The men's basketball team recorded its 500th Atlantic Coast Conference win, defeating Florida State University 61-60.
The University announced the receipt of a $20 million gift to the School of Pharmacy from Fred Eshelman of Wilmington.
Men's basketball coach Matt Doherty resigned. Selected in 2000 to take over the Tar Heels after Bill Guthridge retired, Doherty served as head coach for three seasons. Previously, he held coaching jobs at the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame. Doherty was a four year basketball letter winner and 1984 graduate of the University.
A centennial birthday party was held for the Coker Arboretum, which was named for its creator and the University's first professor of botany, Dr. William Chambers Coker.
One week after leading the University of Kansas men's basketball team to the national championship game, Roy Williams was hired to replace Matt Doherty as men's basketball head coach at the University. Williams spent fifteen seasons as the Kansas head coach and ten years as assistant coach under Dean E. Smith.
Comedian Bill Cosby delivered the commencement address at Kenan Memorial Stadium. During the speech, he stated, "I want to tell you how much we all love you. And I want to tell you right now, Class of 2003, whatever is outside I want you to go inside, inside and discover something that you may have been running away from up until today. And that is your own integrity. It takes a lot of work to go in and get it. It takes a lot of honesty to go in and get it, touch it, feel it, smell it, and be it."
The University's "Carolina First" fund-raising campaign reached the $1 billion mark.
Chancellor James Moeser announced the Carolina Covenant, an initiative to give children of low-income families an opportunity to graduate from the University debt-free if they work on campus 10 to 12 hours weekly in a federal work-study job throughout their four years. The University meets the rest of students' needs through a combination of federal, state, university, and private grants and scholarships.
Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan and an alumna of the University, delivered the keynote address for the Graduate School's centennial celebration.
Men's basketball coach Roy Williams coached and won his first official game as head coach, leading the Tar Heels to a 90-64 win over Old Dominion University at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center.
The women's soccer team defeated the University of Connecticut 6-0 to win their eighteenth national championship. The Tar Heels scored 32 goals and allowed none during the NCAA tournament, finishing the season a perfect 27-0-0.
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1946 The men's basketball team won its first NCAA tournament game, defeating New York University 57-49 at Madison Square Garden.