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World-Class Facilities

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