Good morning! Today we’re posting FAQs for Regular Decision admitted, waitlisted, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post, please scroll down to the next posts for waitlisted and denied FAQs.
I’ve been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We might be biased, but we think it’s about the best undergraduate experience to be had. We’ll do our best over the next month to help you find out all you can about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the place for you. One of the best ways to get to know our community and the opportunities available here is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina is included with your paper letter of admission (which should arrive within the next 2-3 days), and you should have received more information via email on Saturday. From the events section of your MyCarolina, you can view all of your admitted-student event invitations.
Our Enroll pages have detailed information on the next steps you’ll need to take when you’re ready to enroll.
Will I receive any merit scholarships?
Regular Decision applicants who are being considered for merit-based scholarships were invited to our Scholarship Day event earlier this month. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina are awarded to the students who attend Scholarship Day. As a public institution, the vast majority of our resources are devoted to need-based aid, so we only have a small number of merit-based scholarships to award. We wish we could offer more, but our first commitment is to a strong financial aid program that will make it possible for any admitted student to attend.
If you aren’t initially offered a merit-based scholarship, please know that at Carolina you will have many opportunities to earn a variety of awards once you arrive on campus. Read more about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.
Am I being considered for honors or other special opportunities?
On Friday, we sent an email to select admitted students regarding Excel@Carolina, a special program featuring eight extraordinary opportunities for outstanding first-year students. In the email, we ask students to indicate which of these opportunities they’re most interested in. We’ll then use those preferences as part of our final decisions about these opportunities. All students who complete the survey will be notified of which opportunities they’ve been selected for by April 15.
What about financial aid?
All students who applied for financial aid by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive their aid in the next few weeks. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid awards student aid packages as quickly as they can, but you can help by making sure they have all of the information they need. Check your To-Do List in your ConnectCarolina Student Center periodically to make sure they haven’t requested more information. Also, create your Onyen and UNC email account, as that is how the Student Aid office will communicate with you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.
Have questions for UNC students?
Join the Facebook group Admitted: UNC 2018 to connect with both other admitted students and current UNC students. Within the group, you can ask current students any question you like, and you’ll also get a chance to meet other admitted students who are considering Carolina. If you’re active on Twitter, ask questions and meet fellow 2018 students using the hashtag #2018.
Congratulations again on your admission to Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall!
For those of you who received a waitlist decision, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We know you have already waited so patiently, and we know how frustrating this can be – particularly for those of you who applied early action.
If you accept a place on our waiting list, we’ll consider you for any spaces that are available in the class after we hear back from our admitted students by the May 1 enrollment deadline. In the early part of May, we’ll determine how many spaces are available, and we’ll review the applications of all of the students who accepted a place on the waiting list. Since the list isn’t ranked, there’s no way to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit varies a great deal from year to year, so we won’t know for some time what this year will hold.
If we have additional space in the class, we’ll begin making offers to waitlisted students by the end of May. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise to have a final decision to all students by the end of June.
A list of FAQs is included with the paper letter you’ll receive by mail, and you can also view it here. Please read it carefully as it should answer most of your questions, but feel free to post a comment below or get in touch with us if you have others.
If we disappointed you on Friday, we are truly sorry. We know how hard it is to receive this kind of bad news, and we really hate delivering it. Please know that it’s not you, it’s us. We have so many talented applicants – over 31,000 this year – and space for only about 4,000 in our first-year class. We have to deny many talented students who would do great things here.
We hope you have an amazing college experience wherever you choose to attend. But if you’re interested in transferring in a year or two, we hope you’ll keep us in mind. Many students who are initially denied as first-year students later successfully apply to us as transfers. You might also consider one of our great graduate programs after your undergraduate career.
Here are a few of the frequently-asked questions we hear from denied students. If you have other questions, use the comments below or get in touch with us.
Is this decision final?
Yes. We’re sorry, but we can’t re-consider your application this year. However, if your heart is set on Carolina, there’s always the option of transferring after a year or two at another school.
Why did you deny me?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question because our review is holistic. We don’t deny any student on the basis of a single number or a single grade, but instead we consider everything we know about a student. We work hard to give each student a thorough, careful review but ultimately, we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for the many talented students who apply.
I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?
