Graduate Student Life

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Welcome to UNC-Chapel Hill!

The Graduate School offers a wide range of resources to incoming and current students to help our students excel. The graduate student experience goes far beyond the classroom; it brings with it the benefits of a first-in-class public university designed to serve our state. Building our community together, mental health and wellness, and resilience are all part of how we support you during your time on campus.

The Graduate School's student affairs leadership team is part of how UNC-Chapel Hill strives to care for our students. From academic to personal goals during your time at the University, The Graduate School offers a variety of programming designed to provide you with professional development, programming for students who come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, to engaging more broadly with our campus community and the surrounding vibrant cultural region.

Graduate students are also able to get involved from the University's hundreds of student organizations, including Graduate and Professional Student Government.

As students CHART their time at Carolina, we want them to remember a few things that will assist them in making the most out of their experience.

Incoming and Current Students

The Graduate School provides direction and guidance to incoming students on settling into life at Carolina and to current students on navigating the highs and lows of graduate student life.


The Graduate School can help connect you to funding options. You can apply for merit-based grants, awards, fellowships and assistantships. Many of these funding awards include full tuition support. You may also apply for financial aid, including need-based grants.

North Carolina Residency

North Carolina Residency for In-state Tuition Purposes

Diversity and Student Success

The Graduate School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believe in providing a rich, multicultural, and diverse learning environment for all students and faculty.


Professional Development

The Graduate School offers significant professional development opportunities to prepare students at Carolina for academic and career success.

Graduate Student Center

The Graduate Student Center (GSC) is a central meeting space for graduate and professional student groups.

Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

The Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society (FPGHS) acknowledges the outstanding contributions of graduate and professional students, as well as faculty, staff, and friends of the University.