By Anna Ross
The First-Year deadline to enroll is May 1, and the Transfer enrollment deadline is May 15. Please visit our website if you have any questions regarding the enrollment process: http://admissions.unc.edu/enroll/.
One of my favorite things about being on campus is passing by tour groups of high school juniors and seniors as they wind their way around the quad. I love hearing the tour guides explain the joys of sitting in the Pit during the spring, the fun of choosing the best first-year classes, and the strong sense of community that exists throughout campus.
As a senior, I can’t help but get excited for these students as they embark on the next stage of their lives, but I also remember what it was like when I was in their shoes just four, short years ago.
I fell in love with Carolina because of the amazing opportunities that it provides for students. In my time here, I have been involved in incredible organizations like Heelprint Communications, a student-run communications agency that does branding and design work for local businesses and student groups. I have met so many wonderful people through this organization and built friendships that will last past graduation.
I loved spending time on this beautiful campus, studying out on the quad and just watching as the rest of the school passed by. I had the chance to meet insanely talented professors and faculty members who taught me more than I ever thought possible. I know that I am leaving here with important skills like how to write clearly and collaborate in teams successfully — skills that will help me make an impact in whatever field I end up in. I am confident that I am prepared for the future, and I have UNC to thank for that.
So, with the enrollment deadlines quickly approaching, I encourage you to give Carolina your fullest consideration. It’s a great school, and I know that you’ll find your place in the Tar Heel family.
Anna Ross is a senior Advertising and Political Science double major from Winston-Salem, NC. She can be reached at email@example.com
Meet Ryan Shorkey. IB diploma graduate at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC. Founder of the Healthy Snack Bag Program at Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, which provides grab-and-go lunches for families of critically ill patients. Studied abroad in Costa Rica. Captain of the Rocky Creek Clay Dusters – a youth sporting clay shooting team. Worked part time as a lifeguard and sales associate at a men’s clothing store. Helped to raise $15,000 for Ducks Unlimited as his chapter’s publicity chair. Future Tar Heel.
With so many diverse interests, Ryan was drawn to the wide array of opportunities at Carolina.
“I chose to apply to UNC because it is the most well-rounded university in the country,” Ryan said. “It offers outstanding academics, a gorgeous campus, renowned athletics, amazing opportunities and a student body that is incredibly intelligent and talented, yet humble. I am so excited and very proud to be a Tar Heel.”
And we are so very excited to have Ryan as a part of the class of 2020. Come join Ryan in the class of 2020!
Dear Admitted Students,
More than 35,000 applications were reviewed by the undergraduate admissions directors this year, and less than a third of applicants were accepted. Through your hard work and perseverance, you were accepted into the illustrious UNC-Chapel Hill. For some students who were Tar Heel born, it takes no time for them to decide that Carolina is right for them. However, if you are like me, you are thinking carefully about all of the options that you have and choosing the right college for you. With May 1 quickly approaching, you may feel the pressure to choose between some great schools. However, there is no experience like Carolina. If Carolina is truly in your heart and mind, come!
I’m going to share my top five reasons of why you should #ChooseUNC.
Prestigious education: As the first public university, the coursework at UNC is rigorous, but manageable. The professors are there for you to help with the academic work, and even share outside resources and opportunities. Also, while you will put in work in your classes, you will still have enough time to hang out with friends in the Pit or be involved on campus!
Beautiful campus and location: Because UNC is located in the Research Triangle Park and the heart of North Carolina, it is near major cities and the state’s capital (so there is a lot to do)! Also, the campus is beautiful. Everything is located conveniently–the academic buildings, residence halls, dining halls, the libraries, the recreational facilities, and even the Pit and Union.
Financial aid: Carolina is affordable for anyone! I’ve qualified for the Carolina Covenant for the past two years, and I will graduate from UNC debt-free. However, the cost of attendance is one of the cheapest in the state for in-state students. Moreover, many out-of-state students say that the cost is comparable to some public and private schools in their home state.
