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The Carolina Center for Public Service connects the energy and expertise of both the University and the community to provide students, faculty and staff with deep and transformative experiences. Through engaged scholarship and service, we work together to create collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges. Learn more about our living legacy!


The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.


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As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long and proud history of service. The tradition of service for the common good has evolved into a commitment to deeper engagement based on mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and communities in North Carolina. In 1999, the University established the Carolina Center for Public Service to strengthen and expand this tradition of engagement, as well as to continue improving lives by educating scholars and leaders dedicated to forging a brighter future for our state, nation and world.

CCPS offers a variety of programs that support service and engagement—providing students, faculty and staff many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference in communities across North Carolina.

On July 1, 2009, APPLES Service-Learning officially became a program of CCPS, bringing together two organizations with rich histories rooted in public service and engaged scholarship to become more integrated in addressing Carolina’s mission of public service. The result is enhanced engagement with communities and better support of the students, faculty and staff with whom we work.

Our Values

Through our work, we strive to demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. We promote experiential learning, authentic partnership and shared leadership. We value stewardship and always seek to benefit the state of North Carolina.

The Carolina Center for Public Service at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for its events and programs. If you need accommodations, please contact or call 919-843-7568. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.