Order of the Bell Tower

Order of the Bell Tower logo

As the oldest GAA student group, Order of the Bell Tower (OBT) serves as the official student ambassadors and tradition keepers to the University. Through our events and services, we strive to connect past, present and future Tar Heels.

OBT was chartered in the fall of 1980 under the auspices of the GAA. Recognizing the need to strengthen the relationship between Carolina students and alumni, GAA then-Assistant Director Bo Dunlap ’64 and Student Body President Bob Saunders ’81 initiated the idea and organized this group.

In recognition of its impact on the University, Chancellor Fordham chose OBT members to serve as the University’s official student ambassadors in 1982. In fall 2009, with the publication of the True Blue book, OBT was recognized as the official tradition keepers of the University.

OBT represents the quality and diversity of The University of North Carolina and its students. Through a variety of activities, OBT aims to spread the passion for the progress and destiny of our alma mater.

Care Package Program

OBT partners with On Campus Marketing LLC to provide its care packages for current students. All orders are received and processed by On Campus Marketing LLC.

Care package program information


Since its inception, Order of the Bell Tower has been fueled by outstanding student leaders. This group of committed undergraduate students serve as the official student ambassadors and tradition keepers to the University.

View current ambassadors.

Events and Activities

Bell Tower Relighting
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 | 9 p.m.

Shadow Day

OBT and the GAA are proud to support high school juniors in their college exploration process. OBT invites high school juniors to participate in a unique campus visitation and exploration program called Shadow Day.

This annual program was created in 2000 by OBT to provide high-achieving and motivated high school juniors the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Carolina student. The Shadow Day planning committee attempts to match participants with current OBT members, and the entire Shadow Day experience is presented at no cost to participants.

Shadow Day attendees will:

  • Attend classes with their Shadow Day OBT mentor
  • Eat lunch on campus with fellow Shadow Day attendees and OBT mentors
  • Visit a residence hall
  • Attend information sessions (admissions, scholarships/student aid and student life, to name a few)
  • Participate in and fulfill some of Carolina’s oldest traditions

There also will be a separate program track for parents who elect to attend.

Join OBT

How do I become an ambassador?

Thank you for showing interest in Order of the Bell Tower (OBT), UNC’s official student ambassadors and tradition keepers. We are always looking for current first years, sophomores and juniors to join OBT.

Current OBT members will attest to the fact that serving the University through OBT is a very rewarding experience and allows for a more hands-on appreciation of Carolina pride and tradition.

Applications available December 12 and due on January 26. Join OBT.

Point of Contact

Kylie Apple
Coordinator of Student Enrichment and Alumni Engagement
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Kylie joined the GAA staff in 2016 after moving from Atlanta. She enjoys cooking, shopping, watching sports and exploring new restaurants with her husband. Go Heels!

Aliya Tucker '18
President Hometown: Charlotte | Major: Health Policy Management