Each year we enroll approximately 900 transfer students into the sophomore and junior classes at Carolina. Transfer students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University. For more advice, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.
Here are the steps to view your decision when it’s available online:
- Go to Connectcarolina.unc.edu
- Click on “Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center”
- Login with your Guest ID. If you do not have a Guest ID, please follow the email instructions we sent to you. If you do not have these instructions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Under Admissions, click on “Click here to view your decision in a new window. Please make sure popup-blocking software is disabled.”
In order to view your decision, please note that, if applicable, the pop-up blocker feature on your browser must be disabled.
How to Disable Your Pop-Up Blocker
- In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to “Pop-up Blocker”
- Click on “Turn-Off Pop-up Blocker.”
- Click the Google Pop-up Blocker toolbar icon. (Click on “More” if you do not see the Pop-up Blocker Icon“
- The Pop-up Blocker icon should read “Popups are okay.” If not, click on the button to allow pop-ups from the page you are on.
- In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to Options.
- Select “Content” tab or icon.
- Uncheck box labeled “Block pop-up windows.”
- Click on “Blocking Pop-ups” at the bottom right corner of the AOL window.
- Uncheck box labeled “Suppress pop-ups from websites I visit.”
- Click “Save” button.
- Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
- Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button.
- In the “Pop-ups” section, select “Allow all sites to show pop-ups.”
- Open the Safari menu and select the “Preferences” option.
- In the window that displays, click on the “Security” option.
- Remove the checkmark from the “Block pop-up” windows option.
- Close the window.
Or, for an older version of Safari, try
- Open Safari
- Click on the Safari Menu
- Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”
The C-STEP class of 2014 is leaving big shoes to fill. From this year’s graduating C-STEP class we have… drumroll… our first C-STEP student accepted to dental school. Congratulations to Navid!
After transferring to Carolina from Durham Technical Community College, Navid enthusiastically joined the campus community. He took advantage of C-STEP opportunities, such as the C-STEP Peer Mentor and Shadowing programs, and also engaged with a topic close to his heart: refugee resettlement. Originally from Iran, Navid immigrated to the U.S. to pursue his dreams of becoming a dentist. Now, he gives back through his work with the Human Rights Center, Refugee Community Partnership, and Bridge Builder programs.
As amazing as Navid’s accomplishments are, this latest success comes as no surprise to Brian Woodard, C-STEP Representative. “C-STEP students are eager to take advantage of opportunities, not only for their personal advancement, but also to give back to others. As a Carolina alumnus, I’m proud to see Navid leaving his heel print on the university and Carolina community.”
Interested in joining the C-STEP program and pursuing your dreams? High school students can apply through April 1, 2014. Current college students can reach out to Brian at email@example.com to request more information.
Senior Hetali Lodaya joins us today to talk about public service at Carolina:
I always saw service–my parents are the people who come early to help set up and stay after to stack chairs, who dig in their pockets for loose change whenever they see a fundraiser for international work and who teach you to always finish your food, because there’s someone else out there who’s hungry. I was taught that service was always something done for the other person, and never for your personal satisfaction. Service was tangible acts of doing something or giving something, done because of this intrinsic understanding that it was the “right thing to do”.
But what about that other person, the person I was helping? The thing that was missing from my service experiences before college, that I never really thought about, is that I often knew little to nothing about the people that I was serving, and the way in which I was (or wasn’t) helping them. Through work in the Campus Y, UNC’s center for social justice and student innovation, Nourish-UNC, a student organization that runs small businesses on campus and uses the revenue generated to do projects with student interns at community based-organizations abroad, and the APPLES Service Learning Program, I have met and worked with people who constantly put the “why” before the “what”. Why are we here? What does this community really need? Why are certain individuals in need of service, and how can we address the underlying causes of these inequities instead of just putting bandages on the problem? Most importantly, why do I serve, and how can I do it in the most responsible, most respectful, most impactful way possible?
