You may have visited us before; perhaps you’ve attended an athletic event or driven through campus. But have you experienced Carolina from the perspective of a student? Have you taken a tour of our beautiful residential campus? Have you visited a class? Or, have you simply taken a seat along the Pit — our famous gathering place — and observed the unique energy of our students?
Our students are some of the strongest and most diverse in the nation, and they’ll happily tell you about the academic opportunities we offer that will prepare you to change the world. They also have their own opinions about just why you should visit us. In fact, we asked a few of them that very question:
“Carolina was the only in-state school where I applied. After scouring the east coast for a school that would fit my personality, I finally decided to take a tour at UNC. The minute I stepped foot on campus, I realized Carolina was exactly what I was trying to find. What sets Carolina apart from every other university is the vibrancy of its students. Carolina has some of the most inspiring and active individuals that you will ever meet.” — Kelsey Farson
“As a high school senior, I knew that UNC would be the perfect niche in which my intellectual curiosities could flourish with the support of like-minded, gifted students from all over the world. But it took a visit to UNC’s breathtaking campus to know for sure that I wanted to make Carolina my new home. What really makes this place special, though, is not the university’s statistics, history or reputation. It’s those personal touches—invaluable relationships, boundless studying and exploring opportunities, and a sense of a connected and compassionate learning environment, which I’m a part of every day—that’s what brought me here, and that’s what will keep a piece of my heart in this place for the rest of my life.” — Ben Anders
“When I was applying to colleges, I was almost positive I wanted to go to an out-of-state Ivy League, and UNC was actually the only in-state school I applied to. I thought I knew everything about the campus and about the people. I also thought I would have too many connections here, making a college a mere continuation of high school. When I came to visit, however, I discovered I was so wrong. I felt like I already went to school here. And that’s when I knew it was a perfect fit.” -–Tori Stillwell
The summer is one of the best times to visit Carolina. The beautiful weather makes it impossible to stay inside and the campus is alive with inspiring students such as Kelsey, Ben, and Tori. They are eager to meet you and chat with you more about Carolina. Schedule your campus visit today. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Through your ECs, we get to find out what you’re interested in, how you’ve spent your time, and how you interact with your community. It also helps us imagine what kind of impact you could have if you joined the UNC community.
When you get to this section, you’ll be asked to report how much time you’ve committed to each activity and which years you took part in each. You’ll also be asked to briefly explain each activity, including any leadership positions held or honors won. You’ll quickly realize there’s not a lot of space for lengthy explanations, so your challenge is to be as concise as possible, while also giving us all the interesting details.
Your EC list is by necessity a quick snapshot of your extracurricular contributions, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a really colorful, interesting, and engaging snapshot. Focus on your primary activities and list the most important ones first. Think about what your specific contributions and achievements have been in the activity, and be sure you’re communicating those things. For instance, don’t just tell us you’ve played field hockey for 4 years. Instead, how about “Play defense on JV and Varsity field hockey teams. As unofficial spirit leader, I’ve raised awareness of the team’s efforts within the school. Voted co-captain senior year.”
So what kinds of activities are we looking for? There really isn’t any formula. And we’re not looking to see that every student is “well-rounded” either. We know that some students have a wide range of interests and do lots of different types of activities, while others are specialists who focus on one or two things. Most people fall somewhere in between these two. So we’re not looking for well-rounded students, we’re looking for a well-rounded class. And by enrolling all different kinds of students with all different kinds of interests, that’s what we get.
You can include whatever activities are important to you in your list, whether it was something you did through your school, community, or church, or whether it was done independently or with friends or family. We just want to understand how you have spent your time, what you’re passionate about, and how you’ve contributed to your community.
Keep in mind, though, that a longer list is not necessarily a better list. In fact, it’s really hard to digest a long list that seems to include every imaginable activity. Think about the big picture and where your impact has been most significant. Consider grouping together similar activities. If you’ve gone on mission trips with your church each summer since freshman year, you can group these together as one item, then list out the specifics of where you went and what you did in the explanation field.
You’ll also fill out a separate section for the honors you have won. It’s really helpful if you include a short descriptor for the honor to help us understand what it is. The “Sarah Bigdeal Smith Award” might be a huge honor within your school, but we’ve never heard of it! So, you might list it as “Smith Service Award. One of two juniors selected by faculty based on my work with local homeless shelter.”
And last piece of advice: This is not the time to be humble! Don’t be shy about sharing what you’ve accomplished. If bragging doesn’t come naturally to you, ask Mom, Dad or a caring friend for help. They’ll be more than happy to point out all your stellar personal qualities and hard-earned honors.
Good luck! Please just let me know if you have any questions.
