Once a Bear, Always a Bear
When you're ready to kick-start your career. Ready for an opportunity to connect and celebrate Bear Pride. Ready to contribute to current student success. Then we're here, ready for where ever your UNC relationship takes you next. The UNC Alumni Association is an inclusive, non-dues based alumni program focused on connecting UNC Bears of all generations together, with one another and their university. Our global network of Bears is more than 130,000 strong and growing.
Alumni Association events are a great way to meet fellow Bears, reconnect with UNC and celebrate your Bear Pride.
Actively build the Bear Network when you connect with a group or volunteer to support a campus cause.
Become one of the many alumni who choose to give back in support of a university scholarship.
Make Your Mark
Give back to the priority that matters most to you
Bears of all generations love their university. Join us in making a mark on the area of campus investment that matters most to you! Every dollar and donor can make a difference.
For students and families, scholarships can provide the financial relief they need for college to become a reality, not just a dream.
The new Campus Commons will house an integrated student support hub designed to help students set a clear path to graduation and eliminate barriers to success.
Our beloved faculty are key to the transformative educational experience at UNC. Show your support for the faculty who supported you.
Direct your gift to the campus program - academic or student - that helped shape your UNC education and experience.
Support for student and faculty research helps prepare students for their future careers by giving them experience and access that is uncommon at other universities.
The Campaign for UNC is a campaign to raise support for university priorities and the campus cause that matters most to you. You can direct your gift to any fund that you choose or support a general fund like the UNC Scholarship or Alumni Association Scholarship funds.
Don't let the down time of summer stop you from planning your next career move. Access summertime career resources and programs available through your Bear Network. The offices of alumni relations and career services are here to help you succeed this summer!
From Our Alumni
"One goal that stands out for me is student scholarships and in particular scholarships for first generation college students and other underserved populations. UNC is near and dear to my heart for many reasons, not least of which is that while growing up on a farm in central Nebraska it was beyond my wildest imagination that some day I would attend and graduate from this exceptional institution with an advanced degree."
Dr. Robert L. Ripp '80
"I want students to know that I was in their shoes one time, trying to figure out who you are from the unknown...It was people like Dr. Fitzpatrick...people who understood what the future could look like. UNC and the professors there really helped shape that for me and made sure I was pointed in the right direction."
LTC Isaac Martinez '96
"Generosity is a very real thing. Our alumni have a lot of power. As alumni, if enough of us come together and give, even just a little bit, that really starts to support program building. It's amazing what can happen when we come together."
Patricia Jolly '99
"UNC has changed a lot since 1980 - it's stunning, it really is. UNC has been able to keep the old, rich tradition on the outside and become so thoroughly modern on the inside."
Lisa Bogdanski '80
UNC Magazine Spring/Summer 2017
Cover Story: The Teacher Crisis in Rural Colorado
Cash-strapped small districts that serve 130,000 students struggle to attract and retain educators as fewer students enroll to pursue the profession.