I still come early to help set up, and stay late to stack chairs. But I have also learned to delegate those tasks, so that if my skills are better put to use compiling and sending out meeting minutes, or coordinating with a caterer at an event, I can take on that role, knowing that the work will still be accomplished. In Nourish, students understand that taking on enormous projects abroad that sound cool often isn’t the smartest use of our time and resources. We encourage our students to recognize that there are limitations to what they can give and do as college students – but that’s okay. They should own and be intentional about the capacity they have, and make sure they are putting themselves in a situation where that capacity is best utilized. I still try to always finish all of my food – and as often as I can, I think about where that food comes from and how I can eat as responsibly as possible. My APPLES class on migration issues, Global Guanajuato, has opened my eyes to the economic and political drivers of migration, their corresponding effects on the agricultural and labor sectors in the United States, and ultimately, the injustice of the fact that the sweet potatoes I purchase for two dollars a pound are picked by a person who sees about twelve cents of that. I can support my local economy through my purchasing choices, and be an informed advocate for smart immigration and economic reforms on the national level.
Service isn’t about being a martyr – it’s about being smart enough to understand how to allocate resources, time, and people-power in any given situation, allowing every individual involved to reach their full potential and maximize the whole group’s contribution. It gives me a way to move the needle through my everyday actions, and encourage those around me to do the same. My mentors and role models in the Carolina community help me every day to develop a richer, fuller understanding of why I do what I do – they have taught me to live service through every part of who I am, because it is the best way I can give back and say thanks for all the opportunities I am lucky to have.
C-STEP, a program launched in 2006, works to enable more community-college students to transfer to and graduate from Carolina. One C-STEP student, Josh Chance, didn’t just attend Carolina and then graduate… he took flight.
After graduating from UNC in 2013, Josh decided to pursue his dreams of being a pilot and enrolled in flight school. When asked if Carolina and the C-STEP program prepared him for his next step, his answer? A definitive and resounding “yes!” With the C-STEP program, Josh identified a long-term goal – transferring to Carolina – and then worked hard at his community college partner school to set himself up for success. The diligence, dedication and determination needed to graduate from Carolina with his Exercise and Sport Science degree are fine-tuned skills that he feels confident that he can apply through all stages of life.
Carolina also provided Josh with unique opportunities, from cross cultural exchange with his international roommate to working for the UNC football team as a student athletic trainer. And, as a Carolina Covenant Scholar, Josh was able to graduate from UNC debt-free.
Are you a news junkie? Interested in foreign affairs, international development, politics and the world in general? At Carolina, you’re in good company. And we know just the program for you – UNC’s Great Decisions class.
The Foreign Policy Association hosts the Great Decisions program, which they call “America’s largest discussion on world affairs.” The UNC program happens to be the largest Great Decisions program of more than two thousand across the nation. What makes the program so special? For one, all of the teachers are undergraduate students. The two-part class consists of a planning semester by the undergraduate committee, during which they learn about that year’s FPA topics. The second semester consists of eight high-profile speakers and recitations led by the undergraduate TA’s. The program also includes outreach to local retirement communities and secondary schools.
Past speakers have included the UN Secretary-General for External Affairs, Gillian Martin Sorenson; the former Commander of the Strategic Air Command, General Lee Butler; the first-ever US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and former President of World Vision, Robert Seiple; and Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore and Director of the Sanford Institute, Bruce Jentleson.
Oh, and the program was formally applauded by former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton. #NBD.
Interested in learning more? Feel free to drop in on one of the lectures this spring – all lectures are open to the public – or check out their website. This is a class that all undergrads can partake in, either by enrolling in the class for credit or by applying to be a TA.
One of the best parts about college is having the chance to get out and see the world. While it can be hard to leave Chapel Hill, approximately 40% of our students study abroad while others do internships or research abroad. Studying abroad is a lot of fun (of course!) but at Carolina it’s more than that: it’s about gaining experiences that expose you to new perspectives, strengthen your resume, and prepare you to be a global citizen.
“This summer I’ll be going to the Philippines to work with a human rights organization that seeks to reintegrate women who have been part of human trafficking webs back into society. We are all world citizens who seek to make a difference and I’m thankful for this opportunity to do meaningful work abroad,” says Laida Alarcon, a senior majoring in Peace, War & Defense and Global Studies with a minor in Christianity and Culture who won the Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship.
Rodrigo Martinez, a senior majoring in Environmental Health Sciences through the Gillings School of Global Public Health went to Germany, Denmark and Sweden as part of the Burch Research Seminar in Sustainability. “The purpose of the program was for us to explore the intricacies of environmental infrastructure, renewable energy policy and economics, as well as regional and city planning. This program had a research component that allowed me to talk to some of the leading professionals about electric mobility and smart energy grids. Without a doubt, this was by far one of the best choices I have made in my life (besides choosing to attend Carolina, of course!).”
