Carolina has benefitted from a $2.3 billion capital construction program that ranks among the most ambitious in American public higher education. A $3.1 billion bond referendum for higher education, approved by North Carolina voters in 2000, provided more than $515 million for 49 construction and renovation projects on the Carolina campus.
Milestone projects include:
- The North Carolina Cancer Hospital, one of five campus hospitals that are part of the UNC Health Care System.
- The Carolina Physical Science Complex, which provides 460,000 square feet of new laboratory and classroom space.
- The renovated Memorial Hall, located in the heart of the historic campus and home to Carolina Performing Arts, which brings to Chapel Hill world-class performers in music and dance.
The Carolina First Campaign
Carolina recently completed its own $2.38 billion fund-raising campaign, complementing the appropriation it received from the statewide bond package. This successful fund-raising effort — the fifth largest capital campaign in the history of U.S. higher education — will enable Carolina to maintain its commitment to become the nation’s leading public university. With the support of more than 194,000 donors, the Carolina First Campaign raised:
- $419.7 million for faculty, including 208 new endowed professorships
- $345.3 million for students, including 577 new scholarships and 196 new fellowships
- $579.4 million for research
- $664.8 million for strategic initiatives
- $185 million for facilities