Join OBT

Thank you for your interest in Order of the Bell Tower (OBT). Current 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. Note: The Order of the Bell Tower experience continues throughout your time at UNC so please do not underestimate the time commitment.

All current juniors, sophomores and first-year students are encouraged to apply.

Being familiar with the information below will help you prepare a better application. Please make sure you are familiar with all dates and deadlines before applying.

Ambassador Expectations

Estimated time commitment:  4-6 hours per week

Term of office: Time of selection through graduation

Members are required to attend all bi-weekly OBT meetings (Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 p.m.), all OBT leadership retreats and enrichment activities, and volunteer at OBT events. Members also must maintain membership in the Student Alumni Association.

Responsibilities of a OBT member include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting events on and off campus throughout the year with fellow OBT members
  • Giving campus tours
  • Maintaining and creating Carolina traditions for current and future years
  • Ensuring the quality of all OBT programming and services
  • Supporting the enhancement of quality for all OBT programming and services through managing marketing materials, public relations and events planning
  • Communicating with other OBT members and GAA staff to advance projects to successful completion
  • Working collectively with other OBT members to fulfill the components of OBT programming
  • Volunteering at and managing OBT events
  • Coordinating and facilitating cross-organization collaboration with other GAA student groups to successfully execute the GAA’s mission

Selection Timeline

Monday, Dec. 12: Application Opens

Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:59 p.m.: Applications Due

Sunday, Jan. 22 (5 – 7 p.m.): Applicant Social

Tuesday, Jan. 24 (6 – 8 p.m.): Interviews

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Notification of decision to continue to second round (via email)

Friday, Feb. 3 (5 – 6:30 p.m.): Applicant Social

Tuesday, Feb. 7 (6 – 8 p.m.): Interview/Applicant Social

Friday, Feb. 10: Final Notification (via email)

Saturday, Feb. 11 (all day): OBT Retreat and Training

Tuesday, Feb. 14 (6:30 – 8 p.m.): First OBT Meeting

All events are required.


You’ve read the expectations, and you’ve cleared your calendar based on the selection timeline. It’s time to apply to be a member of Order of the Bell Tower.

Applications will open in late Fall 2017. 

Points 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!

Maribeth Blonchek '17
Vice President Hometown: West Friendship, Md. | Major: Biomedical Engineering