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Jun 29

Application open for UNC CORE Certificate Program

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For active duty military or veterans looking to accelerate their path to an undergraduate degree, taking classes on a college campus isn’t always feasible. Through the UNC Core Certificate Program, the University offers another way to serve these students who serve.

UNC Core is an undergraduate, distance-education Certificate program that offers general-education courses to active-duty service members in the US armed forces, veterans, and National Guard or Reserve members. While admission to UNC Core does not guarantee admission to degree-seeking programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, the program provides students with an introduction to college-level courses that form the foundation of an undergraduate degree at many institutions.

To learn more about this program and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Jun 24

Meet an Alumnus: Landon Sherwood

Meet Landon, from the UNC Class of 2015. He was a business administration major.
landon sherwood


Where He Works: U.S. Department of Justice

What he misses about UNC: “Carolina is a place full of people who want to make a difference. Whether it is in the classroom, in the lab, or on the field, you are surrounded by people who are ready to not only leave their mark on campus but the world. That kind of determination and drive everyone possessed really helped me be my best self and figure out how I was going to do the same.”

Most Influential Activity: “I was involved with Carolina For Kids Foundation -formerly UNC Dance Marathon- during my entire time as an undergraduate. The organization raises funds for the N.C. Children’s Hospital and covers expenses that medicare and medicaid do not. During my time with this organization, I saw just how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life. Furthermore, I saw what a group can accomplish when they band together for a cause greater than themselves. During my 4 years, we raised over $1.8 million for the patients and families of UNC Children’s. Carolina For The Kids showed me how compassion and determination can come together and transform lives.”   

Most Influential Class: “One of the most influential classes I took while at Carolina was a sociology of education class. The class helped me see the patterns of inequality prevalent in the American school system and ways in which I personally benefited from these patterns. After taking this class, I became very invested in educational equality and ways to reverse these trends to ensure that all students get the chance to maximize their education.” 

How UNC Has Helped Him: “Carolina has helped me combine my two loves- business and social justice- into a career. The business school helped me refine my analytical skills and really taught me how to break down a problem, evaluate different solutions, and make recommendations based off that research. My minor in social and economic justice exposed me to the inequities of race, class, and gender throughout our society and showed me ways in which we can begin to combat these issues. These experiences are what ultimately helped me set my eyes on working for the U.S. Department of Justice. I now come to work everyday knowing I am helping make a difference in someone’s life.”

Why Carolina: “As a Carolina student, you are afforded many opportunities to participate in a plethora of different activities that will both challenge and grow you. Carolina does an amazing job of helping students find and navigate these different opportunities. The faculty and staff want nothing more for you than to try something new or do something completely out of your comfort zone. They push these experiences because it is during these four years where you get to discover as much of the world and of yourself as you want. They are there to help you discover hobbies and passions you never knew you had. Then once you find those passions and hobbies, they are there to help foster and grow them.  That kind of support to do anything you want is pretty special and difficult to replicate. The best thing is that support does not end once you graduate. That support will follow you the rest of your life, wherever you go. Your Carolina family is always there to help you accomplish any goal you set for yourself.”


Jun 22

Meet an Alumnus: Stetson Starkey

Meet Stetson, from the UNC Class of 2016. He was a business administration major with concentrations in Consulting and International Business.

Stetson Starkey

What he does: Consulting Analyst for Accenture

What he misses about UNC: “The people (students and faculty) are what make Carolina so great. I miss them the most.”  

Most Influential Activity: “Studying abroad was by far the best decision I ever made in college. I spent a summer in Santiago de Chile and I also took two other global immersion electives to East Asia and the United Arab Emirates.”

Most Influential Class: “International Development with Dr. Larry Chavis greatly impacted my perception of how the world works. This class inspired me to use all my business knowledge for working to solve global issues. Also, Dr. Chavis has been my favorite professor!”

How UNC Has Helped Him: “One of my major personal goals this past year has been the nonprofit that I am starting with my sister. Tons of people at UNC have helped me so much with advice, support, and guidance for my new passion.”

Why Carolina: “UNC forced me to see the world in a different, more challenging way. I learned how to become a more complete person and I was able to further both my personal and professional goals. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a Tar Heel.”

Jun 16

C-STEP Expands To Robeson Community College

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) and Robeson Community College (RCC) in Lumberton are partnering to increase the number of RCC students transferring to and graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. With this agreement, RCC becomes the 10th North Carolina community college to partner with C-STEP and Carolina.

Through C-STEP, talented low and moderate income high school and community college students who enroll in one of the program’s partner colleges are guaranteed eventual admission to Carolina if they are admitted to and complete the community college portion of the program successfully.

“We are excited about our new partnership with C-STEP,” said Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Robeson Community College president. “This partnership will open new doors of opportunity for hard-working students, many of whom are from a diverse population, throughout Robeson County and help improve the prosperity of our community for years to come.”

