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Feb 27

Financial Aid Twitter Chat Recap

Did you miss our financial aid Twitter Chat? No worries! We’re recapping your questions and our answers here.

And don’t forget, the deadline for financial aid applications is March 1.

Q: What documents am I required to send in?
UNC only requires the FAFSA and the CSS profile.

Q: Why does UNC require both?
 FAFSA determines state and federal aid eligibility. The CSS Profile determines need-based institutional aid. That’s why it’s important to fill out both.

Q: Is there a separate application for the Carolina Covenant program?
No, all students are automatically considered for the Carolina Covenant based on their demonstrated need. To learn more about the program, visit here.

Q: My parents haven’t filed taxes yet. What can I do?
You still have to fill out the FAFSA and CSS forms by March 1! However,  you can use estimates based on last year’s numbers and file a correction later.

Q: Will I receive work-study?
Work-study awards are based on demonstrated need. If you’re interested in being considered, make sure you check “yes” on the FAFSA form.

Q: When will I receive my financial aid package?
Students who submit all required documents by March 1 should expect to have their financial aid decision in March. Please keep an eye on your Connect Carolina  “To-do List” for any additional required documents. It’s also important to create your Onyen and UNC email so that you’ll be able to access your aid award when it’s available. Learn more.

Q: Can I appeal my aid package? Our financial circumstances have changed since I submitted my application.
To appeal your financial aid package, you should submit a letter outlining your special circumstances to the Office of Financial Aid.

Still have questions? You can contact the Office of Financial Aid at (919) 962-8396 or via their online contact form.

You can also check out more FAQs here.

Feb 27

Become a Tar Heel, Become a Global Citizen

While UNC offers a great Global Studies major and many study abroad opportunities, “going global” at UNC  is so much more.

Thanks to UNC Global, students can research, study and serve abroad as well as learnabout global issues on campus.

Its goal is “to infuse a global dimension throughout the University’s teaching, research and service activities, to deepen and broaden UNC’s global reach.”

Today UNC has global partnerships with more than 325 institutions around the world, including the National University of Singapore and the Galapagos Initiative.

On campus, is the FedEx Global Education Center which provides classroom space and is home to many of UNC’s centers for global studies.

With  six area studies centers as well as the Center for Global Initiatives, Global Business Center and Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases  you can explore any topic in any part of the world.

One example of Carolina’s international focus was the 2012-2014 campus theme of “Water In Our World,” which brought campus minds together to work on the global issue of access to safe water. The new campus theme about food will examine the issues of sustainability, access, nutrition and more both in North Carolina and globally.

How will Carolina help you become a global citizen?

To learn more about Carolina’s global initiatives, visit


Feb 27

2/27/15 Update: University Scheduled to Re-Open at 1 p.m.

Due to safety considerations, the University has extended its closed status Friday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. before reopening on a regular schedule.

Although we’re sorry that we’re unable to take your phone calls until 1 p.m., throughout the day we’ll continue to answer emails. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at Please know that your questions are important to us, and we will answer your email as soon as possible.

For the latest adverse weather conditions from the University, please visit Alert Carolina. For the latest news from the Admissions Office,  please continue to visit this blog.

Feb 26

2/26/15 Update: University Closed until Friday at 10 a.m.

UPDATE: Due to another round of winter weather, which included significant snowfall and freezing temperatures for our region, the University and the Admissions Office is closed until tomorrow (February 27) at noon. For the latest adverse weather conditions from the University, please visit Alert Carolina.

Although we’re sorry that we’re unable to take your phone calls at this time, throughout the day we’ll continue to answer emails. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at Please know that your questions are important to us, and we will answer your email as soon as possible.

For the latest news from our office, please continue to visit this blog.

Feb 25

…And I am a Tar Heel.

Media timeouts during basketball games are filled with fun videos or entertainment. One of my favorite videos has Carolina basketball alumni introducing themselves and saying “and I am a Tar Heel.” The crowd goes wild when Michael Jordan or Roy Williams comes on the screen.

There’s something very powerful about that phrase. I am a Tar Heel. When do you get to proclaim that? What does it mean?

The first question is easy. I remember the day I put down my enrollment deposit to Carolina. The next day, I wore a UNC shirt to school. “I’m officially a Tar Heel!” I tweeted.

