It had to be Carolina

Tar Heels share why they chose Chapel Hill.

Whether through quantitative analysis or a gut feeling, every Carolina student has their own story about why they became a Tar Heel. Here are some of their stories.

Carolina student Anna Kunz

“In my family when picking a school, it’s tradition to do a quantitative analysis with my dad. You score schools based on how well they fulfill your priorities. It was clear that Carolina was winning by a landslide. I wanted the numbers to match how I was feeling, and I was feeling really connected to Carolina. When I visited campus, I met cool people doing really cool things. Their infectious energy made me start to picture my life here.”

Anna Kunz, UNC ‘24

Environmental Studies, Dramatic Art
Davidson, NC

Carolina student Collins Gbegbeawu

“I’m hoping to attend medical school and chemistry is my favorite subject. UNC has one of the best chemistry programs in the country. Coming from a community college, the campus seemed huge, but then I came to visit, and I was received like family. Talking to students about their experiences was really helpful. They told me UNC is challenging, but professors are there to support you and you’ll have the resources to help you excel.”

Collins Gbegbeawu, UNC ’21

Greensboro, NC

Carolina student Hunter Edkins

“We came to tour, and it wasn’t a feeling for me of being ‘at home’ — it was more a feeling of wanting to explore, to learn more about the spaces around me, the people. I really got a picture of what Carolina looks like through the student perspective and really got a sense of students’ passion for this place.”

Hunter Edkins, UNC ’22

Human Development & Family Studies
Lumberton, NC

Carolina student Yolanda Simpson

“I felt Carolina would give me the best opportunity to succeed in STEM as an underrepresented minority. I am a part of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars — a program that has given me a foundation that increased my confidence in research and science, solidifying that a career in STEM is where I am meant to be. Carolina is the most supportive community I could have asked for, and that’s why I am here today.”

Yolanda Simpson, UNC ’22

Biochemistry, Neuroscience
Hillsborough, NC

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