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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mar 30

FAQs for First-Year Applicants Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for first-year applicants with a decision. We’ve provided some FAQs for students offered admission, students students who were offered a place on the waiting list, and students whose applications were denied. To view the FAQs, please click on the individual links below or scroll down to the next three posts.

FAQs for Students offered admission
FAQs for Students with a waitlist decision
FAQs for Students whose applications were denied

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out the instructions for Viewing your Decision.

I applied as a first-year applicant, but I can’t see my decision. What do I do?
If your application is still under review, you should have received an email notification about when you’ll be able to view your decision. Please check your email for this notification.

If you haven’t received an email notifying you of a delay, and are unable to view your decision after following the instructions, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.


Mar 30

FAQs for Students Offered Admission

If you’ve been notified of your admission to Carolina through your ConnectCarolina Student Center, we hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We think you’ll have unmatched academic, research, study abroad, and student life experiences at Carolina. And our diverse and supportive community is unlike any other you’ll find.

I’ve viewed my decision in my ConnectCarolina Student Center and learned that I’ve been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll help you learn more about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the right fit for you. If possible, we encourage you to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An email invitation to Explore Carolina will be sent to you shortly, which will include instructions on how to register for the event in MyCarolina.

When you’re ready to enroll, please visit the Enroll section of our website for detailed information on next steps.

Will I receive a merit scholarship?
Applicants who have been awarded a merit scholarship will receive an email within a week of receiving their admission decision.

Students who are not initially offered a merit scholarship will have multiple opportunities to earn an award once they have arrived on campus. Please visit our website to find more information about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.

Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?
All students being offered admission were automatically considered for Honors Carolina, assured admission to our professional schools, and other special opportunities offered through the Excel@Carolina program. Those students who have been selected to participate in Excel@Carolina will soon receive a survey that will allow them to let us know more about their specific interests.

If you do not initially receive an invitation to participate in Excel@Carolina, please know that you’ll still have the opportunity to participate in many of these programs. All students who meet the GPA requirements may enroll in Honors courses on a space available basis, take advantage of the full array of Honors Study Abroad programs, and write an Honors thesis their senior year to be considered for graduating with Honors. Additionally, all students may apply for admission into any of our academic programs such as the Kenan-Flagler Business School and School of Media and Journalism once they meet the application requirements.

When will I hear back about financial aid?
All students who submitted both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive information about their aid packages shortly. 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 ConnectCarolina 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.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.


Mar 30

FAQs for Students with a Waitlist Decision

For those of you who received an offer to be included on our waiting list, 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. As the list is not ranked, we are not able to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit also varies a great deal from year to year. 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.

You can find more information about the waiting list here. Please let us know if you have any other questions by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Mar 30

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Denied

We know how hard it is to receive this kind of news, and we regret that your decision was not the one you had hoped for. Although we were honored to receive almost 36,000 applications this year, we only have space in the first-year class for about 4,000 students. We have to turn away many talented students who we know would do well here and contribute to the life of the University.

Why did you deny my application?
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 review each application multiple times, and ultimately we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for all of talented students who apply.

Is this decision final?
We’re very sorry but in almost all cases, yes, the decision is final. If a student truly believes a violation of the admission policy or a material error occurred during the application process, the student may file an appeal within 30 days of when his or her decision has been made available online. Only the student may file the appeal, and it must be made in writing. Please note that it is very seldom that an appeal results in a change of decision. To find out more about the Admissions Appeal Procedure, please visit the policies section of the admissions website.

If your application has been denied, and your heart remains set on Carolina, we encourage you to read on to learn more about the transfer student experience and how to apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?

If your heart is set on Carolina, please know this may not be the end of your journey here. Each year we enroll approximately 800 transfer students 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.

In fact, we’d like to share a story of a recent Carolina graduate named Holly Fisher. Holly’s application was initially denied when she applied to be a first-year student, but she later transferred to Carolina as a sophomore:

Holly Fisher

Holly Fisher BA ’14, MA ’15

“I grew up always knowing that I wanted to go to UNC. When I found out my senior year of high school that I didn’t get in to Carolina, I was extremely disappointed, but I was determined. I attended another school for my first year, all the while keeping my eyes on the prize: transferring to UNC. I worked harder that year than I’ve ever worked before, all in pursuit of eventually calling Carolina my school.