Carolina athletics: If you’re at any athletic event, you can simply yell “tar” and everyone will respond “heels!” The school spirit is through the roof here, and our sports teams are nationally ranked and well-respected. The competitive athletics makes students passionate about wearing Carolina blue and the Tar Heel logo.
Diverse community: A lot of students will tell you that the friends that they meet here are unforgettable and lifelong. Also, with 33 percent of the incoming fall 2015 class identifying as students of color, Carolina offers a lot of diversity. There is so much to learn at Carolina past the academics, and a lot will be cultural exposure from different types of people.
Now that Carolina has said yes to you, you are probably debating if you should say yes to Carolina. Being the phenomenal student that you are, I am sure you have other options. Because May 1 is almost here, the real question is: Where can you see yourself this upcoming fall? If you can see yourself doing rigorous coursework, hanging with friends on Franklin Street, or cheering on the basketball team in the Dean Dome, then Carolina is for you. Hopefully you will choose UNC, because you love, appreciate, and can’t resist what Carolina has to offer (and honestly, this goes beyond my top five points). UNC has the full package—a rigorous and prestigious education, irresistible opportunities, incredible athletics, a wonderful college town atmosphere, and, most importantly, a strong, diverse community. It can’t get better than that!
From a Tar Heel who knows,
Achsah “Renee” Coleman is a junior majoring in Child Development and Family Studies. She works as a Communications Assistance for the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Rodrigo Bustamante. Future Tar Heel from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, FL. He’s passionate about activism and founded an organization called Dando Pasos that works to create awareness for human rights issues. He writes for UNICEF’s “Voices of Youth” and through this network, he was chosen to speak at the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Summit. Rodrigo has also run cross country and track for seven years and is an avid photographer.
“When I began putting together the list of schools I would apply to, I decided to add UNC because of the passion with which students spoke about the experience that taught them to bleed Carolina Blue,” said Rodrigo. “Over the next couple months, I came to know UNC as a place where discovery is not frowned upon but rather encouraged, as a community of selfless and passionate individuals, and through the camaraderie that unites the whole student body. By the time I visited campus, I knew I would be genuinely happy at Carolina. Through all these realizations, there was no other place I could call home, but UNC.”
Rodrigo is right. Students make discoveries every day at Carolina – from newfound interests to solutions for the world’s greatest challenges. Come join classmates like Rodrigo in class of 2020!
Just about a year ago, the Dare County Board of Education began seeking funding for a Carolina College Advising Corps (CCAC) adviser. The community came through, and by early summer recent UNC grad Seth Rose was making the rounds, meeting the three local high school principals. He spent July in training, and by late August he was in place. Now, the question is – how did we ever do without him?
On April 20 at First Flight High School, Yolanda Keith, Chris Barnes and Mary Melone represented the University of North Carolina and the Carolina College Advising Corps to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of the CCAC in the district. With First Flight High School Principal Arty Tillett, the attendees included County Commissioners, Board members, major donors to the program, and Superintendent of Schools Sue F. Burgess.
Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Corps aims to help low-income, first-generation and under-represented students apply to and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed. The Corps, a constituent program of the national College Advising Corps, places recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state where they serve as advisers. Each CCAC adviser helps out on several fronts – by assisting school counselors, who realistically don’t have the time it takes to give individual attention to students, and by being a near-peer – bringing in not only a cool factor but he is current on everything-college. The CCAC advisers do have time to spend to help with the FAFSA, to find the best match for students, to help edit college and scholarship essays, and answer other questions that occur to students. They also go on tours of colleges, where grant funding is available.
Keith said that on average, in schools or districts with a CCAC adviser, college admission is generally increased by 10%. But the problem for Dare County, especially being in such a remote location, is that of retention – kids not opting to “come home” but to stay and thrive on the campus of their choice. The match and fit part of Rose’s toolbox helps out with that.
