What do basketball superstar Michael Jordan and the Revolutionary Era have in common? Not much, one might think, unless you consider that they both have ties to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the United States’ very first universities (it was chartered in 1789!) Offering more than 70 bachelor’s programs, 100 master’s programs, and 60 doctoral degrees, UNC attracts more than 28,000 students from across North Carolina, across the country, and around the world. Its reputation for combining affordable price with high-quality education has garnered it the designation of “public Ivy.” The UNC Tar Heels are known for passionately immersing themselves in culture (e.g., via the Ackland Art Museum and PlayMakers Repertory Company), research (having recently discovered a way to transport chemotherapy drugs that reduces the needed dose by 50 times), and public service (MBA students coordinated a bike-building, team-based exercise with local elementary-level schoolchildren in 2014.) And if that isn’t enough to make it stand out, consider UNC’s selective admittance rate of less than 30%; its social activism, centered around its 150-year-old Campus Y building; and ibiblio.org, an impressively vast digital “collection of collections” developed by the computer science department here in 1992. A public university like no other, UNC aims to embody the power of the human mind and spirit.