In March of my first year, all of my hard work finally paid off. I got my acceptance letter from UNC. It was a year later than I had hoped, but I still had so much possibility left at Carolina, so I transferred. To say that my first year at UNC was easy or comfortable, or being a transfer student is a simple move would not be truthful to my experience. Carolina is a difficult school—both to get in to, and to attend. Transferring was a challenge for me, but looking back, I’m so glad that I did it.

I graduated from UNC a couple of years ago, and started working on my Master’s Degree in Accounting, also at Carolina. I now work for a Big Four accounting firm in Manhattan, and I attribute a lot of this to having Carolina on my resume. I wanted to go to Carolina because it is full of tradition, history and prestige, and people all over the country recognize that. When I meet partners at my firm in New York, they immediately know my school. Most of these people have never set foot in North Carolina—but they know Chapel Hill. That kind of school recognition isn’t common, and it isn’t easy to attain. It certainly would’ve been easier to stay at my old school, where I built a life and countless friendships, but transferring has been one of the most challenging and most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made, and it led me to the opportunities that I have today.” – Holly Fisher BA ’14, MA ‘15

If you’d like to find more information about the transfer student experience, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We wish you the best of luck as you begin your college experience – whether you decide to apply as a transfer student in the future or if you find your new home at another college or university.

Mar 29

How to View Your Decision When Available

Here are the steps to view your decision when it’s available online.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.”
  3. Log in 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
  4. 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.

Internet Explorer

  1. In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to “Pop-up Blocker”
  2. Click on “Turn-Off Pop-up Blocker.”

Google Toolbar

  1. On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench.
  2. Go to the Tools tab.
  3. To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
  4. Click Save.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.
  2. Select the Content panel.
  3. In the content panel:
    •    Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.


  1. On the AOL Toolbar, click the Blocking Pop-ups icon, then click Turn Pop-up Controls Off.
    •    Note: The Pop-Up Blocker icon will display a green light symbol over a white window to indicate that you have enabled pop-ups on all websites.

Yahoo Toolbar

  1. Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
  2. Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.


  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button.
  5. In the “Pop-ups” section, select “Allow all sites to show pop-ups.”


  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
  2. In the “Web content” and “Internet plug-ins” sections, select “Block pop-up windows,” then deselect Enable JavaScript, Allow plug-ins, or both.

Or, for an older version of Safari, try

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click on the Safari Menu
  3. Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”

Mar 26

UNC Students Prepare to Head to Cannes with Original Film “Of Princes”

Many UNC students welcome summer by enjoying the Chapel Hill area, heading home, or starting internships come May. UNC juniors Riley Reid, Stuart Schrader and Jan Bergengruen will be kicking off summer in a different way—the three talented UNC filmmakers will be debuting their original short film Of Princes at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Reid, Schrader and Bergengruen have spent their time at UNC fostering their passion for filmmaking and video production. The juniors are co-founders of video production company Uninsincerity, and have produced numerous original works including a campaign ad for Student Body President Bradley Opere, a recruitment video for Alpha Delta Pi sorority and short film Of Princes

Schrader and Reid discovered their shared passion for media production during the beginning of their sophomore year at UNC. Schrader took the money he’d earned from restaurant jobs and invested in buying a professional video camera, a lighting kit and other equipment he’d need for his own media production company.

The Tar Heels took their passion and new equipment and founded Uninsincerity, and, just one year later, debuted the short Of Princes at Campus MovieFest. The short film went on to win a coveted spot in France’s Cannes Film Festival, where the filmmakers hope to gauge the potential for a full Of Princes series. Congratulations to these talented Tar Heels!

Mar 22

Meet a Tar Heel Philosophy Major

Meet James, a sophomore Philosophy and Public Policy double major from Fuquay Varina, NC.


Why Philosophy: “I chose Philosophy and Public Policy based on my career path. I am very interested in Philosophy and Public Policy and how those two disciplines intersect in the realm of law.”

