College Towns: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Learn more about Chapel Hill, North Carolina – home of the University of Texas.

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The Town: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Home to about 54,000 residents, Chapel Hill, N.C., is part of “The Triangle” with Raleigh and Durham. Each city boasts its own establishment of higher learning: the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Duke University in Durham. The area is also the headquarters for numerous tech companies, leading some to call it the “Research Triangle.”

The School: University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is built around two quads: Polk Place and McCorkle Place. A premier institution for academics and athletics, it is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the United States. More Rhodes Scholars have come from UNC during the past 25 years than any other public university.

One of the most dominant programs in any sport, the UNC women’s soccer team has won an astounding 21 national championships.

One of the most dominant programs in any sport, the UNC women’s soccer team has won an astounding 21 national championships. First and foremost, however, UNC is a basketball school. The Tar Heels recently won men’s championships in 2005 and 2009, and have produced NBA legends such as Michael Jordan.

What to Do

Named after Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Street is the hub social life on campus. You’ll find restaurants, museums, coffee shops, bars and locally owned shops.

Tickets can be hard to come by, but try to make it to a UNC basketball game, men’s or women’s. The Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, nicknamed the “Dean Dome” for former men’s coach Dean Smith, is largely regarded to be one of the best atmospheres for college athletics.

October 12 is University Day, where every year since 1877 the school has celebrated the history and traditions of Chapel Hill. Past guest speakers for University Day have included former Presidents Kennedy and Clinton.

Where to Eat and Drink

For the best early morning meal in Chapel Hill, head to Ye Olde Waffle Shop. They offer far more than just waffles, however, as you’ll be treated to pancakes, bacon, biscuits and all things breakfast.

At night, you can stop in and out of the many bars on Franklin Street, including Player’s and Woody’s.

Did You Know?

Chartered in 1789 (the same year George Washington was sworn in as president), the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the oldest public university in the United States.

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