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Gillings School Welcome and Orientation Events

Welcome! We're so happy you're here.

Students cross the street.

Gillings Virtual Schoolwide Welcome and Orientation Webinars

Join us for a welcome from Dean Rimer Welcome and an introduction to school resources and support.

Thursday, August 5 at noon (12 p.m.) - Welcome to Gillings from School Leadership

Friday, August 6 at noon (12 p.m.) - Resources and Student Support

Gillings Inclusive Excellence Trainings and Debrief Discussions

Gillings Inclusive Excellence Recorded Sessions will be posted daily. Students will also register for one virtual synchronous discussion session to attend on Friday, August 13.

Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13

Students in front of the Gillings School
Michael Hooker Research Center

Virtual Synchronous Sessions with Academic Coordinators

Select your academic coordinator below to view their agenda.

Thursday, August 5 - Friday, August 13

University International Graduate Student Orientation (Hosted by UNC ISSS)

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. This session is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students and will cover crucial immigration information and campus resources for new international students. (Note that International Student Orientation is separate from other orientation sessions you may be required to attend.) Please use the registration link below to register. You will need to register using your UNC email account.

Friday, August 13, 2-4 p.m. (Zoom)

Armfield Atrium

Program Overviews and In-person/Virtual Concentration and Department Sessions

Registrants will automatically receive program-specific details.

Monday, August 16 and Tuesday August 17

Gillings School International Students Meet and Greet

This welcome event brings together incoming and current international students to learn about new information and resources. A light breakast will be served.

Tuesday, August 24, from 8-9:30 a.m.
Michael Hooker Research Center Atrium

Globe. Picture from Unsplash by Krzysztof Hepner
Pictured is the Old Well

UNC Graduate School Orientation for all Graduate Students

Online modules will feature videos, resources, PowerPoint presentations and more. The orientation website will also feature live and recorded panel discussions with faculty and graduate students.

Available online on August 12

(Faculty panel from noon until 1 p.m.; Student panel from 2 until 3 p.m.). 

UNC Graduate School In-Person Orientation Lunch

Meet and greet fellow graduate and professional students, staff from The Graduate School, members of the Graduate and Professional Student Government, and Orientation Ambassadors. Registration closes August 2.

August 17
Courtyard at Davie Hall

Pictured is the UNC belltower
Students pose together in the Atrium.

Gillings Building Community Events

August 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27

Student Organizations and Activities Fair

Every year, the Gillings School of Global Public Health hosts a Student Organizations and Activities Fair for UNC offices and organizations from around campus to meet Gillings students and inform them about available services and activities they will be able to participate in throughout the school year.

September 1, 1-3 p.m.

The Gillings School Student Government Association poses for a shot.
Students study in a conference room.

Health Affairs Book in Common Session(s)

Read the book independently over the summer and come together in September to discuss concepts of growth mindset as an interprofessional group. View the flyer for more details.

Building Community: Welcome Mixer for Students of Color

Are you an incoming student of color to the Gillings School of Global Public Health? We want to welcome you and facilitate community building among affinity groups during this mixer as a part of the Gillings School's orientation schedule. During this mixer, you will get to engage with student leaders from the Minority Student Caucus, other Gillings students, staff and faculty members and administrators of color -- we are all committed to making sure you feel connected and supported.

More Information Coming Soon!

If you have questions about this event, please contact Trinnette Cooper, Coordinator, Diversity Programs and Recruitment at

MSPH students attend a welcome event.
A recent cohort of MHA students gather for a picture.

Carolina Family Weekend

Carolina Family Weekend is full of tradition and excitement. It is a wonderful time for families to reconnect with their student(s), meet other Carolina families, and connect with faculty and staff. There are exciting programs and events to explore and enjoy all within the vibrant, Carolina community.

Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 3

University Day

University Day is an occasion to remember the University’s past and celebrate its future. The date, October 12, marks the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the institution’s first building and the oldest state university building in the nation.

Tuesday, October 12

Pictured is the Rosenau Hall cupola.