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

Feb 9

Transfer Application Deadline is Less Than One Week Away!

If you’re considering transferring to Carolina, remember our transfer application deadline is Feb. 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The only item that must be submitted by this deadline is the online application itself. Other materials, such as transcripts and test scores, may arrive after the deadline. You can find more information on our transfer application here.

If you’re unsure about your ability to afford Carolina, we still encourage you to apply. Our admissions review is need-blind, which means no student will be accepted or denied based on their financial circumstances. Carolina strives to fully meet demonstrated financial need for students who apply for financial aid by the March 1 priority deadline. You do not need to wait for admission in order to apply for financial aid. Learn more about our dedication to providing a world-class education at an affordable price here.

You can also learn more about transferring to Carolina through our blog. Hear what it’s like to be a UNC transfer student from senior Theo here, read what past transfer students had to say about coming to Carolina here, or check out a recap of a previous Twitter q&a session on transferring here.

If have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for considering Carolina—we look forward to receiving your application and learning more about you.

Feb 8

Richard Epps – First Black UNC Student Body President

In 1972 the students of UNC-Chapel Hill elected the first black student body president, Richard Epps. After receiving his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina Epps went on to accomplish many great things. He received his law degree from Indiana University and then worked as a legislative assistant to a California representative. He later served as the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill before working as an attorney at a private practice. Epps passed away in January of 1995 but will forever hold a special place in Carolina’s rich history.

Richard Epps is one more reason we’re celebrating Black History Month at Carolina. Stay posted for more.

Feb 5

Another Reason to Celebrate Black History Month at UNC

The year is 1967. “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees is topping the charts. (No, Shrek did not make this song famous!) Mini skirts have just been invented. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton was the book to read. And a young man named Charles “Charlie” Scott has just become the first African American athlete to receive a scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

When Charlie Scott was a first-year student, UNC did not allow first years to play on varsity sports. The waiting period for a varsity spot was a deal sweetened by the athletic scholarship Scott was awarded starting in the 1967-1968 season. Though he would eventually become one of the Tar Heels’ first charismatic players, Scott’s time at UNC was not free from racial tensions.

Attending a southern university in the late 1960s wasn’t exactly an easy decision for an African American. Knowing this, legendary UNC coach Dean Smith made it his duty to recruit this athletically talented high school valedictorian by doing his best to make him feel at home in Chapel Hill—even going to church with him.


Dean Smith and Charlie Scott

Ultimately, Charlie Scott chose to become a Tar Heel, but his journey did not end there. Despite the ever-present racial biases, Scott remained focused on his game. He led the team to consecutive Final Fours in ’68 and ’69. Scott also became the first widely-popular African American ball player in the ACC. Though at times he was ridiculed while on the road, or prevented from celebrating in the same manner as some of his teammates, Scott refused to boycott the 1968 Olympics and earned his country a gold medal.

Current basketball coach Roy Williams recognizes Scott as one of the most significant trailblazers in the history of college athletics.

“Charlie opened a lot of doors playing for the University of North Carolina,” Williams said. “He and Coach Smith demonstrated tremendous courage by breaking barriers in college basketball at Carolina and across the South. The countless players who have followed in his footsteps can thank Charlie for the path he cleared for them.”

Post-UNC, Charlie Scott played for the Boston Celtics. Today, we celebrate Charlie Scott as a strong basketball player, a talented student, and an individual who would not let bigotry get in the way of a game—and a university—he loved.

By Gabriela Pickett, current UNC student and Office of Undergraduate Admissions Communications Assistant 

Feb 4

Carolina Offers Early-Action Admission to 6,948

Almost 7,000 candidates from a record first-deadline pool of 19,842 were offered admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Fall 2016 entering class last week. The pool was 16 percent larger than last year, marking the fourth year in a row that Carolina has set a record for the number of early-action applicants. Early action applicants from North Carolina increased by 18 percent over last year.

A total of 35,821 students (first and second deadline) have applied for first-year admission, setting the eleventh consecutive record of first-year applications at UNC-Chapel Hill and a 12 percent increase over last year. Decisions for second-deadline applicants will be released by the end of March. The University expects 4,000 new first-year students to enroll in August.

“Every year we are honored to offer admission to terrific students from North Carolina, the nation, and the world,” said Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost of Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. “The students we’ve admitted early this year are no exception. Through their achievements in and out of the classroom, and through their willingness to serve and lead, they’ve shown us that they’re ready to thrive at Carolina, and to help others thrive, too. Their talent, kindness, and courage, and their diversity of thought and experience, will help them make their mark here at Carolina and far beyond.”