After finishing my first year, I know that choosing to study journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill was definitely the right decision. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has impressed me not only with its faculty and curriculum, but also through the opportunities it presents to gain hands-on experience right off the bat. Within my first month of school, I began to volunteer for UNC’s student newscast, Carolina Week, and have never looked back.
Fresh out of high school and overwhelmed by all things college, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get involved in the journalism school’s news outlets. After a brief training session with Carolina Week, I began to attend both practice and live shows where I was given the opportunity to shadow students in the class. I watched and learned as my peers operated cameras, directed the control room and reported the news to the Carolina community.
Within a few weeks, I felt confident enough to run the camera and floor direct on my own. I even extended my involvement outside the studio and tagged along with reporters to help shoot interviews. Regardless of what I did, each task provided me with real life experience in my future field of work that I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere. Furthermore, being part of a team of people so dedicated to the show reinforced my passion for broadcast journalism. My commitment to Carolina Week strengthened and I’m proud to say that this was recognized by my teammates, who voted me Most Valuable Volunteer at the end of the year. This achievement has paved the way for my future endeavors in the J-school and I can only hope that my remaining three years will be as prosperous.
UNC students are fortunate that taking part in activities and organizations is so easy. The J-school is a perfect example of this, because whether you’re interested in television, radio or web journalism, there are opportunities to get involved. Carolina Week, Carolina Connection and Reese News are all student-run news outlets that provide the experiences and skills needed to become a successful journalist. I’ve certainly taken advantage of these opportunities, and the lessons I’ve learned and the people I’ve met as a result have truly shaped my time so far at UNC. I cannot imagine what my first year would have been like without the support and sense of belonging that Carolina Week provided. Getting involved was the best decision I’ve made during my academic career and I highly recommend incoming students do the same.
–Brenna Cukier, 2015
For more information on these programs and the broadcast journalism major, you are welcome to email Dr. Charles Tuggle, Professor of Journalism.
To all of our admitted students, first year and transfer, congratulations! To all of the C-STEP (Carolina StudentTransfer Excellence Program) students who will be joining us this fall at UNC, congratulations and welcome! My name is Rebecca Egbert, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and C-STEP Program Director, and I’m pretty sure I have one of the best jobs on the planet.
In my role, I travel across the state and meet cool transfer students from all over the world, talk about what a great place UNC is, and get to know some of the best students on our campus—those who come to us from C-STEP. I also get to work one-on-one with amazing community college students.
When I’m not working, I enjoy celebrating life and spending time with myfamily. My husband Daniel of 16 years and two beautiful daughters—Jordan Halen and Lawson Hannah, are my motivation in life. I love adventure and my other passions include rescuing animals, hiking, camping and anything outdoors (and in the water). Okay, it’s no secret among my colleagues that when I retire, I might be on location with National Geographic photographing the wild animals of the world.
I’ll close by saying that there are many paths to Carolina—every path is different and every path is valid. If you are here, it is because you deserve a place on this campus. Look around, meet new people, create your own adventures and enjoy what short time you have as a student here. It will go fast!
What is C-STEP?
Launched in 2006, with the help of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, C-STEP guarantees junior transfer admission to students who earn an associate degree and successfully complete the program at one of seven partner community colleges across North Carolina: Alamance Community College, Carteret Community College, Central Carolina Community College, Craven Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Wake Technical Community College. C-STEP currently serves more than 300 students, and more than 170 of those have already enrolled at Carolina.
How does the program work?
C-STEP students must successfully complete an AA or AS degree at one of the seven partner community colleges in no more than five semesters. Students must also complete at least three semesters of college-level foreign language before enrolling at Carolina. Additionally, students must participate fully in C-STEP activities—at their home college and later at Carolina. While enrolled at the community college, students work directly with C-STEP leaders and mentors and participate in monthly events on their campus and at Carolina. These events introduce students to Carolina, helpthem engage early with the campus community, and prepare them for their transition to Chapel Hill.
Who is eligible?
C-STEP focuses on community college students whose household incomes fall at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (around $69,150 for afamily of four). You must also be enrolled (or plan to enroll) at a partner community college in a course of study that will lead to the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Sciences (AS) degree, and you must earn the degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
We review candidates holistically and consider, among other criteria, demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles, first generation college status,diversity, employment history, and family responsibilities.
How do I apply?
The application is available here. Community college students should apply by October 1, and high school students entering one ofthe partner community colleges should apply by April 1. Representatives at UNC and two advisors from each partner college review applications and confirm students’ acceptances into the program by early fall.
Is financial aid provided?
Carolina meets 100 percent of demonstrated need through grants, scholarships, and loans for all students who are eligible to receive federal aid. Eligible students may qualify for the Carolina
Covenant and graduate debt-free.