Student Alumni Association

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Student Alumni Association (SAA) membership is available to all current UNC undergraduate students. Membership provides valuable benefits, services and opportunities for students to interact with UNC alumni – all while having a whole lot of fun. SAA membership (a student membership in the GAA) is a precursor to a future UNC General Alumni Association membership.

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Member Card Information

Each SAA member receives an awesome T-shirt, personalized membership/discount card and an event guide that details all of your membership benefits.

Starting in August 2018, your personalized membership card will be available on the UNC Alumni app (it’s for students, too) when you search “UNC Alumni” on the App Store or on Google Play. You will need this card to attend events and take advantage of discounts. 


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Members receive valuable discounts from the several local businesses. You can access these valuable money-saving discounts by showing your SAA membership card.  Full list of discounts.

Board of Directors

The Student Alumni Association Board of Directors (SAA-BOD) is a group of undergraduate students who plan and implement the programs and services of the UNC Student Alumni Association (SAA). SAA-BOD works to fulfill the mission of the GAA and the SAA to enrich and enhance the Carolina experience for students. The BOD typically accepts applications for their leadership positions in December/January of each school year.

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The SAA is a member of CASE-ASAP (Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) that is sponsored by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).

The Experience. Now & Forever.

Rah, Rah, Carolina

The SAA hosts events that will get you in the Carolina spirit. These Tar Heel traditions that you share with friends will create memories that last a lifetime. Each of these events include a SAA member-only perk to enhance your Carolina experience.


  • Sunset Serenade | UNC’s best a cappella groups perform on the night before the first day of class. SAA members receive a giveaway. 
  • University Day Celebration | Tar Heels throughout the world perform service – all in honor of UNC’s birthday. SAA members receive a gift for participating.  
  • Rampagin’ | Celebrate Homecoming with a competitive game in the Pit. SAA members receive prizes for winning.  
  • Hinton James Day | Commemorate UNC’s first student in this annual celebration. SAA members receive a giveaway. 
  • March Madness Event | Help us celebrate the unofficial start of spring. SAA members receive discounted tickets to this event. 

Members-Only Perks

Take advantage of discounts offered on events and attractions on and off campus. Membership in SAA will help you save big with discounts to you favorites spots on Franklin and get you access to ridiculously fun events with free food.


  • Welcome Back Barbecue | Catch up with old friends and make new ones at this annual fall event. Free food  for SAA members. 
  • State Fair Ticket Sales | Purchase discounted tickets to attend the North Carolina State Fair. Tickets available to SAA members only. 
  • SAA Miles: Trip to Duke Football Game | Travel with us to Durham for the UNC vs. Duke football game. Trip includes transportation, tailgate and game ticket. Trip is discounted for SAA members. 
  • Holiday Concert |  UNC’s best a cappella groups perform your winter and holiday favorites. SAA members receive free tickets to this event. 
  • Kickoff to 2019 | Help us ring in the new year. This event is for SAA members only. 
  • Chapel Hill or Bust | Who doesn’t love the Southern Part of Heaven? This event is for SAA members only. 

Epic Carolina Connection

Roll deep with 323,000+ Tar Heels you’ll have in your network via the online alumni directory, upon becoming an SAA member. Plus, you’ll be invited to member-exclusive opportunities to network and connect with alumni for mentorship, career and life advice. These events have limited capacity and registration fills up quickly.


  • Heel-o: Skype with Alumni | Chat with alumni living outside of the Triangle who are top leaders in their fields. This event is for SAA members only and happens twice a year. 
  • Dinner with 12 Tar Heels | Connect with your Carolina family around the dinner table. Join us for a great meal and conversation with UNC alumni. This event is for SAA members only and happens twice a year. 
  • Online Alumni Directory | Interested in exploring a career or industry? Look no further than our online database of alumni. Some access is limited to SAA members only. 
  • Carolina Alumni Review | Your subscription to the GAA’s award-winning magazine will be mailed to you three times a year. Need to update your address? 

A Whole Lotta Tar Heel Swag

Every school year, our new SAA T-shirt, created just for members, is a favorite around campus. Other Carolina prizes are given away throughout the year; we’ll give away anything from coffee mugs to tank tops. Stay tuned to our social media and app, we’ll reward our members with swag there too.


  • Fall Fest | Help us kick-off the 2018-19 school year and pick up your Class Button. This event is open to all students. 
  • Recruitment Events | Bring a friend with you to join the SAA and grab some free food and sweet treats. Food for SAA members only. 
  • T-Shirt Pick Up | Snag your yearly SAA T-shirt in the Pit. Shirts for SAA members only. 
  • Exam Study Break | Join us for a hot chocolate bar. SAA members receive a free coffee mug at this event. 
  • Class Logo Giveaway | Grab some UNC gear with your official 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022 class logo. Items are for SAA members only. 
  • Giveaway at Dean Dome | Help us cheer on the Heels. SAA members waiting in line at a special basketball game receive a free gift.
  • Tie Dye at the Tower | Take a break from preparing for exams. SAA members receive a free tank top at this event. 

Life After Carolina

The SAA stands ready to help you learn new skills and tricks of the trade to prepare you for alumni life. Applying for a position on our SAA Board of Directors may be a great fit for you to gain valuable leadership skills. Looking for more information and resources about internships and other career-related matters? We’ve got you covered.


  • Internship 101 | Looking for an internship and don’t know where to start? Let this panel of experts help. This event is for SAA members only. 
  • Join the SAA Board of Directors | The SAA-BOD plans and implements all SAA events and programs.  Apply for this leadership opportunity. 
  • Life After College | Gain professional development skills and insight. This event is for SAA members only. 
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!

Caroline Bowers '16
Programs Assistant
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Caroline graduated from UNC in 2016 and joined the GAA team soon after. From the mountains of North Carolina, Caroline enjoys getting outside and adventuring with her dog, Holden the Golden. She also loves going to the beach, photography, making others smile and anything that has to do with dogs.