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Jun 30

2015 Final Waiting List Update

Yesterday we released the first-year waiting list. All students can now log into their ConnectCarolina Student Center to view the updated decision.

As we shared previously, we had a very strong response from our first-year students this year and so unfortunately we have had very little room for waitlisted candidates. In all, we were able to admit fewer than 75 first-year students from the first-year waiting list.

We’re very sorry to disappoint so many students, especially since our waitlisted applicants have waited over 3 months to receive this decision. The reason it took so long is that we wanted to see if any more openings would be possible, and unfortunately there were very few. We appreciate your patience very much. The outcome of the waiting list is always unpredictable, and in recent years it ended up being much tougher than most.

We wish all our waitlisted candidates the very best as they begin their college education. As always, we are happy  to assist you if you remain interested in attending the University after one or two years of study elsewhere. We wish you the very best at your chosen schools, and we know you will do wonderful things there!

Please let us know if you have questions.

Jun 25

Summer at UNC

By Caroline Ellis

Caroline Ellis is a senior majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She can be reached at

My sense of adventure has always been a characteristic that was an important part of my identity. My love of roller coasters, tree climbing and any and all high adrenaline activities—fearlessness, I like to call it—is one of my defining characteristics. That said, I admit that adventure is not always easy to find. My semester in London spoiled me with an adventure around every corner from traveling to a different country on the weekend to riding a giant Ferris wheel to get a 360-degree view of the city. I was never bored.

Chapel Hill in the summer is so drastically different than the year in Chapel Hill. The campus is much quieter; one time I walked from the Undergraduate Library to Cameron Avenue and saw no signs of life. The town has an overall calmer feel than when it is buzzing with students. Finding adventure during the summer is a must; it’s the best time for it with the weather and the overall free feel. There are the basics—catching a movie at the Varsity, eating at Bskis, maybe even catching a live band at He’s Not Here, but then you’ve got to get creative.

This summer I have the opportunity to intern at a communications firm in Raleigh. Downtown Raleigh definitely has a more metropolitan feel than the easily walkable Chapel Hill, but it definitely also has its own perks. Being more of a city, Raleigh offers events almost every day of the week, the highlight being the Friday outdoor movies with this year’s theme being Flashback Friday. Two weeks ago Raleigh even hosted a food truck rodeo, which was a great Sunday activity since it’s not too far away.

Eating isn’t the only option, though. With local disc golf courses and lakes galore, Chapel Hill is a central location to foodies and hikers alike. You might even stop by a local swing dance, like I did, or just go on a long drive through the back roads to take in the scenery.

To answer any doubts, no I am not a Chapel Hill or Raleigh promoter. These are all activities that my friends or I have actually done, and that only includes this summer. The campus may be empty, but there is no shortage of things to do, you just have to be willing to make your own fun sometimes. And if all else fails, a nice movie night with your housemates never fails as a quality option, because sometimes it’s not about what you do, but who you do it with.


Jun 18

Tips For Networking

By Hannah Freyaldenhoven

Hannah Freyaldenhoven is a senior majoring in Journalism-Public Relations and minoring in English. She is a member of the UNC equestrian team and writes for Blue & White Magazine. She can be reached at

As a rising senior, this summer has been important to me for two reasons. For one, it is my last real summer vacation before I hit the “working world.” But also, it is an important time for me to network. Once you hit the college campus, you will start to hear the word “network” constantly. Everyone tells you to network, but it can seem like a daunting task. With several internships under my belt, I’m here to give you a couple tips to make the process a little less intimidating!

The goal of networking is to meet potential employers so that you can begin to build a relationship with them before you even submit an application. This way you stand out among other applicants, which hopefully helps land you the job! During your first year at UNC, there are three important things you can do to network as you begin to decide on your major: create a LinkedIn account, attend University Career Services events and guest lectures, and make a habit of following up with new connections.


