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Visiting the Department

We welcome visitors to Geography, whether you are a high school student, a parent, or a perspective PhD student. Much of the general information for visiting UNC can be found here. Please refer to the appropriate program page if you wish to contact program administrators or faculty to arrange meetings.


Saunders Hall is located on historic Polk Place, and is shared by Geography and Religious Studies. The building is names after William L. Saunders, who was a UNC graduate and compiler of historical documents, and a leading organizer of the Ku Klux Klan from 1869-1870 . The naming and commemoration of the building has been the subject of activism for nearly two decades.

Daily Visitors:

Daily visitors to the Department can find metered parking at Morehead Planetarium on Franklin Street.  Visitor parking is also available and marked on the Campus Visitors' Map


Short-term Visitors:

The Department of Geography welcomes short-term visitors who wish to carry out research or meet with colleagues for a few days or weeks during the year.  Depending on demand, we may be able to provide study space and access to the library and research facilities.  Requests should be made to individual faculty members who would serve as your host.

Semester-long visits:

The Department has no funds to support such visits, but we can provide formal letters of invitation and facilitate access to library and research facilities for researchers on research leave who would like to carry out research in the region or make use of UNC's extensive research facilities and libraries.  Individuals should contact faculty sponsors in whose research area they work.  Visitors may present their research to individual research groups or in the Department Colloquium Series.



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