Favorite professors: “My favorite professors have been Donato Fhunsu and Candis Watts Smith. Both of these professors show their enthusiasm for teaching every class. They also strive to build personal relationships with their students and really show that they care about their students’ achievement and understanding.”

Career Goals: “My career goal is to be a lawyer. Philosophy and Public Policy have been pivotal in the shaping of my future plans.”

Why Carolina: “Carolina is a place everyone can call home regardless of views, interests, and background. If you are looking to grow as a person, a scholar, and as a friend, Carolina is the place for you.”

Mar 22

Meet a Tar Heel English Literature Major

Meet Christopher, a first-year English Literature and Dramatic Art double major from London, England.


Why English Literature: “The English Department at UNC is exceptional and I chose to combine the study of literature with dramatic art to gain a deeper understanding of the way artists explore the human condition through a variety of mediums.”

Favorite English class: “My honors intro to poetry writing has been fundamental to my development as a writer, forcing me to concentrate and distill ideas, rooting my work in the tangible while remaining reticent about the abstract. The experience of a facilitated ‘workshop’ with your peers is something hard to find at the undergraduate level but something at which the Creative Writing department excels.”

Favorite English professor: “Ritchie Kendal transformed the way I approached literature by analyzing Early Modern English work as a tool for writers to discuss economic developments as opposed to simply analyzing the work itself. He displays acerbic wit, is humorous, kind and fiercely intelligent. It is just a shame he is retiring!”

Favorite humanities extracurricular: “I’m co-producing and directing an independent short film which allows me to engage with the creative community at Carolina. I also find particular pleasure working with the CoachWrite program where I develop the writing skills of young students in local Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools.”

Why Carolina: “The UNC intangibles are what will shape your life each and every day—they resonates with you and make UNC a place you can call home. And that is why I know you will choose Carolina.”

Mar 22

Congratulations to the Early Action #UNC20 Selfie Contest Winners!

We received a ton of great #UNC20 selfies from admitted Early Action students on Twitter and Instagram, but these seven “I’m in!” selfies won selfie glory and a free Carolina t-shirt. Thanks to all Early Action participants!

First entry: Lexie


Most retweets: Tommy (aka Beyonce)


Most likes: Mei


Best dog entry: Eliza


Most creative: The “us-ie” group from Smoky Mountain High School


Most school spirit: Caroline


Most likely to submit an epic last-minute entry: Austin


Mar 15

Welcome to Explore Carolina

By Anna Ross

On Monday, March 7, we had the pleasure of welcoming over 700 high school seniors to campus for our first Explore Carolina date of 2016! These students came from all over the country to see our campus, including as far away as Washington State, California, and Texas and as close as Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

After a short welcome session led by senior Admissions Staff, students had the opportunity to set their own agenda for the day. In the morning, this meant attending one of the eleven academic panels held throughout campus including ones about the Biology department, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the School of Media and Journalism.

At each panel, faculty and staff spoke briefly about the requirements, classes, and benefits of their departments and happily answered questions from students and parents. At the Journalism panel, Dr. Tuggle, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, spoke about the opportunities for students interested in broadcast to get involved on campus. Carolina Week, one of the three live broadcast programs put out by students weekly, has won seven Emmys!

Down the hall in the Biology session, faculty members spoke about the great research opportunities that are open to undergraduates. Parents also had the opportunity to ask questions about resources like office hours, peer mentors, and review sessions that are available for science majors.

After choosing between lunch in the Ram’s Head Dining Hall or at the Agora in Granville Towers, students could attend sessions on student services like Housing and Residential Education, Financial Aid, and Study Abroad. At this last panel, faculty and students helped to dispel some of the biggest myths about studying abroad. This included myths like Study Abroad is scary (the number one compliant is actually that they wish they could spend more time abroad) and too expensive (it can actually be less expensive than a semester at Carolina).

To end their day, visitors had the opportunity to go on a campus tour led by one of our Student Ambassadors, check out a Model Residence Hall room, or tour Granville Towers. Admissions Staff were also available throughout the day to answer any lingering questions.

Does this sound like a great experience? We encourage you to learn more on our website and sign up for one of our two remaining dates in April on MyCarolina. We can’t wait to see you there!