First Year Students

The Residence Hall Association welcomes you to Carolina! 

We are excited that you have made the right choice to live on-campus this year.

To learn more about what you should bring to UNC, click here! For tips for success as a First Year Student, check out our list!

We encourage First Year Students to get involved on campus in different student organizations, student government, musical groups, club and intermural sports, etc., as soon as possible.

Within RHA, First Year Students are welcome to run for Governor of their community in the Fall or apply to be a member of community government. No previous RHA or leadership experience is required and getting involved with RHA is a great way to meet people in your residence hall.

However, in order to prepare you for your first year at UNC, we have provided you with some helpful resources. Below is a list of important university websites and resources that every Tar Heel should know in order to be successful.


Academic Advising
The Learning Center
Dean’s List
First-Year Seminars
Honor Code
Honors Program
Professors and TAs
UNC Libraries
Undergraduate Bulletin


Getting Involved

Fall Fest
First-Year Focus Council
General Alumni Association (GAA)
Greek Life
Organizations Directory
Student Government


Hot Spots

Carolina Student Activities Board (CUAB)
Daily Tar Heel (DTH) 
Frank Porter Graham Union
Student Stores


Transportation and Safety

Campus Map
Chapel Hill Transit
Next Bus
Triangle Transit



Information Technology Services (ITS)


University Services

Athletic Department
Campus Heath
Campus Recreation
Department of Housing and Residential Education (DHRE)
Department of Public Safety
Dining Services

We hope that these resources will make your time at Carolina unforgettable!

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