The second question is something we’re still trying to figure out. I know with certainty that it’s something bigger than I can ever define in words. Over the last several weeks, though, I think we’ve come one step closer to finding the answer.

Recently, the Carolina family has been devastated by tragedy more times than we would have liked. In January, distinguished alumnus and former ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott lost his hard-fought battle against cancer. On February 7, we lost basketball coaching legend Dean Smith. On February 10, three beautiful students, Deah, Yusor, and Razan, were inexplicably taken from us. We were not fully prepared for any of these people to leave us, but through times of grieving and celebrating their lives, we learned what it means to be a Tar Heel.

I attended a vigil held for Coach Smith after seeing a post about it on Yik Yak. To my surprise, there were close to 200 students present, despite the lack of an official event. We stood in silence for about ten minutes and then linked arms and sang the alma mater. We raised our hands, pointed to the sign in front of the Dean E. Smith Center, symbolizing Coach Smith’s famous “point to the passer” rule. In that moment, being a Tar Heel meant giving each other the strength to cope with the loss. It meant embodying the idea of always doing the right thing and being loyal to everyone whose path you crossed, just as Coach Smith did.

Students gathered around in silence, remembering Coach Smith

Students gathered around in silence, remembering Coach Smith

Exactly three days later, I found myself at another vigil, this one in honor of Deah, Yusor, and Razan. This time, there were thousands of people in attendance. Most of us hadn’t heard of the three students until that day. Yet we showed up in full force, showing our support to their families and friends. We cried as we realized Deah, Yusor, and Razan were no longer with us, and we laughed as friends told stories of what wonderful people they were. In that moment, being a Tar Heel meant showing solidarity, standing up for what we believe in. It meant supporting members of the Carolina family no matter the circumstance. It meant honoring those who deserve it. It meant showing the world that love is, indeed, more divine than hate.

Overhead shot of the vigil, courtesy of the UNC General Alumni Association

Overhead shot of the vigil, courtesy of the UNC General Alumni Association

Calling yourself a Tar Heel is a privilege and an honor. Being a Tar Heel is a challenge and a triumph. Being at Carolina teaches you a lot about how to become a better person. The events of the past few weeks have shown me that together, Tar Heels are unstoppable.

My name is Pooja Panduranga, and I am a Tar Heel.


Pooja Panduranga is a sophomore Public Relations major with Spanish and Business minors. She is an Admissions Ambassador, co-chair of a Student Government committee, and a proud Tar Heel! She can be reached at

Feb 25

2/25/15 Update: University Closed until 10 a.m.

Due to another round of winter weather and hazardous travel conditions, the University and the Admissions Office is closed until 10 a.m. today. At that time, we plan to have staff available to answer your phone calls. However, and we’re very sorry, but with limited staff in the office, you may experience longer wait times.

We will be continuing to answer emails, however. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at Please know that your questions are important to us, and we will answer your email as soon as possible.

We do still plan on hosting an information session today at 10:30 a.m. in the Graham Memorial Kresge Foundation Room (039. However, your safety comes first and if you decide to reschedule, you may do so online on our Visit Page.

For the latest adverse weather conditions from the University, please visit Alert Carolina.  For the latest news from our office, please continue to visit this blog.

Feb 24

Meet Frank Wu, First-Generation College Student, First-Generation American

Senior Frank Wu ponders the exciting future ahead of him.

Today we update you on the story of UNC senior and Business Administration and Global Studies major Frank Wu, who has taken advantage of the many opportunities offered by Carolina and emerged as a leader on our campus and far beyond. He’s studied abroad twice, first in India and then as a Kenan-Flagler Business School Globe Scholar in Copenhagen and Hong Kong. What we admire most about this Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma scholar is that he’s committed to using his talents to improve the lives of others and will graduate this May as a Buckley Public Service Scholar. Read on to find out about his new job at Accenture!

About Frank: Originally from El Dorado Hills, California, Frank is the Co-Founder and Lead Director of Launch, a high school mentorship program. He has led an Alternative Spring Break, served as Executive Vice President of the UNC Asian Students Association, and currently serves as Treasurer of the APPLES Service-Learning Program. He has interned with both Intel and 2U. His family is originally from Shanghai, China and he is the first member of his family to attend college.

