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Welcome to the website for the School of Data Science and Society (SDSS), the newest school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university. Here at SDSS, we envision a world made healthy, safe, and prosperous for all through data-informed decisions. Although Carolina is not the first to establish a data science school, we believe the way we approach this growing field makes our program unique and especially relevant in our constantly evolving world.  Our school’s focus on society will allow us to utilize innovative ways to use foundational and translational data science for the public good.

Over the past decades, Carolina has developed and cultivated world-renowned scholarship and research in data science. We are honored to have the opportunity to build upon that foundation by creating an innovative curriculum and research portfolio through SDSS to serve our students and community, the state of North Carolina, and the nation. We will change the field of data science as we know it and better prepare students for the workforce of the 21st century.

Please peruse this website to learn more about our vision for the school and on-going plans for implementation. You can reach us at – we would love to hear from you!



Stanley C. Ahalt, Ph.D.

Inaugural Dean
School of Data Science and Society