Vision for the Sitterson Lobby Renovation
Sitterson Upper Lobby rendering

Sitterson Lower Lobby rendering
Sitterson Lower Lobby rendering

Sitterson Lower Lobby rendering
Sitterson Lower Lobby rendering



Today, UNC Computer Science is home to nearly 1,800 majors, minors, Masters, and PhD students.  

We anticipate continued growth and interest in our department and must rise to meet the demands of a larger student body while continuing our tradition of teaching excellence, research, and collaboration.

Renovation to Support Growth

As we enter a new decade, we are embarking on a few major initiatives, including the creation of the Sitterson Learning Commons. Sitterson Lobby and the main classroom will be upgraded to accommodate more students and an active learning environment.

The university will provide $1 million for the upgrade of SN014, the large lecture classroom that has hosted CS students since 1987. The design plan will accommodate both lecture-style and active learning (group work) instruction.

The multi-purpose space outside the classroom will be transformed into the Sitterson Learning Commons. This project will rely on the support we receive from generous alumni like you.

These renovations include:

  • Upper & Lower Sitterson Lobbies – The newly designed lobbies will maximize student space for group work, departmental events, and seminars.
  • App Lab – Under the direction of Jeff Terrell (Ph.D. ’09), the App Lab provides a designated space for student teams, inside and outside the CS major, to work on web and mobile applications of their own design with advisors available for technical consulting and hardware/software platform support.
  • Learning Lab – The Learning Lab, led by Kris Jordan (B.S. ‘07), is our newest educational initiative that provides accessible and collaborative assistance on course content in introductory CS courses. The Learning Lab is designed to support, strengthen, and reinforce understanding of key comp sci concepts in courses, outside of assignments. The program is staffed by experienced Learning Assistants who collaborate with example problems and discussions on how the concept is applied in real-world scenarios.

Our goal is to raise $500,000 to contribute to the renovation. This cannot happen without your support. Help support the future of computer science at Carolina and the next generation of innovators.


To make an online donation in support of the initiatives above, please use the university’s portal and select The Sitterson Renovation (104743) as the fund.

For more information on giving via stock, majors gifts, multi-year pledges, and naming opportunities, please reach out to Amberly Hendel, Associate Director of Development at 919-843-5285.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. The impact of your gift to the UNC Department of Computer Science may be doubled or possibly tripled! To find out whether your company has a matching gift policy, please search the database on this page.

We recognize that our UNC Computer Science community gives back in many ways.  Your support by volunteering your time to attend career events, participation in our mentorship program, volunteering your time at our student-run hackathons and other events helps to build a community we are proud of here at Carolina and is essential to our success. Consider ways you can volunteer with the department and share your expertise.  Please see our Alumni Page for details about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.