NCCU Memorial for Chancellor Deborah Saunders-White

Fixed Tuition Program

Thanks to bold legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, in-state undergraduates at all of the state’s public universities will have a stable tuition rate locked in for four years — eight consecutive semesters without a tuition increase, once a student enrolls, as long as they stay enrolled.

The North Carolina Arboretum’s connection to UNC might not be apparent to most citizens of the Old North State, but it is a vital component of our education, outreach, and economic development efforts. For 30 years, as an affiliate of the UNC system, the Arboretum has successfully cultivated connections between people and plants.

President Spellings visits UNC-TV

When I launched a tour of all 17 UNC campuses a few months ago, I had three big questions for everyone I met: what makes you proud, what are the biggest challenges you face, and how can we strengthen the work of the UNC system?

Shannon Vickery interviews President Spellings at UNC-TV

UNC-TV is much more than the place where you can get your Downton Abbey fix or nurture young learners with transmissions of Sesame Street. The station provides meaningful, award-winning broadcasting to all 100 counties in the state with four channels in high definition. They reach almost every living room in North Carolina, and that’s a powerful achievement.

President Spellings conducts an orchestra class during her visit to NCSSM

North Carolina is known for educational firsts, so it comes as no surprise that we’re home to the country’s first public, residential high school for gifted science and math students. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics was a head-turning idea when it launched in 1980, and it has since become a model for more than a dozen other schools around the world.

A public arts conservatory is a marvelous testament to ambition, both for students and for the state as a whole. The UNC School of the Arts is unlike any other institution in the country, offering some of the finest and most creative students across North Carolina the chance to achieve true excellence in some very challenging fields. From ballet to film to costume design to digital animation, UNCSA students are working tirelessly to honor age-old arts and give rise to new ones. The place is a genuine wonder.

President Spellings met with students and faculty during her visit to UNCW

The tour of UNC Wilmington actually marks the second time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting “UNC by the Sea,” as one campus trustee called it. Chancellor Zito Sartarelli’s installation in March gave me a glimpse of the pride and beauty of this place, not to mention a chance to see Zito’s energy and drive up close. He’s the right man for the job, a leader with ambition and spirit of service for a campus that is growing and thriving.


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