How did you choose your major? I chose Business Administration because it provides a background that is both qualitative and quantitative. In addition, there are many practical skills to be gained through the business school and these set me up to think about businesses within a certain framework. I chose Global Studies because I’ve always been tremendously fascinated by the way the world is intertwined. The major brought a lot of insights into certain aspects of the world that I never considered before. I also think it supplements my business degree nicely.

Favorite professor? Dr. Harms. She taught Management Communication (BUSI 401) for us and provided applicable and practical methods in approaching written communications and presentation competency in the business environment. It was one of few classes that taught real world skills.

How has living and learning among such a diverse student body helped you?  First, the development of communication and interpersonal skills. Living and learning with diverse backgrounds teaches you the need to tailor your communication to best convince and compromise with those around you. For example, understanding how diverse backgrounds perceive praise and critique in different ways is instrumental in succeeding.

The diversity at UNC more closely replicates teams in the real world workforce. When we work with those with the same beliefs and backgrounds, ideas often go unchallenged. However, research has shown that the best outcomes and solutions often come from a team that challenges each other’s beliefs and ideas. In order to have such a team, you have to select a variety of individuals of different backgrounds. Many companies have realized this, and work teams are becoming more diverse by the minute. As such, the opportunity to work with a diversity of students at UNC helps train you to become a more effective team member in the future.

Finally, in my opinion, the best way to become more empathetic is to take the initiative to understand where the people around you come from. The opportunity to constantly be exposed to different backgrounds at UNC, each unique in its own right, helps me understand those around me more. And by understanding my community, I can learn to how to better show empathy in different situations towards different individuals.

Why did you choose Carolina? The first place I had ever visited in the American South was Chapel Hill. At 17 years old, Chapel Hill was my first stop on a college road trip. At the time, I didn’t think too much about it. After receiving all my admissions decisions, Carolina provided a great financial aid package, Kenan-Flagler was an attractive option, and I wanted to explore a part of America where I had never lived before. As such, I ended up enrolling.

My “Why Carolina” story has taken place over my 3+ years at Carolina. Every day, I read about a Carolina student that has done something incredible for the school, the local community, or even sometimes, the world. Every day, I walk around the campus, taking in the truly unique environment we are blessed to see every day. And every day, I focus on my goals and realize that Carolina is constantly helping me achieve them. That’s why I am at Carolina.

Favorite memory? Being a part of the GLOBE program at Kenan-Flagler. Spending a semester abroad in Copenhagen and a semester abroad in Hong Kong, that is one unforgettable memory in itself. Having had the opportunity to travel to 19 countries during the program, it opened my eyes to ways of living that I have never seen before. From the European concept of “work to live” rather than the American “live to work” philosophy, to the simple pleasures in rural Cambodia, the opportunity to study abroad at Carolina has been my favorite memory. Chapel Hill is an experience in itself, but study abroad unlocks a larger experiential education opportunity in itself.

Favorite place on campus? I love the dining halls! I think some of the best ideas I’ve had are from conversations that occurred within the dining hall. It’s an easy place to meet up with friends when you’re living on campus.

Now, about that job! I received an offer from Accenture in mid-October and actually signed it on my dad’s birthday, on October 27.  Accenture is one of the world’s leading organizations for management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, with approximately 319,000 employees and offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 56 countries. I’ll be based in San Francisco, where I’ll work as a Strategy Analyst and perform analysis and conduct primary research to uncover insights, identify and validate value creation opportunities for our clients.

Feb 23

The Pit

The Pit at UNCThere is a theory that if you sit on the steps of the Pit for an entire day, you will be able to see every Carolina student walk by at some point.

Although the truth of this theory is difficult to prove, it sheds light on the idea that the Pit is a central point on campus. It can be seen as a symbol for the UNC Community, providing us with a place to gather together during our brightest and hardest moments.

Walking out into the Pit during a warm afternoon is like walking into a celebration.  There is so much lively energy to be felt by everyone. People sit on the steps to soak in the sun as they eat their lunches between classes.  Friends spot each other excitedly and begin to inquire about weekend plans.  Members of various clubs sit at tables and pub their upcoming events.  A cappella and dance groups hold performances to hint at what could be seen at their next shows.

