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Graduate School Orientation

This welcome event brings together entering students from a wide range of disciplines to connect with each other and to hear current graduate perspectives on key topics like, communities of support, health and wellness, academic success and professional development, resilience and resources.

Thursday, August 15
12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Carolina Club and the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium

Gillings Welcome: Building Community

This cookout connects Gillings School students from various groups (e.g., students of color, international students, transfer students LGBTQ students, students with families or students who have been out of school for more than 10 years) to each other in order to introduce new connections and build community! Attendees will also be welcomed by Gillings School faculty, staff and others from the School’s leadership team.

Thursday, August 15
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center; Courtyard

Gillings Welcome and Orientation for New Residential MPH Students

At orientation you will receive information on academic advising and faculty mentoring, course registration, MPH Core courses, practicum requirements, UNC policies, career and global resources, your concentration and your culminating experience. Be sure to join us for a great fun filled start to your MPH! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Friday, August 16
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

OISSS International Graduate Student Orientation

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. This program is specially designed to assist new and transfer international students to succeed at UNC-CH and is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students.

Friday, August 16
2 - 6 p.m.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

New Student Convocation

Put on your Carolina Blue and attend this great induction ceremony for transfer students and first-year students of the Class of 2023. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Sponsored by New Student & Family Programs

Sunday, August 18
7 - 8 p.m.
Carmichael Arena

UNC FallFest

Between the entertainment, food, and free swag, Carolina Union's annual FallFest celebration provides a fun welcome to campus for all. New and returning Tar Heels have the opportunity to learn about student organizations, academic departments, and other campus opportunities to enhance their Carolina experience.

Sunday, August 18
8 - 10 p.m.
Hooker Fields

Gillings Welcome and Orientation: New BSPH, PhD and other Master's Students (non-MPH)

Join us for orientation to kickstart your new academic life and career at the Gillings school – with faculty, staff, and students! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Monday, August 19
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

Registration is not required.

Welcome Back Social

Join us for this event, sponsored by the Dean’s Office, to kick off an exciting new school year! Enjoy delicious, healthy food, reconnect with classmates, friends and colleagues, and welcome new faces.

Monday August 26
3 - 4 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

Gillings International Student Welcome Week

These welcome events bring together incoming and current international students to learn about new information and resources. Please join us for a light breakfast while making connections with other students!

August 26-29

The week will conclude with a Meet in Greet for all international students on Thursday, August 29 in the Armfield Atrium. Join us!

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, September 20 - Sunday, September 22

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.

Monday September 23
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

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.

Saturday, October 12
11 a.m.
Memorial Hall

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