Campus Life Experience

Ideas in Action

Identify, Discover, Evaluate, and Act – this curriculum will help strengthen students' ability to think critically, collaborate, and communicate, regardless of their study area or experiences off or on campus. Experiential and hands-on learning opportunities will be available throughout their time at Carolina so they may be prepared to experience the world as a citizen, scholar, community member, and leader.  

Campus Life Experience

What is Campus Life Experience: 

Campus Life Experience (CLE) collaborates with IDEAs in Action to help students experience the artistic, intellectual, and political life of UNC’s campus and connect these experiences with their academic work. Allowing them to apply their learning both inside and outside the classroom. 

Why is Campus Life Experience important:  

Involvement with CLE events helps enrich and broaden the college learning experience and perspective for students while supplying them with the essential skill sets they need to help them succeed during their time at UNC and beyond. These opportunities allow students to interpret and understand the world and their peers from a different perspective and bridge or illuminate differences.

Campus Life Experience Requirements

Campus Life Experience has been implemented for the 2022-2023 school year and is currently required for the new undergraduate class. First-year and transfer students will attend at least two on-campus organized activities, such as performances, talks, panels, workshops, and more, for each semester they are enrolled on campus (fall and spring only). Students may attend more or fewer events each semester as long as they follow the total number required during their career at UNC-Chapel Hill. Events needed for a course the student takes are still eligible to count toward the Campus Life Experience requirement. For events to be eligible, they must be sponsored by a UNC-Chapel Hill department, unit, or registered student organization. Events may include students in the program but may not be entirely composed of students.

There are some variations and exceptions for CLE requirements. Here is a breakdown of some scenarios that may apply to some students: 

  • If a student enrolls in a 9th or 10th semester, no additional CLEs are required.
  • Participating in a semester-length study abroad (fall or spring) will count for 2 CLEs. Participating in a year-long study abroad (fall and spring) will count for 4 CLEs.
  • Part-time students: every 15 credits earned through part-time studies will tally as one term in residence, requiring 2 CLEs
  • Seniors approved for an underload are not required to complete 2 CLE events that semester
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