There were four students at the table who had personal stories of how Rose had helped them, and with each story one had to think – where would these kids be going to school – or what plans would they have – were it not for Rose’s interventions? First Flight High School seniors Ian Kenny and Peter Yanacek, and Manteo High School seniors Dora Tovar and Sydney Putnam all had different takes on the ways in which they have been and are being advised by Rose. The two big things were filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) correctly to receive maximum benefits, and to apply for individual school scholarships, which can be the difference between going to a school or not. Rose encouraged following their school or schools of choice on Instagram and twitter – for that matter, FAFSA also has a twitter feed!
Rose also volunteers to participate in school events – such as plays and announcing for spelling bees. These kids, plus many of the district’s juniors and several sophomores – hold Seth Rose in very high esteem. Next year, another adviser will be assigned to Dare County, making room for another near peer – but Rose’s impact will be felt for many years to come.
Many thanks to individual contributions and the major donors who have made this program possible in Dare County – Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Bear Drugs, Brew Thru, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Hooker Sportfishing, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, E.R. Midgett Insurance, Outer Banks Community Foundation, North Banks Rotary Club, and TowneBank of Currituck.
To learn more about the Carolina College Advising Corps in Dare County, view our video.
Author: Sharon Perry Sullivan, Community Relations Coordinator, Dare County Schools
Meet Tarik Woods. He’s not only passionate about public policy, he has a true knack for getting things done. He’s received state and national-level awards for his leadership. He was voted “Most Effective Leadership” at Boys State and has co-written a bill (Juvenile Justice Reform bill 223) with two other members of the Young Politicians of America that is expected to make it to President Obama’s desk by July after passing the US House and Senate.
In Tarik’s own words: “We did this because we saw that in multiple states juveniles were being charged as adults for simple misdemeanors and having records that ruined their lives. It is an attempt to reduce crime recidivism with young people.”
Tarik has been honored for a leadership group he started called Rowan County Student Leaders, has served as Salisbury High School’s student body president, founded his school’s debate team, works a part-time job and plays the piano and saxophone.
When asked why he applied to Carolina, he said, “Chapel Hill is not just a university where I felt I would learn and grow academically, but I feel I have the ability to affect the academic and social growth of others. I drew close to UNC after my first visit because almost immediately I saw that the Tar Heel family was extensive to all, classmates, alumni, and others. I want to make a powerful impact on the world one day and UNC feels like the best place, with the best resources, and the best people, to help me make that a reality.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Come join Tarik in the class of 2020!
As the May 1 deadline for first-year enrollment approaches, we thought you might enjoy meeting another one of your new classmates! Meet Mariah Evans, an admitted first-year student who will be joining our community this fall. Born in New Orleans, Mariah lived in Dubai for the first two years of high school. She is a current senior at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, N.C.
When asked why she applied to Carolina, Mariah said, “As a junior, I was convinced that I would not go to college in North Carolina. After living in Dubai, UAE, for two years, I was determined to study in a major metro area – bigger than Raleigh or Charlotte. By April, my counselor had persuaded me to visit Carolina and upon arriving on campus, I realized that I had been wrong in generalizing the entire state. Standing in front of the Wilson Library, something clicked. I knew that Chapel Hill is where I belong.”
Mariah’s experiences in Dubai lit a fire in her for social justice as she responded to the poverty she witnessed by filling a school bus with food & hygiene products and then delivering the care packages to labor camps. She’s also a top debater – competing in Dubai and Singapore, co-founder of a cheer squad, and works part-time at Papa John’s pizza.
After visiting campus in January, Mariah said, “I left UNC confident that Chapel Hill is full of intelligent students and an insightful staff that are genuinely interested in creating a better world, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be included in that community.”
We’re also thrilled that Mariah will be a part of our community! Come join Mariah in the class of 2020! And stay tuned to this blog for even more profiles of your new classmates.
