Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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

Jan 27

High Traffic on ConnectCarolina – UPDATED

The ConnectCarolina performance issues have been resolved, and all students should be able to view their decisions now.  We apologize for the difficulties you may have experienced, and we greatly appreciate your patience.  For the latest updates from our office, please continue to visit this blog.

Jan 27

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all those Early Action applicants with a decision. For FAQs by decision outcome, please click on the individual links below or scroll down to the next three posts.

FAQs for Students Offered Admission
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Deferred to Regular Decision
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Denied

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.

I applied as an Early Action 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.

If you haven’t been notified of a delay, and are unable to view your decision after following the instructions, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621.

We are so honored by your interest in Carolina and enjoyed getting to know you through your application. Please contact us if you have additional questions. As always, we’re here to help.

Jan 27

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.

I’ve viewed my decision in my ConnectCarolina Student Center and learned that I’ve been admitted! What do I do next?
Over the next few weeks, we’ll help you learn more about Carolina. If possible, we encourage you to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An email invitation to Admitted Student Day 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.

Am I being considered for any special opportunities such as merit scholarships or Honors Carolina?
All students being offered admission were considered for merit scholarships and other special opportunities. Students who have been selected for one of these programs will be notified over the next several weeks.

If you are not initially invited to participate in one of these programs, please note that you will be able to apply to many of these programs once you’re on campus.

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.

Jan 27

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Deferred to Regular Decision

If you received notification that your application has been deferred to the Regular Decision pool, we’re sorry to ask you to wait longer for a final decision, and we promise to be back in touch with you by the end of March. Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for Deferred Students. We’ve summarized some of the points below as well.

What does a deferral mean?
A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information – about your performance this school year and about our applicant pool – in order to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will soon be asked to report, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.

What are my chances?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict at this point. On our FAQs, you can see that we ended up offering admission to 339 deferred students last year and 423 the previous year. We won’t know until March how many we’ll be able to admit this year.

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Submit your midyear grades online. You will receive an email the first week of February with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. We do not need an official midyear transcript; instead you’ll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well. Our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. Beyond that, all you can do is wait and focus on successfully completing your final year of high school.

Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes! The Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1, so you’ll still want to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile in case we are able to admit you. This will then allow you to be considered for the fullest array of financial aid opportunities. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621. We wish you a successful finish to your senior year and thank you for your patience as you wait for a final decision.

Jan 27

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. We have so many talented applicants – more than 24,000 for Early Action this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year class. 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 the 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 review, 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.

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.

Jan 27

High Traffic on ConnectCarolina – UPDATED

We are very sorry, but due to high traffic on ConnectCarolina, we are continuing to experience performance issues on our server. While some students have been able to view their decisions, we understand that others are experiencing difficulties, and again, we apologize. If you are unable to access ConnectCarolina at this time, please try again later.

We are currently working with our technical team to try to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For the latest updates from our office, please continue to visit this blog. We plan to post another update around 7:30 p.m.

Jan 25

How to View Your Decision When Available

By the end of January, students who applied for the First-Year Early Action deadline can expect to receive their decision unless they are otherwise notified. Here are a few tips on how to view your decision when it’s available in Connect Carolina.

Note: ConnectCarolina will be unavailable the evening of Thursday, January 26 from 5:00 pm until 12:00 am. During this time, you will be unable to create your GUEST ID and reset your password to log into Connect Carolina.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.
  3. Login 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. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options
  2. On the Privacy tab, under Pop-up Blocker, select or clear the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box, and then select OK.

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 Content from the left side navigation.
  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. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under “Privacy,” click Content settings.
  6. Under “Pop-ups,” select an option:

• Allow all sites to show pop-ups


  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
  2. Select “Block pop-up windows,” then deselect Allow WebGL and Allow Plug-ins.

Or, for an older version of Safari, try

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

Jan 20

Interested in a pharmacy career? Attend special program on Feb. 18 at UNC!

Are you a high school student interested in a pharmacy career? Are you curious about the role of pharmacy in healthcare? If so, you should consider participating in LEAD, the Carolina Leadership Excellence and Development Program, which is being hosted by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

LEAD is a dynamic and multifaceted one-day program designed to inspire and develop a diverse generation of leaders primed to serve a global society. A session just for high school students is being offered on February 18.