Accomplishments of the 6,948 admitted students include:

  • Winning regional, state, and national awards for debating, acting, writing, musical performance, mathematics, science and athletics
  • Conducting research at leading national universities and publishing work in national journals
  • Earning ranks of Gold Award in the Girl Scouts or Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts
  • Holding multiple part-time jobs to help provide for their families
  • Leading chapters of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Distributive Education Centers of America (DECA) and placing in local and national competitions
  • Travelling the globe for humanitarian causes, conducting service projects and raising money
  • Leading efforts to educate classmates about gender equality and diversity
  • Designing and leading STEM camp for 80 students for two years
  • Leading a team of 50 students in broadcast journalism that resulted in EMMY awards for school’s WebTV broadcasts
  • Being the first generation in their families to graduate from high school
  • Performing as a classical vocalist with over 25 international solo concerts
  • Presenting twice at the National Lunar and Planetary Science conferences
  • Creating a teen community center as a safe space for teens, and collaborating with city officials and external investors to fund and support
  • Founding a start-up business for innovative health care products, a student-run charity to promote sustainability and innovative energy sources, and an organization to rebuild houses in Appalachian communities

Eighty-four percent of all admitted students whose schools reported class rank are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. Nearly half are ranked in the top 10 students of their high school class.

The first student to enroll, just fifteen minutes after decisions were released last Thursday, was Brian Fay, a senior at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, where he is an all-conference varsity soccer player and served as a community volunteer. “Having visited my brother, who is a senior at UNC, over the past four years, I’m familiar with the caliber of the academic programs and the great atmosphere of the campus. The proximity to home and the fact that UNC is consistently ranked as a top value for higher education also made this my first choice. I can’t wait to start at Chapel Hill.”

Admitted students hail from 96 North Carolina counties, 48 states and 21 countries (including the United States). Twelve percent will be the first generation of their family to graduate from college. Of those who reported race or ethnicity, 36 percent identified themselves as students of color. Three percent (215) are international students.

Farmer added that the University is committed to helping make sure that all students who choose to enroll at Carolina are well positioned to succeed. “Last fall we launched Thrive@Carolina, a University-wide initiative that unites campus partners—faculty, staff and fellow students—in an effort to help all students meet their academic goals,” said Farmer. “We’re excited about this initiative and the difference it will make in the lives of the students who’ll enroll next fall.” For more information, please visit the website for Thrive@Carolina.

“Even as we celebrate the accomplishments of our admitted students, we are dedicated to helping the thousands of students whom we couldn’t accommodate,” said Farmer. “Our staff will work hard to help the students we’ve disappointed in any way, whether that means consoling them or advising them on transfer admission in the future.”

Since July 2015, the admissions office welcomed almost 34,000 visitors (prospective students and family members) for an information session and student-led tour. During this same time period, recruitment staff attended 246 regional college fairs, 164 local high school visits, and 40 national college events across the state, nation and ten additional countries across the world. The office also launched several social media campaigns to engage prospective students online.

Feb 3

Meet a Tar Heel- Grace Uses Biology Major to Pursue Health Sciences Passion

Meet Grace Marquino, a senior from Wilmington, NC, double majoring in Biology and Mathematics

Why Biology: “I took BIO 101 with Dr. Hogan my first semester and she was a great teacher. I’ve loved science all of my life but the way she taught her class made me love biology even more and want to pursue the discipline more.”

Favorite Biology Class: “Anatomy and Physiology—I had an amazing professor and I really enjoyed being able to apply my foundations of bio and chemistry in order to figure out real-world applications and learn more about how your body functions and how certain diseases and treatments work.”

Favorite Part About the Biology Major: “The subject is really interesting, but also the professors have shown so much passion in presenting the subject matters that they’ve made me really excited to continue my studies.”

Tip for Future UNC Biology Majors: “Take advantage of the resources that most interest you—particularly the ones that are unique to a major research university like UNC.”

Grace has used her biology background to partake in a variety of extracurricular opportunities while at Carolina. The summer after her sophomore year, Grace worked in Washington, D.C., with nonprofit Genetic Alliance. Genetic Alliance works with disease groups and encourages research and participation in clinical trials to find treatments for genetic diseases. During her summer, Grace got to learn about new, innovative clinical trials and research efforts surrounding different diseases.

Grace spent last summer teaching anatomy, physiology and medical ethics to 9th and 10th graders through Duke’s TIP Program. Grace was in the classroom teaching and leading the program’s lab component five days per week, directly applying everything she learned in her UNC courses and passing on that knowledge to bright and enthusiastic high school students.

