UNC is nicknamed the University of National Champions for a reason.
Since 1977, every four-year student that has attended North Carolina has seen the Tar Heels win at least one national championship, beginning with the 1981 men's lacrosse title. In total, UNC has won 46 NCAA team titles.
Carolina Athletics is probably best known for its six-time NCAA champion men's basketball team, which has seen iconic moments from Michael Jordan's game-winning shot in the 1982 title game to Chris Webber's ill-fated timeout in 1993.
But you may not have even heard of one of the team's greatest championship runs, which happened in 1957. Coaching legend Frank McGuire led the team to a perfect 32-0 season alongside ACC Player of the Year Lennie Rosenbluth. The team played in Woollen Gymnasium, which is now used as a student recreation facility.
The team then took out Yale, Canisius, Syracuse and Michigan State to face a Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas team, which only had two losses, in the title game. In three overtimes, the Tar Heels were able to contain Chamberlain and won their first-ever national championship 54-53.
The football team has never won a national championship, but it has produced its fair share of stars. Players like Lawrence Taylor, Julius Peppers, Dré Bly, Mitch Trubisky and many others all played in Kenan Memorial Stadium wearing Carolina blue. The team is on the rise once again, guided by Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown and junior quarterback Sam Howell, who is primed for a run at the Heisman Trophy that eluded former Tar Heel Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice in 1948 and 1949.
However, the men's basketball and football teams are far from the most decorated sports programs that North Carolina has to offer. The talent that has stepped foot on campus doesn’t just stop at names like Vince Carter and Giovani Bernard.
One of the most dominant teams featured at UNC is women’s soccer. The program has won 22 national championships with many of its players going on to star on the international level. Five of the 23 players on the United States women's national team are former UNC players.
From 1986-1994, current women’s soccer head coach Anson Dorrance and the Tar Heels dominated the NCAA, winning nine straight championships and only losing one game across that span.