“Carolina will be a better place because of the talents and perspectives brought by more students from Robeson County,” said Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admission. “We look forward to working with RCC to help students excel at Carolina, thrive here and ultimately graduate, thus achieving their goals of better lives for themselves and their families.”

Students invited to participate in C-STEP agree to earn an appropriate associate degree and participate actively in the program. While pursuing their associate degrees, C-STEP offers students special events, advising and transition and support services both at their home college and at Carolina. The program also provides transition and support services once students have enrolled at Carolina and are pursuing their bachelor degrees.

Jun 14

Stop Searching. Let Your Passion Find You.

By Emily Gregoire

Since I was little, art has dipped in and out of my life. I was never really into traditional art because I liked creating things that looked good, but were also functional. However, I never knew how to make a career out of that. I spent the summer before my first year of college trying to think of majors or careers that would satisfy the practical side of my mind along with the creative side. Nothing interested me, so I decided to stick with business.

Then, at FallFest my first year of college, I signed up for a campus magazine called The Well-Being on a whim. It surprised me that I even considered it because I had never done yearbook or newspaper in high school, and I was never interested in journalism in the slightest. But I wanted to try something new, meet new people, and get involved on campus, so I decided to go for it.

When I went to the first meeting of The Well-Being, I told the editors that I didn’t want to write, and I asked them what other positions were available. They suggested photography, copy editing, or graphic design, so I picked design. They assigned me my first spread to design, and I got to work watching Adobe InDesign tutorials on YouTube. It never even crossed my mind that this small campus magazine would be anything more than something to do outside of class.

Funny enough, I’m now in the School of Media and Journalism as a graphic design major. Who’d’ve thought?

I’m actually a double major in the MJ School and the Kenan-Flagler Business School, but since I had been considering business from the start, that part isn’t as surprising.

Looking back at that first spread I made, it was a total mess, but I was proud of creating something tangible that has a purpose, even if it was only for the 30 people who read the magazine. I loved it, and I wanted to do more.

So, I signed up for my first design class the next semester and never looked back. I’ve gotten involved with multiple other publications and organizations since then, just to be able to do graphic design as much as I possibly can. With each new project, my passion for graphic design grows, and these activities are the highlights of my college career.

Everyone tells you that your interests will probably change in college. I had hoped they would, but I never expected that the very first student group I signed up for on a whim would turn into my passion.

Jun 7

2016 Waiting List Update #2

We’ve recently offered admission to a limited number of students on the transfer waiting list and the first-year waiting list. All newly admitted students will have 2 weeks from the date of the letter they receive in the mail to accept or decline their place in the class.

Thank you to all of you who continue to wait patiently for a final decision. All candidates remaining on the waiting list will hear from us by the end of June. For the latest information, please continue to check this blog.

If you’d like more information on how we select students from the waiting list, please see our FAQs for first-years or transfers. We don’t rank the list in any way, so all students who accept a place on the waiting list are considered for any spaces that are available.

If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us through email at or by phone at 919-966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST. Thanks again.

Jun 6

When Application Anxiety Has Your Tongue

By Emily Gregoire

Applying to college is stressful. The uncertainty of where you’ll be in a year mixed with the stress of making sure you submit all the right materials can be overwhelming at times . However, finally submitting my application materials was one of the most satisfying moments of high school. I still had to work hard in school, but my fate was mostly out of my hands.

When the time came to apply for college, I had a list of nine different places. Over the summer before my senior year, I was able to take a look at the essay prompts for many of the schools, but I started to get anxious. Even with all my excitement about applying for college, in my mind, the essays to be written represented my future. Most of the other parts of my application were relatively fixed at that point. My GPA wouldn’t change again until after I applied to most of the schools, I had already chosen who I wanted to write my recommendation letters, and I was happy with my test scores. The only things I could truly affect on a day-to-day basis in my application were my essay answers.

But I procrastinated. After building up their importance in my head, the essays seemed like a bomb that was set to blow in January. I was trying to disarm the bomb blindfolded, and I wouldn’t know the result until I got my decision.

However, when the Common Application opened in August, that was my kick in the butt. So, I planned my approach. One essay at a time was all I had to do. Thinking about all of the different essay prompts I had to answer was completely overwhelming, and I found that waiting for inspiration to answer a prompt didn’t get me anywhere except more frustrated with less time. Eventually, I decided to pick one essay and brainstorm on it for a while. When I thought of an idea, I got started.

After finishing the first draft, I printed it out. By printing out each draft of my essays, it felt like I was doing something tangible. Then, I asked my mom if she would read over it and see if it sounded like me. My mom knows me the best, so she knew if I was spouting nonsense or not. I went back to the computer and edited, but there were two essays that I basically threw out and rewrote because they were too generic at first. Don’t be afraid to do that. It makes your ideas better.

Finally, I went through with a red pen and checked for grammar and spelling while making sure everything made sense. As the paper stacked into a pile, I felt less overwhelmed because I knew I was writing a better essay with each draft.