Currently, Grace is spending one day per week shadowing at Duke’s Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center. Shadowing and collaborating with Duke’s medical school is allowing Grace to learn more about simulation and how it’s used in medical classrooms. She’s able to see another side of health sciences, while her background in anatomy and physiology acquired at UNC is helping her better understand the simulation process and the work that goes into creating these cases for medical students.

Following graduation, Grace plans on focusing on health sciences, exploring opportunities in nursing, PA school, genetic counseling or education. If you have any questions about the Biology major at UNC, you can reach Grace at


Feb 2

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History month has officially begun and as part of the celebration the Office of Undergraduate Admissions would like to look back on some of the people and events that helped make this university the amazing school that it is.

In 1963 the UNC-Chapel Hill soccer team made school history by having the university’s first black athlete on its roster. Edwin Okoroma, originally from Nigeria, played on the soccer team until he graduated in 1965. He then went on to attend medical school and worked in Washington D.C. as a physician.

1975 marked another historic year for UNC as Karen Stevenson became the first black woman to be granted a Morehead-Cain Scholarship. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship was the first merit based scholarship in the country and is considered one of the most prestigious accolades at UNC. Stevenson later went on to win a Rhodes Scholarship in 1979. She was the first woman from UNC and the first black student in the entire country to be given the award.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill is located in a building named Jackson Hall. The name came from Blyden and Roberta Jackson who were the first tenured black faculty members at the university. The very first black faculty member at UNC was Hortense McClinton who joined the UNC School of Social Work in 1966.

Be sure to check the UNC Admissions Blog throughout February as we post more interesting facts about Black History Month!

Information courtesy of: “The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History”

Feb 1

Global Gap Year Fellowship Application Now Open

Are you interested in taking a gap year and enriching your life prior to starting your collegiate journey at UNC? We encourage you to explore Carolina’s Global Gap Year Fellowship—a unique and life-changing opportunity to take a formal pause in your education, traveling the world and performing service on a $7,500 stipend before coming to Carolina. The Global Gap Year Fellowship is the nation’s only college-sponsored gap year program that allows participants to design their own gap year.

Each year, a group of talented high school seniors become Global Gap Year Fellows. As Fellows, these students will conduct six to 12 months of service around the world while maturing into global citizens and making incredible memories. Following their Global Gap Year Fellowship, the Fellows return to UNC for their first-year fall semester and use their gap-year experiences to enrich the Carolina community.

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Fellow Thomas Elliott from Carrboro, NC, spent his Global Gap Year working with a sustainable ecosystem research group in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Global Gap Year Fellowship is one of many ways  UNC students have the opportunity to participate in global service. If you’re interested in applying, please review the application instructions and apply by Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

What will you do with your Global Gap Year Fellowship?

Jan 28

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all those Early Action applicants with a decision. We’ve provided some FAQs for students offered admission, students whose applications were deferred to regular decision, 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 whose applications were deferred to regular decision
FAQs for Students whose applications were denied

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our 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 28

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 months, we’ll help you learn more about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the right fit for you. One of the best ways is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina will be sent to you shortly. You’ll also receive an email with information on viewing your admitted-student event invitations in the events section of your MyCarolina.

Within the next week, you’ll also receive an email with instructions on how to submit your midyear grades.

When you’re ready to enroll, please visit our Enroll pages, which have detailed information on next steps.

Will I receive any merit scholarships?
Each year, we award a select number of incoming first-year students with merit scholarships. Early Action applicants who have been awarded a merit scholarship will receive an email within a week of their admission decision.

If you aren’t initially offered a merit-based scholarship, please know that at Carolina you will have multiple opportunities to earn a variety of awards once you arrive on campus. Read more about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.

Also, any student admitted for our Early Action deadline can also apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship, an opportunity that awards seven incoming first-year students up to $7,500 for an international year of service.  Find more information here.

We also offer a number of need-based scholarships and provide outstanding financial aid; we are committed to helping students find a way to afford Carolina. In fact, nearly half of UNC students receive financial aid. Students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile by the March 1 priority deadline will be considered for the fullest array of financial aid. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?
All students were automatically considered for Honors Carolina, assured admission to some of the most competitive programs, and other special opportunities during the admissions review. Those students who have been selected for consideration will receive a survey shortly that will allow them to let us know more about their interests so we can best match them to a special opportunity.

If you aren’t initially offered one of these opportunities, please know that you’ll have the opportunity to participate in many of these programs in the future. All student who meet the GPA requirements may enroll in Honors courses, 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 submit both the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive information about their aid packages in the weeks following the deadline. 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.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621.


Jan 28

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 have a final decision to 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 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 423 deferred students last year and 379 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 soon with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. Don’t ask your counselor to send us a paper report; 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 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.