LinkedIn is an online platform where you can post your résumé and connect with others to view their profiles and professional experience. As you begin to join clubs on campus and develop professional skills you should keep your profile up to date. LinkedIn allows you to search people working in the area who also attended UNC, so it is a great way to network with alumni.

Career Services

University Career Services (UCS) is another great way to meet alumni and hear from local and national businesses that are looking to hire college students. You can follow UCS on twitter at @uncucs or go to their website,, to learn about upcoming events. Every month they host multiple different workshops or speakers to help you improve your résumé, practice interview skills, or meet potential employers.

Aside from UCS, your professors will probably invite guest speakers to visit your class or departments may host guest lectures in the evenings throughout the year. These are also great opportunities to meet people who are currently working in the field you are interested in.

Following Up

As you attend these events it is crucial that you follow up with the people you spoke with. This is the most challenging part of networking and soon it won’t even faze you. It may seem strange at first to email someone you only spoke to for a couple minutes, but I promise they will only be impressed that you took the initiative to reach out. Connect with them on LinkedIn and send them a quick email to thank them for answering your questions.

This summer I am interning at an advertising agency in Raleigh all because I decided to stay after class and introduce myself to a guest speaker. I sent the guest speaker an email afterward and ended up discussing internship opportunities with her. She helped me land an interview and advocated for me to receive the internship because she remembered speaking with me in person. It was great to see a familiar face on my first day in the office. Now that I have my foot in the door I am continuing to network within the office and meet as many people as I can.

I encourage you to take advantage of as many opportunities to meet professionals working in your field of interest as possible! They have tons of insight and helpful tips that you don’t learn in the classroom. I hope that these tips ease some of the stress that comes with applying to jobs and internships and put you ahead of the game. Feel free to reach out if you have questions about beginning to network, good luck!


Visit the UCS website,, for more information!


Post your resume on and connect with others!

Jun 9

2015 Transfer Waiting List Update

We remain very grateful to the many students who accepted a position on our Transfer Waiting List. However, as we suspected earlier and communicated through a previous update, we regret that we are unable to offer admission from our Transfer Waiting List this year. Our transfer enrollment was very strong this year, and unfortunately, we had no additional spaces available. Students who accepted a position on the Transfer Waiting List were notified on Friday through their Connect Carolina Student Center.

Again, thank you for your patience and continued interest in Carolina. We wish you all success as you continue your education.




Jun 1

Fall 2016 Application Essay Prompts

After much discussion among the admissions committee, we’ve now selected the essay prompts for the 2016 application. We hope they will inspire you to write an essay that will help us understand who you are, how you think, and what you might contribute to the University community. Keep in mind that your essays will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for merit-based scholarships and Excel@Carolina.

First-Year Applicants

You’ll submit two essays, the first of which is from the main part of the Common Application. These prompts are common to all schools who accept the Common Application and you can view the prompts here.

The second essay will be specific to the UNC application. You’ll choose one prompt and respond in an essay of 400-500 words. Here are the questions:

  1. Teen activist and 2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”. For whom have you raised your voice?
  2. Students learn both inside and outside the classroom. What would other members of the Carolina community learn from you?
  3. You get one do-over of any moment in your life. What would you do over, and why?
  4. You’ve been invited to give a TEDtalk. What is yours about?
  5. There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th?

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants will also submit two essays this year. The first essay is from the main part of the Common Application. You’ll be asked to respond to the following prompt in an essay of 250-650 words: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

The second essay will be unique to the UNC transfer application. You’ll choose one of the following prompts and respond in an essay of 400-500 words:

  1. What bothers you about your world? What could you do to change it?
  2. How do you define wisdom?
  3. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.
  4. Why do you do what you do?
  5. UNC Computer Science Professor Frederick P. Brooks discovered what has become known as Brooks’ law – “adding more man-power to a late project will make the project later.” Tell us about a counterintuitive or surprising solution to a problem you stumbled upon in your life.