population, Carolina Firsts are integral to our campus culture, contributing greatly to our diversity and intellectual life.

Engage with Students and Faculty

Excel Inside and Outside the Classroom


We are First Forward!

NASPA – the national organization for student affairs professionals in higher education – recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill as a national leader for first-generation college student success innovation.


RESOURCES FOR THOSE SUPPORTING THE CAROLINA FIRSTS EXPERIENCE