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5 College Senior

Athletics: Best basketball team in the world

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are really involved in athletic events. When UNC beat Duke, everyone in my dorm building got out and started cheering at the top of their lungs.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The varsity sports are great and well attended by students and fans!

5 College Senior

Athletics: Football games and basketball games will make you bleed Carolina blue, and it's a great feeling to grab your fellow Tarheels and sing "Hark the Sound" after a win. Also, the correct spelling is "Dook."

4 College Junior

Athletics: Awesome choices and places to participate and great varsity teams to enjoy as well!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 553rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Hometown
Austin, Texas
Major
Biology
Grad Year
2013
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One of the finest things about Carolina is its athletics department.  UNC is home to the best of the NCAA teams in almost every division, and the pride that comes with Tar Heel Nation is insurmountable. UNC's celebrated basketball program has won five NCAA championships and recruits the best players every year, so much that even the President picks the Tar Heels for his bracket. The football, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse programs are just a few of the most competitive and successful sports on campus.

For those that might not be quite at the varsity level, UNC offers a wide array of club and intramural sport opportunities ranging from rugby to ultimate Frisbee. Students must try out to be chosen for a club team, but anyone can play intramural sports. Both options offer competitions on and off campus and garner strong support from the students. Overall, UNC has one of the nation's top programs for athletics and a huge student following and fan base.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Carolina blue and white
School Nickname
Rams
Men Playing Varsity Sports
422 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
351 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 98
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 26
Cross Country/Track: 43
Other Sports: 282
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 29%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 69%
Other Sports: 79%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball (men's and women's)
  • Ice hockey
  • Jiu-jitsu
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Marathon
  • Modernextension
  • Monkey Kung Fu
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Track and field/cross country
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Underwater hockey
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Street hockey
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (court, sand)
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Anderson Softball Stadium
  • Boshamer Stadium
  • Carmichael Arena
  • The Carolina Basketball Musuem
  • Chapman Golf Center
  • Cone-Kenfield Tennis Stadium
  • Dean E. Smith Center
  • Eddie Smith Fieldhouse
  • Fetzer Field
  • Fetzer Gymnasium
  • Finley Golf Course
  • Francis E. Henry Stadium
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Koury Natatorium
  • McCaskill Soccer Center
  • Rams Head Recreation Center
  • Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • UNC Boathouse at University Lake
  • Woollen Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, soccer, baseball, club sports, and most intramural sports (especially ultimate Frisbee)
Most Overlooked Teams
Field hockey, swimming, wrestling
School Spirit
All Tarheels definitely take pride in their school. School spirit on campus is infectious, with people wearing Carolina Blue on game days and getting in groups to watch the games. The atmosphere is different when there is a big loss or a big win. Carolina students enjoy celebrating big wins by rushing Franklin Street, jumping over fires, and having raging parties. This is definitely a rah-rah type of school.
Getting Tickets
Getting into most sporting events is relatively easy. All you need is your One Card (student ID), and you will be granted admission. Some sports with a huge fan base, such as basketball, work on a lottery system in which you enter online for the chance to win tickets. A few days before the game, those who got tickets are notified and sent an electronic copy, which must be brought to the game. For those who don't fare well in the lottery, there is a standby line on game day that students are welcome to stand in in hopes of getting a seat.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Arboretum, McCorkle Place (Upper Quad), Botanical Gardens, and Battle Park
Did You Know?
UNC has won 40 NCAA championships to date, 20 of which came from women's soccer!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 36% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 62% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 119 responses

  • 37% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 119 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 62% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 20% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

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