The types of random events that could be held in the Pit are endless.  It would not be out of the ordinary to witness some sort of flash mob performing in the middle of the day.  One of my most vivid memories from freshman year was walking by the Pit after class and being caught in the swarm of people attempting to work their ways to the front of a crowd to catch a glimpse of a flash mob dancing to Gangnam Style.  During the same year, a ten-minute rave was held in the middle of the Pit during the night of our first reading day.  Students left the libraries and union to dance and let out the energy they had kept inside all day while studying.

The Pit can also be seen as a place of comfort, a spot to come together during times of hardship and remind ourselves that as a community, we are in this together. Such was the case when a vigil was held in honor of Deah, Yusor and Razan, three beautiful and talented individuals that we lost this month.  The night after the shooting, over a thousand students, faculty, and members of the Research Triangle community gathered in the Pit to mourn the unbearable loss. We stood and listened together as family and friends of the victims painted images of what it was like to have these amazing people in their lives.  Deah’s fellow classmates from the Dental School stood in the center of the crowd, arms wrapped around one another.  The Pit served as our grounds that evening for coming together for support in this time of devastation.

The Carolina community is what makes this university so special.  As a student body, we share the same roller coaster of experiences, some of them shaking our world for the better and some for the worse.  But they unite us. The Pit allows us to come together to bask in these emotions and integral moments that continue to shape our Carolina experience.

Sanjana Murthy is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina.  She studies economics with a minor in entrepreneurship. In her spare time, you can find her taking mindless strolls around campus, enjoying an Alpine bagel in the Union, or providing prospective Carolina students with campus tours as an Admissions Ambassador.

Feb 23

And the Winner of Our #UNC19 Contest Is…

We asked you to submit your #UNC19 celebration photos on Twitter, and we were blown away by the response we got.

Some made us laugh, some made us cry (happy tears of course!) But we had to narrow it down to four winners:

Twitter Fan Favorite

  • With 100+ favorites and 20+ retweets, Brianna Baker is the fan favorite. We hope that snuggie kept her warm during last week’s frosty temperatures!

UNC Fan Favorite

Instagram Fan Favorite

          • This admitted student is all ready to leave her “heelprint”:

instagram post

Office Favorites

UNC Admissions staff make a lot of tough decisions, but this might have been one of the hardest. After tallying the votes, we selected two office favorites.

  • We were happy to see this family’s love for UNC has spanned generations. Once a Tar Heel, always a Tar Heel.


  • This had two of our favorite things: Cute animals and the James Taylor classic “Carolina in My Mind.”


Thanks to all who entered! Winners, we’ll be sending your Student Stores gift cards in the mail. We’ll be running another contest in early April after Regular Decision applicants receive their decisions, so if you didn’t win this time, you have another chance.

Feb 20

Explore Carolina: Recap

Explore Carolina is one of our biggest events for newly admitted students who are considering attending Carolina in the fall. It is a conference-style event that allows students the opportunity to pick which sessions they want to attend based on their interests. Students can meet current students and faculty, learn about life at UNC, and hear about exciting opportunities that await them. It’s an immersive day filled with fun and information to give students a glimpse into life as a Tar Heel.

The first major session is the student services fair that was held in the Kenan Stadium, Blue Zone and featured more than ten campus departments and offices, including:

Each department had its own table, where student and families could either grab a pamphlet with more information, or have the opportunity to speak with a representative. Afterwards, students returned to the Hill Alumni Center where they had the option to choose between panels for sciences and engineering, humanities and social sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and journalism. For a full list of majors and links to the respective sites, check out our site here.

Students & their families sit in on the departmental panels

Students & their families sit in on the departmental panels.

Next was the opportunity to participate in a campus tour led by our admissions ambassadors, a financial aid information session, a student panel, a pre-health panel (including pharmacy, public health, nursing, and pre-med), and a student panel for parents. Our guests then had the option to be treated to lunch at either Rams Head (our south campus all-you-can-eat style dining hall) or the Agora (another all-you-can-eat style dining hall for residents that live in Granville Towers).

Unfortunately, the optional afternoon activities, open houses with a few of our campus departments, were cancelled due to inclement weather. However, visitors still had the opportunity to tour the model room in Craige Residence Hall.

We hope all of our visitors enjoyed themselves as much as we did. We’ll hold two more Explore Carolina sessions in April, so we encourage all admitted students to sign up through their MyCarolina account. For more information about Explore Carolina, check out the tweets below.