Congratulations! You've been admitted to SILS and have taken the first step toward your future. Deciding where to go for graduate school can be a big decision. So we hope you will take the time and come visit us here at SILS at UNC at Chapel Hill. You can contact the SILS main office at 919-962-8366 to schedule your visit. Below are some resources that are available to help you plan your visit to Chapel Hill.
Recently Admitted Student Campus Visit Resources:
Many recently admitted students visit SILS between the months of January through March, since this is when the majority of Fall admissions decisions are released by SILS, but the school welcomes visitors year round. We suggest you avoid coming during the first two weeks of school, Fall or Spring Break, University holidays, during final exams or Commencement as these times tend to be very busy for both students, faculty and staff. Please pay attention to the academic calendar which is available on the Registrar's Office website under Academic Calendars.
Please contact the SILS Office at 919-962-8366 to schedule your visit. We welcome visitors Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Please provide us with the day you wish to visit and times that work best with your schedule that day. We will try to accommodate you as best we can. We can usually arrange that you meet with a member of our Student Services Staff who can gladly answer any questions you might have and show you around Manning Hall. Additional requests for visitors we are able to accommodate:
- Attending a class
- Meeting with a faculty member
- Lunch or coffee with a current student
- Sign up for a Campus Tour led by current UNC graduate students! A tour of campus is a great way to learn about the UNC campus and it's history.
The University and the Town of Chapel Hill own lots that are within walking distance of campus and several are close to Manning Hall including the Morehead Planetarium Lot, Rams Head Lot, and the Rosemary Street Parking Deck.
There are many hotels around town all with varying rates for rooms. Several have free shuttles that take visitors within the Chapel Hill town limits or are on Chapel Hill Transit bus routes that go to campus. Here are few nearby suggestions:
Meadowmont Courtyard by Marriott (Hwy 54)
Aloft by W Hotels (Hwy 54)
Chapel Hill University Inn (Hwy 15-501)
Residence Inn Chapel Hill by Marriott ( Hwy 15-501)
Hampton Inn & Suites (Main Street, Carrboro)
Sheraton-Chapel Hill (Hwy 15-501)
The Carolina Inn (Pittsboro Street)
The Franklin Hotel (Franklin Street, downtown Chapel Hill)
The Siena Hotel (Franklin Street @ intersection of Estes Drive)
The Triangle area has great public transportation that can get you practically anywhere you want to go.
Chapel Hill Transit : FREE transportation throughout the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro
Triangle Transit Authority : Provides transportation between Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and serves Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Raleigh Durham International Airport and is reasonably priced.
Raleigh-Durham Internation Airport is approximately 20 minutes from Chapel Hill. RDU is served by many of the major airlines including Air Canda, AirTran American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, United, and US Airways. Many flights from RDU connect to other major US cities.
Want to know the weather before you come? Or how about the latest headlines? Here are some resources to help keep you in the know.
News and Observer (Raleigh)
The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau provides information about Chapel Hill and the surrounding county. The visitors bureau is a great resource for finding out about local attractions, lodging, festivals, must-sees, and more.