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Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Committed to innovation and excellence, the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence is a place where students can expand their horizons, explore their passions, and enhance their educations.

Students come to the Johnston Center to learn about undergraduate research, discover Honors study abroad opportunities, meet distinguished Carolina alumni and campus visitors, and engage in thoughtful discussions with professors and classmates.

Located in historic Graham Memorial, the Johnston Center features state-of-the-art technology that extends learning beyond the classroom and allows students to connect with academic experts around the globe. It includes classrooms, seminars rooms, and administrative offices for the following programs:

The center is open to everyone at UNC and is available to reserve for special events.

Edward Kidder GrahamGraham Memorial is named for Edward Kidder Graham, who served as president of the University of North Carolina from 1914-1918. An 1898 graduate, Graham is best remembered for his efforts to link learning in the classroom to service beyond the walls of the University, and for his encouragement to students that they develop an “intellectual way of life” open to inquiry, self-reflection, and discovery. Graham Memorial opened in 1931 as Carolina’s first student union, fulfilling Graham’s desire for a place where students might gather, in the words of Walt Whitman, to “loaf and invite the soul.”

The Johnston Center honors the late James Martin Johnston, a Chapel Hill native who attended Carolina from 1913 to 1915. Johnston was the principal founder of Johnston, Lemon & Company, a nationally recognized investment banking firm headquartered in Washington, DC.