Dinner with 12 Tar Heels

Bringing the Carolina Family to the Dinner Table

Dinner with 12 Tar HeelsThe SAA is proud to offer Dinner With 12 Tar Heels each semester. The premise of Dinner With 12 Tar Heels is based on one idea: to connect the Carolina family around the dinner table.

Local alumni host a dinner in their homes or on Franklin Street for our current Carolina students. As the name suggests, the dinner is for a party of 12 Tar Heels. It sounds simple. One simple meal, however, can spark a lifelong connection. Alumni feel closer to the University, students feel closer to home and the Carolina tradition continues for years to come.

These dinners are held throughout the fall and spring semesters each academic year. SAA members are notified of/invited to upcoming dinners via email.

Next Dinner: details coming soon

Stay tuned to your email for information about upcoming dinners. 

Dinner With 12 Tar Heels events fill quickly. If you are interested in attending, complete the link sent via email to sign up right away. Further details will be given once you are confirmed.

Attending a Dinner

“I’d like to attend a dinner…”

As a member of the Student Alumni Association, you have access to unique opportunities to ensure your Carolina experience is memorable. As part of the Carolina family, you now have the chance to connect with local UNC alumni through Dinner With 12 Tar Heels.

The premise of the program is to bring GAA alumni and 12 student members together for an off-campus meal where a good time is guaranteed. Dress is casual. Dinner is complimentary. You are responsible for getting yourself to and from the host’s dinner location, which will always be within walking distance of campus or a Chapel Hill transit bus stop away. Carpooling with other students is also an option.

Due to availability, students may attend only one dinner each academic year. If you RSVP to attend a dinner, your host will be expecting you, and you should only cancel due to an emergency. All dinners are announced via SAA email updates, and you may RSVP using the provided email address.

Hosting a Dinner

“I’d like to host a Dinner…”

As a member of the UNC General Alumni Assocation and a part of the Carolina family, you now have the unique opportunity to enhance your lifelong connection to the University of North Carolina through its current students.

The Dinner for 12 Tar Heels program is an initiative to bring 12 GAA  alumni and student members together for an off-campus meal and mutually beneficial fellowship.

We are looking for all alumni friends who would like to connect with current UNC students and who enjoy entertaining guests. Alumni hosts can choose almost any night throughout the academic year to welcome students into their home for dinner.

If you’re interested in opening your home as an alumni dinner host, please contact Kylie Apple to view available dates.


“I think I live too far away.”
It’s beneficial for hosts to live within walking distance of campus or a Chapel Hill Transit bus stop. An alternative is that hosts also can sponsor a dinner at a local restaurant or co-host with another party at their home closer to campus.

“I think my house is too small.”
Unable to accommodate 12 Tar Heels? How about 6? You can choose how many people you would like to host, depending on the size of your home, your budget or dinner style.

“I can’t/don’t like to cook.”
College students are just happy to have food and great company. Some hosts may choose to offer a home-cooked meal; others may opt for party platters. The choice is yours.

“I work late.”
You are welcome to host a dinner during the week or a weekend to accommodate work and academic schedules. Your dinner can begin at any time, although 6 p.m., is preferred.

“I don’t have a lot of time.”
After you register, we take care of coordinating everything else with the students. Students will sign up online and will be given the date, time and location of your dinner. All you have to do is provide the food.

Interested in hosting a Dinner with 12 Tar Heels? Apply now

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!