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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jul 26

Incoming First-Year Wins World Championship

We have a world champion in our Class of 2020!

(Raleigh News & Observer File Photo, May 2016)

Incoming first-year Marcus Krah of Durham, N.C., took home the gold medal for the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletic Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland last week. His winning 13.25-second run was a career best.

Rising sophomore Nicole Greene also competed at the high jump, where she finished as the top American in fifth place. Greene was an All-American high jumper for UNC during her first year.

Want to join a community of champions? Apply to Carolina for Fall 2017 admission. Stay tuned to this blog for more details.

Jul 26

UNC School of Media and Journalism Wins National Competition

The University of North Carolina has achieved the status of “the University of National Champions.” (Again.)

The School of Media and Journalism announced on June 3rd that their students had won the 2016 Hearst Championship. UNC has now won the Championship for two years in a row, with top 5 finishes every year since 2004.

The Hearst Journalism Awards hosts year-long competitions for writing, photojournalism, radio news, television news, and multimedia news for undergraduate students. 108 member colleges and universities from around the country with accredited journalism programs participate and compete. Schools earn and accumulate points over the year for student-made journalism.

UNC MEJO (Media and Journalism) placed 1st in Photojournalism, 1st in Broadcast, 2nd in Multimedia, and 5th in writing. Individual students received awards as well. Read more here.

Jul 5

Frequently Asked Questions about the New SAT

If you are considering applying to Carolina for Fall 2017 and beyond, here is some information about how we will evaluate tests scores now that students have begun taking the redesigned SAT (March 2016). While test scores are important, please remember that they are only one part of our holistic review. Academic program and performance, along with activities, essays, and the letter of recommendation, will continue to be significant factors in our evaluation.

Our advice is to do your best, but try not to stress. (Easier said than done…we know)!

If you have questions about the SAT itself, please visit the College Board website for more details about how the test has changed.

Do you prefer the SAT over the ACT?
No. We encourage students to take the exam that suits them best. While only one exam is required, some students may choose to submit scores from both exams. In that case, we use the test results from whichever exam is most advantageous to the student.

Will you accept SAT scores from the old test and the new test?
Yes. We will accept scores from either the previous SAT or the redesigned SAT. If you’ve taken both versions, you aren’t required to submit scores from both, but you can if you’d like.

How will you evaluate scores from the previous version of the SAT with those from the redesigned version?
The College Board is providing a concordance table that will allow us to compare and align scores from the previous version of the test with those from the redesigned version.

Will you superscore the redesigned SAT?
Yes. We will continue to superscore the exam. That means if you have taken the redesigned SAT multiple times, we will use your highest individual SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores to calculate your combined score.

Will you superscore the previous SAT and redesigned SAT together?
No. We will superscore results from the same version of the exam, but we will not combine scores from the two versions.

Will you require students to take the essay portion of the exam?
No. The essay is not required for your application to Carolina. Also, if you plan to take the ACT, you should know that we no longer require students to submit the writing portion of the ACT.

However, as testing requirements differ at each institution, we advise that you read the requirements of each school carefully if you plan to apply to other colleges and universities.

Jul 1

2016 Final Waiting List Update

Yesterday we posted final decisions for remaining students on the first-year and transfer waiting lists. Students can now log into their ConnectCarolina Student Center to view their decision.

Because we had a very strong response this year, we had very few spots in our incoming first-year and transfer classes available for students on the waiting lists. We were able to admit fewer than 65 students from the first-year waiting list and fewer than 40 students from the transfer waiting list.

We’re sorry to disappoint the many students who have waited for a final decision. We greatly appreciate your patience as we used the time to see if any more openings would become available.

As always, we are happy to assist you if you have questions or remain interested in attending the University after one or two years of study elsewhere.  You may contact us at through email at or by phone at 919-966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Whether you find your new home at another institution or apply to Carolina as a transfer student, we believe you have a bright future ahead of you. We wish you the very best as you continue your education.

Jun 29

Application open for UNC CORE Certificate Program

woman-wall UNC Core

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 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 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 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.

May 31

The Sky is Not the Limit. It is only the Beginning. Lift off!

One of Carolina’s brightest stars, Donovan Livingston, is inspiring future educators and students with a powerful message he recently delivered at the convocation of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. A video of Donovan’s message on Harvard’s Facebook page has already reached over 11 million views in the past week.

Written and performed as a spoken word poem, Donovan, who graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard in Learning and Teaching at the ceremony, was selected among 29 people who entered a competition to deliver the student speech. His message incites educators to fight inequalities in the education system and help all students to greatness.

Donovan graduated from Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in History. He is originally from Fayetteville, N.C. and served in the Carolina College Advising Corps for one academic year, from 2009-2010, before attending Columbia University to pursue a master’s degree in Higher and Post-Secondary Education. As a Corps member, he served in Guilford County (Ben L. Smith High School and Dudley High School in Greensboro).

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 and enroll in a higher education institution where they will succeed by placing UNC-Chapel Hill graduates in selected high schools across the state. The Corps is a constituent program of the national College Advising Corps. Last year, the Corps helped over 7,000 high school seniors across the state submit more than 17,000 applications to college. Students enroll at colleges ranging from their local community college to N.C. Wesleyan to Winston Salem State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, to name just a few.

We’re inspired by Donovan’s achievements and proud that the rest of the world is getting to know the remarkable leader we are grateful to call an alumnus, colleague, and friend.