Anthony Rotunda, a senior double-major in history and economics with an entrepreneurship minor traveled to China: “I studied at one of the top universities in China, Peking University. While there, I interned at a boutique educational consulting firm researching the opportunity to expand their business model into a new market. This opportunity not only broadened my perspective on the world but also provided me an opportunity to put the skills I had obtained through my Entrepreneurship Minor into action. With the help of the Phillips Ambassador Scholarship all I had to do was get myself there!”
And, of course, we hope you get to do some sightseeing while you’re abroad. Roopa Panduranga, a senior double-majoring in Mathematical Decision Sciences and Economics with a minor in Hindi-Urdu got to study at the Chinese University in Hong Kong’s International Summer School program along with 650 students from all over the world. “It was as if I traveled the world by only visiting one country!” On her trip she got to explore Hong Kong and even travel to the Great Wall of China.
From internships at the United Nations in Geneva to ecological research in the Galapagos, UNC has you covered with 300+ programs in 70 countries. So, the next question is: where do you want to go?
Every year/semester/week, it seems I find something about Carolina that is My New Favorite Thing about this University – and since this is my eleventh year on/around campus between graduate school and working in Admissions, that’s a stat that blows even my mind (as is the fact that I’m eleven years into this Carolina journey – whaaa??). In between the Duke game that wasn’t and the Duke game that was fell an event that I’ve loved for the past three years: TEDxUNC.
TED is a nonprofit organization committed to sharing Ideas Worth Spreading. Over the past 26 years, it’s grown from its first conference in California to a global phenomenon. TEDx conferences are a big part of that: independently organized events, they take the format of TED and infuse it with local flair.
TEDxUNC has grown from its 2012 debut in the FedEx Global Education Center to its 2013 and 2014 events in Memorial Hall. This year, breakout sessions in nearby buildings provided even more chances for us to interact and connect with organizations and offices from around campus (and chow down on some food truck noms).
This year’s theme, “Taking Flight,” brought together speakers that ranged from entrepreneurs to educators to musicians to scientists. Attendees were challenged to look at ideas from new perspectives, reconsider the very air we breathe and food we eat, and to connect with each other – in fact, part of our Survival Kit as attendees included the directive to “Talk to strangers.”
In the spirit of this, I chatted with the woman and her daughter seated next to me; the mom is a local resident who knows speaker Dr. Debra Barksdale and she brought her 11 year old daughter. After each talk, we compared impressions (mostly “Holy cow, that was incredible…”). I couldn’t help but notice that all in attendance were doing the same.
The best part about TEDxUNC? It is entirely student-run. This year’s Organizing Committee is comprised of dozens of students from across Carolina who tackled publicity, fundraising, and logistics – including volunteering friends and family members to transport speakers from train/bus stations and airports in light of the snowstorm (even those stranded in DC).
It’s hard to say what the highlight of the day was, as lots of things compete for that title. Getting to meet Dr. Jerry Linenger in the lobby afterwards was incredibly humbling – I shook the hand of a person who was in space (my inner monologue was shouting “ZOMG, MELISSA, IT’S A REAL LIVE ASTRONAUT!” the whole time). But honestly, I think it was seeing the work of our students come together in such a powerful way – and seeing two students in particular, Chenxi (Chex) Yu and James Carras, be a part of it. I’ve known Chex and James for years (I actually met James before he even applied during the J-School’s Chuck Stone Program) and it is so incredible to think about all the things they’ve done since coming to Carolina.
So as you think about where you’re going from where you are, think about how you can launch yourself to new heights and who the people are that can help you get there. At Carolina, there are so many ways to see your ideas lift off – and if along the way you experience some turbulence (which you probably will, because life), there are plenty of people here to help you balance back out.
To learn more about TEDxUNC, you can check out pictures from the event; this Storify; and this UNC Campus Update. To watch the talks, you can search “TEDxUNC” on YouTube – this year’s speakers and performers will be available in a few weeks.
-Melissa Kotacka, Assistant Director of Admissions