Why Join

Alumni activities, communications and services are not a line item in the University budget but are funded by GAA member dues. If you think this mission of serving our University and keeping alumni informed and involved is worth supporting, membership is for you.

As a GAA life member, your dues support our University and preserve its great traditions — for your lifetime and beyond.  Unlike annual dues, life member dues go into a permanent endowment. The life member dues you pay today will serve and strengthen your GAA and future generations of Tar Heels. Leave a lasting Carolina legacy by becoming a life member today and never pay dues again.

If you’d like to support the Association year after year but need a membership that fits into your yearly personal budget, become an annual member.  You also have the option to sign up for a free and flexible automatic renewal program, so you’ll never have to worry about your membership lapsing.  We’ll remind you each year before we charge your card, but you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your annual commitment will be set up on a recurring basis.

If you are a Carolina student who wants to enhance your undergraduate experience with programs designed to provide leadership training, social and professional opportunities to interact with Carolina’s alumni family, begin your relationship with the Alumni Association as a student member.

Top 10 Reasons to Become a GAA Member

1. Carolina Alumni Review

It’s critical to the University’s success that alumni stay well-informed about Carolina’s achievements and challenges. The GAA’s award-winning Carolina Alumni Review brings members comprehensive Carolina coverage every other month.

2. Student Engagement

From day one, the GAA nurtures our newest Tar Heels. The GAA co-sponsors a variety of campus-wide events, supports student-led organizations and offers a comprehensive student membership program.

3. Carolina Clubs

At nearly 1,000 events in over 90 locations, Carolina alumni and friends enjoy enrichment events with UNC faculty, socialize, network, cheer on the Heels and provide service to their communities. Carolina Clubs are supported by GAA member dues and are led by local volunteers.

4. Recruitment

To remain among the nation’s best public universities, it’s vital that Carolina attracts the best and brightest young minds. The GAA does its part by sponsoring alumni admission volunteers and Shadow Days for high school juniors.

5. Alumni Career Services

The GAA provides services to assist in career management and career change. A complimentary career coaching session is available to members each year to help alumni craft resumes that get results, negotiate that much-deserved raise or promotion, and build effective networks.

6. Scholarships

The Association supports several scholarship programs, including GAA, Dibbert, Light on the Hill, Peppers, local Carolina Club and Saunders. These programs, now valued at $1 million, help Carolina attract the best and brightest students.


Keeping alumni connected to Carolina and to their classmates is the GAA’s mission. GAA members have 24/7 access to an array of online services including the Online Alumni Directory, Class Notes with photos and the Alumni Advisor Network.

8. Advocacy

Competitive faculty salaries and state-of-the-art facilities are critical for the University to retain its world-class ranking and to preserve the value of a Carolina diploma. The GAA-sponsored Tar Heel Network supports the University’s goals and priorities through advocacy with legislators.

9. Connections

GAA member dues support reunions, pregame events, local Carolina Clubs, lifelong learning programs and other opportunities for alumni to stay connected to campus, classmates and UNC’s world-class faculty.

10. Representation

Carolina’s largest constituency is its alumni base of more than 300,000. General Alumni Association leaders serve as the voice of the alumni and represent alumni concerns and priorities to the University administration.

Join Today

Membership in the General Alumni Association is open to all graduates, former students, current students, parents and friends. Every member is entitled to all membership privileges and benefits of the Association.

Points of Contact

If you have any questions about membership in the GAA, call us at (800) 962-0742 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST).

Stephanie Miller '83
Director of Membership Membership Communications and Campaigns
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As director of membership, Stephanie exercises both sides of her brain crunching numbers and writing compelling copy. Outside of work, she enjoys the peaceful solitude that camping and hiking bring, but her real joy in life comes from her beloved golden retrievers and husband Brad.

Diana Koonce '02
Senior Coordinator of Membership Administration Life Membership Processing
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Diana has been working with the membership team since 2008. She adores fabulous footwear and has amassed a large collection of shoes. Diana’s fashion mantra is that clothing trends may come and go, but a fantastic shoe can last forever.

Katie Thore '15
Coordinator of Membership Services Annual Membership Processing
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Katie graduated from UNC in 2015, and we call her lucky as her Carolina memories are so very fresh. Katie enjoys the adventurous side of life including traveling and hiking but she likes to kick back too and watch a documentary or work on that next puzzle (or both at the same time). You’ll find her cheering on our beloved Tar Heels any chance she gets. Rah, rah, Carolina!