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It’s a Tradition

And, we know you’ll make the most of your alumni experience when you live it up with GAA member perks. Alumni activities, communications and services are not a line item in the University budget but are funded by GAA member dues. Every single member makes a difference.

Top Five Reasons to Join

When you’re a GAA member, there’s perks and plenty of fun to be had. But, it’s more than just a membership. Five things you may not know:

  1. We’re a self-supporting, nonprofit organization serving alumni, students, parents and friends. Member dues directly support alumni events – like Homecoming and reunions.
  2. When you’re looking for objective reporting on issues affecting the University, the Carolina Alumni Review is a trusted resource. Membership includes a print and digital subscription.
  3. Whether you want to make a career change or just need career advice, our Alumni Career Services is here to help you with career coaching, webinars and the Tar Heel Advising Network.
  4. We help bring the best to Carolina through scholarships. Each year, local Carolina Clubs raise money from club activities to support scholarships for UNC students from their communities.
  5. Our Tar Heel Network ensures legislators advocate for funding competitive faculty salaries and state-of-the-art facilities. These priorities keep Carolina top ranked in public higher education, enhancing the value of your diploma.

Membership Types

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.

Join Today

Membership in the General Alumni Association is open to all graduates, former students, current students, parents and friends.

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
919-843-0151
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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
919-962-3577
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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!