If you’re a recently admitted transfer student, and you’re eager to get started at Carolina, then you may be interested in a new opportunity, the Summer Transfer Program: Transition and Thrive. This special program combines the benefits of attending Summer School along with opportunities to meet other transfer students and to build a network right away. The program will take place during Summer Session II from June 20 to July 26.
By just taking two or three classes, students are able to earn credits toward their degree and gain a sense for the academic rigor at Carolina without feeling overloaded. With fewer students on campus, students get to know the community and campus resources on a more intimate scale.
Additionally, students who participate in the program may be eligible for financial aid not normally available to students attending Summer School as well as free campus housing for the duration of the program. The deadline to apply for this special program is May 1.
We look forward to welcoming you on campus this fall…or this summer!
By Jordan Black
Taking summer courses is one of the best choices I’ve made during my time at Carolina. At first, the classes may appear overwhelming since they are taking place over such a short amount of time. That fear quickly fades at the beginning of the summer once you realize that because you’re only taking one or two courses at a time, you can focus on them without worrying about other classes. For me, this has made it much easier to succeed in difficult classes that require more of a time commitment.
I’m a pre-med student which means I’ve had to take some pretty rigorous courses that require a substantial time commitment. I truly wanted to learn all the material in these courses and thought it would be best for me and my style of learning to take some of them during the summer when I had more time to devote to them. Chemistry 101, Anatomy and Physiology, and Spanish are just some of the courses I’ve taken during the summer at UNC. I knew in advance that the Anatomy and Physiology course was going to be challenging and a friend of mine recommended I take it over the summer because in her experience it was much easier to focus on the material without other courses diverting her attention. I ended up doing really well in the class and was able to dedicate the fall semester to other courses I needed to take.
On top of that, the environment on campus is much more relaxed over the summer. There are less distractions and smaller class sizes which allows for more interaction with professors. Taking courses at UNC in the fall and spring semesters is obviously a great experience, but I think the summer sessions at Carolina are a unique opportunity for students to tackle more challenging topics and really immerse themselves in a subject. It’s also a great way to catch up on graduation requirements, especially for transfer students.
Taking summer courses at UNC is a great way to spend the summer. There are so many interesting courses offered at UNC that sometimes I feel like I don’t have the time to take all the classes I want to take while still fulfilling my degree requirements. Summer school allowed me to dive into material that I found interesting and wanted to devote more time to. I highly recommend taking a summer course if you share this same passion for learning.
Interested in summer school at Carolina? Classes run from May 11th to July 26th. Here’s how to sign up! http://summer.unc.edu
Jordan is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Radiologic Science.
UNC students have been producing inspiring products, ideas and work since the University first opened its doors in 1789. Many of these ideations have come to fruition in the form of successful businesses or philanthropic endeavors. Unfortunately though, not every student at UNC has the same resources to bring their ideas to life and as a result, the world loses out on all of the valuable insights those students have to offer.
BeAM@Carolina is trying to change this. BeAM stands for “Be A Maker” and is a university program that offers UNC students the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. With two campus locations and a third location opening soon, BeAM provides extensive shops and collaborative spaces equipped with tools such as 3D printers and robotics that are there to help students create. The two completed BeAM spaces currently operate out of the Kenan Science Library and the Hanes Art Center. The third space, which will open by the end of April 2016, is located in Murray Hall. There are also plans to incorporate additional BeAM spaces in residence halls across campus.
Some UNC courses have already taken advantage of these creative spaces such as JOMC 390. The School of Media and Journalism course, also known as “Workroom,” used the BeAM space in the Hanes Art Center to construct wooden tables for an entrepreneurship project they are currently working on.
“I had no idea the space even existed,” claimed senior Brooke Alexa Wilson, “but it was such a cool environment that I wish I had more time to take advantage of before I graduate.”
BeAM’s purpose at UNC is to inspire students, faculty and staff to make while at the same time providing them with all the tools they’ll need to succeed in their creative endeavor. BeAM hopes to bring together the artist and the engineer, the scientist and the performer, and the entrepreneur and the healthcare worker to solve problems and produce solutions.