At LEAD, you may explore the various degree programs offered at UNC such as:

  • PharmD
  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MPH
  • MS
  • PhD

At the event, you ‘ll also have the opportunity to interact with current pharmacy students and faculty to learn more about this exciting discipline. You’ll build your leadership potential and network with leading clinicians and researchers in the field.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the #1 Pharmacy School in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, is an internationally recognized leader in pharmacy practice, education, and research. We develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.

The deadline to participate in LEAD has just been extended to February 8. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about how you could make a difference in human health worldwide! Apply today here.

Questions? Contact

Jan 20

My Tar Heel Experience: Anderson Sullivan


A lot can happen in 24 hours. On March 24-25 over 2,000 UNC students will stand for 24-hours to support the patients and families of UNC Children’s. This year, I will join them for the fourth time.

My first year, it was simply a challenge with friends to stand for a full day, but now it’s the biggest event of the year for Carolina For The Kids, an organization that has shaped my college career.

Last year Carolina FTK, the largest student-run philanthropy in North Carolina, raised over $614,717.71. Throughout the year Carolina FTK raises money through things such as benefit nights, races, and dancer fundraising, allowing them to provide grants and programs for UNC Children’s. This all cultivates in the 24-hour dance marathon every spring, where the final fundraising total is revealed.

During the marathon, patients and families of UNC Children’s visit to tell their stories. It was during that time my first year, when a family was telling the dancers about the difference Carolina FTK made in one of the most stressful times of their lives, that I knew I wanted to be more involved.

The next two years I was a publicity committee member and now I serve as the media chair for the publicity committee. I am eternally grateful that I took the leap to sign up to be a dancer my first year and every opportunity is has given me since then. Here are three things that Carolina FTK has added to my Carolina experience:

1. A Passion for Volunteering

I have always been an active volunteer, but Carolina FTK has a passion for volunteering and improving the lives of others that you rarely find elsewhere. Joining a group of people so passionate about the cause that they are working for makes you even more eager to help those in need.

2. A Network at UNC

Carolina FTK makes this big campus a little smaller. Gathering over 2,000 Tar Heels all dedicated to the same cause generates a special energy, and that doesn’t stop after those 24 hours spent at the marathon. The people you meet through Carolina FTK are all passionate and dedicated students that you want to be a part of your circle.

3. Valuable experiences

Carolina FTK gives you the chance to have experiences that you would rarely get to be a part of. You can participate in Parents’ Night Out, where you go to the hospital and interact with and serve a meal to the parents who have children staying the hospital. Or, you can volunteer in the Children’s Play atrium, an area that gives patients a chance to remember being a child and play on an indoor playground. These are just a few of the experiences being a part of Carolina FTK gives you.

Whether it be with Carolina FTK, or another organization, I hope that everyone finds something to be a part of like Carolina For The Kids. It is a part of the college experience that you will not regret.

Jan 17

Meet an Alumnus & Innovator


Tell us about yourself!

I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies. Currently, I am a director at a company called Royce which brings unique experiences to the world of fashion accessories. I’ve been featured by The New York TImes, NBC’s Today, and Glamour Magazine for creating an innovative location-based tracking device placed in wallets, so you never lose your valuables again. We’ve sold this product to retailers like Selfridges and proudly have our own shop at 424 5th Avenue, New York in Lord and Taylor.

Additionally, I am a partner at a tech company providing thousands of language interpreters across 220 languages on-demand through an IOS and Android mobile application called OPI Translate. Most recently, we provided our donated our interpretation services to HIAS, the oldest refugee resettlement agency in North America.

How has Carolina prepared you for post-grad life?

The most influential experiences at UNC Chapel Hill were in the African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies Department with mentoring from professors like Professor Robert Porter, Dr. Kenneth Janken, Dr. Charlene Regester and Dr. Eunice Sahle. These passionate academics taught me to analyze the dynamics of power and how its constructions are manipulated to help or hurt different communities depending on race, class and ideology.  

How has Carolina helped you with your personal goals?

Carolina has transformed many of my personal goals into collective goals. I graduated from this University with humility and critical reflection on my role in leading more inclusive action within our world. One of the shortcomings of our society is we focus on our personal development without reflecting on how we positively or negatively impact the environments we occupy. In the future, I want to better listen to the needs of people within my community, so I personally can become a more respectful and inspiring leader.  

Why Carolina?

Carolina is a determined community of activists on a quest for social change. Our students question close-minded coercion, we search for cohesive coalitions, and we use the fluidity of our liberal arts education to mobilize responsible action.

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