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Chapel Thrill Escapes

Chapel Thrill Escapes is an educational nonprofit focused on creating an outlet for student creativity, entrepreneurship, and collaboration on campus through the creation, operation, and maintenance of escape rooms built by and for students.

Whether it’s a chemistry major building a science-themed puzzle, a studio art major designing the interior of a room, or an engineering student working with magnetic locks, an escape room is an incredible vehicle for interdisciplinary growth.

As a 501(c)(3), every dollar Chapel Thrill Escapes earns creates an opportunity for students to collaborate and put hands-on skills to work. Revenue from the room funds a new room redesign, providing students with a unique creative outlet.

In 2019, we built our first escape room: The Belltower Escape Room. It was highly successful – we hosted 80 in-person escape rooms for over 300 students. In 2020, we were faced with our next challenge: operating an escape room during COVID-19. We could not run our in-person escape room, so we launched a virtual 360-degree version of the Belltower Escape Room and launched a collection of puzzles called Room 1.5.

Now in 2022-23, we’re launching our newest escape room. Stay tuned for something…magical.


Cobb Residence Hall: 110 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514



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