Looking back, applying for college taught me my first lesson about college. If I’m overwhelmed with a big task and a lot of requirements, I know to start early and take it one piece at a time. Don’t just wait for inspiration because you could be waiting for a long time. You have to put in work to make something great, and if you start the work early, it makes a big difference.

Jun 3

Out and About: LGBTQ Abroad
Beach, Chiba, Japan, L to R, Grant King, Yuko Yoshida

Grant King ’17 and Yuko Yoshida, a student at Kanda University, light firecrackers on a beach in Chiba, Japan.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, you’ll find faculty, staff, and classmates committed to opening access to international education to more students. The Center for Global Initiatives is spearheading a pan-university effort to involve more students in international education, regardless of academic discipline, age, disability, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. UNC seeks to accomplish this goal by addressing financial, cultural and institutional barriers to global education.

In this post, Grant King ’17, weighs in on how to navigate international travel as a person who identifies as LGBTQ. King, a linguistics major with a double minor in Japanese and speech and hearing sciences, studied abroad in Japan in 2014 as a Phillips Ambassador.

For many who identify as LGBTQ, studying abroad can seem both incredibly enriching and downright terrifying. How can I know whether I’ll enjoy my experience in another country? Will I be accepted by the people? Should I consider going back into the closet — if that’s even an option?

These concerns may give us a lot to worry about, but travel as an out-LGBTQ person doesn’t have to be so stressful.

As for any traveler, there are many dimensions of travel and cultural exchange for the LGBTQ individual to consider.

  • Will I be safe? – This is probably the most important question, the one your parents ask when you first tell them you want to go to a place they have never heard of.
  • Will I have fun? – Let’s be honest. Nobody wants to spend a fortune and 22 hours on a plane just to wish they were back home.
  • Will I connect? – Most of us hope that we will make some really great friends, both with other travelers and with locals. We want to enjoy and feel welcomed by the country and its culture. We want to see what it feels like to live a life different from our own.

The good news is that by using resources available to you, you can prepare yourself to have an awesome time regardless of your identity or destination.

Assistant director of the UNC LGBTQ Center Angel Collie, who spent years of his life as an international advocate for LGBTQ issues and traveled to 42 countries before the age of 30, says there are a number of factors working to your advantage abroad. Two of these factors are cultural differences and foreigner exceptionalism.

It may seem surprising, but gender and sexual stereotypes around the world are often completely different than in the United States. In some countries, such as Uganda, male friends regularly hold hands, an act often seen as a statement of sexuality in the U.S. In many Asian countries, standards of masculinity and femininity are also different. In his time in Kyrgyzstan, Collie was surprised that he was often identified as a woman because of his gauged earrings. In Korea, on the other hand, men regularly wear earrings and sometimes makeup.

It is nearly impossible to navigate the maze of all the cultural expectations and stereotypes of different countries around the world. That’s why, according to Collie, it’s a good thing you don’t have to be perfect.

Continue reading on the UNC Global website.

Jun 2

Fall 2017 Application Short Answer Prompts

Good news! The admissions committee has selected the UNC-specific short answer prompts for the Fall 2017 application, and we’re sharing them below. While the Fall 2017 application won’t be live on the Common Application website until August 1, 2016, we hope you’ll have the opportunity in the meantime to think about what you’d like to tell us in your responses. Your responses will help us get a better understanding of who you are, how you think, and what you might contribute to the University community.

First-Year Applicants
You’ll submit one essay as part of the main portion of the Common Application and two short answers specific to your application to Carolina. Keep in mind that your responses will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for merit-based scholarships and other opportunities available to First-Year Applicants, including Excel@Carolina.

One essay from Common Application: You will be presented with five prompts and asked to write an essay of 250-650 words in response to the prompt of your choice. These prompts are common to all schools who accept the Common Application, and you can view the prompts here.

Two short answers specific to UNC application: In addition to the essay you provide with your Common Application, please choose two of the following prompts and respond to each in 200-250 words. (Transfer Applicants will be asked to choose from these same prompts).

  • Tell us a story that helps us better understand a person, place, or thing you find inspiring.
  • What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
  • Tell us about a small goal you hope to achieve, whether in the next 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years.
  • What will be the best breakthrough—whether scientific, social, economic, or other—between now and 2025?

Transfer Applicants
You’ll submit one essay as part of the main portion of the Common Application and two short answers specific to your application to Carolina.

One essay from 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.

Two short answers specific to UNC application: In addition to the essay you provide with your Common Application, please choose two of the following prompts and respond to each in 200-250 words. (First Year Applicants will be asked to choose from these same prompts)

  • Tell us a story that helps us better understand a person, place, or thing you find inspiring.
  • What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
  • Tell us about a small goal you hope to achieve, whether in the next 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years.
  • What will be the best breakthrough—whether scientific, social, economic, or other—between now and 2025?

Looking for a few tips before you get started? Check out this past blog post from a senior member of the admissions team, Jennifer Kretchmar, Ph.D., who provides more insight into how we use your responses to learn about you.