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

Aug 1

Fall 2018 Application is Open!

The UNC-Chapel Hill application for Fall 2018 admission is now live on the Common Application website for both first-year and transfer applicants. If you’d like to join a community of smart students from all backgrounds who want to make each other better and the world better, we hope you’ll apply!

First-Year Admission: Consider applying by our Early Action deadline of October 15, 2017. Since it’s not binding, you’ll have more time to decide if Carolina is right for you. You’ll also be considered for more opportunities such as scholarships and special academic programs when you apply by October 15. To see more about our deadlines, please click here.

Transfer Admission: Our transfer deadline is February 15, 2018. Only the application and application fee or fee waiver request are due on the deadline. Other materials such as official school transcripts can arrive in the weeks that follow the deadline. For more information about what’s required in the application, please check out our Apply page.

Have questions? Please call us at 919.966.3621 or email us at We look forward to reading your application and learning more about you!

Jun 29

Class of 2021: More Info for this Fall

We hope that everyone joining the class of 2021 is excited to start classes in August here in beautiful Chapel Hill!  As you continue to make plans for your first semester at Carolina, please let us know if we can answer any questions for you!

We also wanted to send a quick reminder that if you are interested in taking a gap year and deferring your enrollment, please submit your request to us by July 1.  For more information, please visit our policy on deferring enrollment.

Jun 19

Fall 2018 Application Short Answer Prompts

The admissions committee has selected the UNC-specific short answer prompts for the 2018 application!  While the Fall 2018 application will not  be live until August 2017, we hope you will have the opportunity to consider your responses.  Remember, 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.

First-Year & Transfer Applicants

Carolina’s supplement will provide you with four prompts, and you will choose two. Each response will be limited to 200-250 words.

  • Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life.
  • What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
  • What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want us to know?
  • What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?

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 10

Let’s Walk Together and Thrive@Carolina!

As you begin to think about what your Carolina experience could be like, you might be interested in hearing the stories of three young people who found their place and ultimately thrived at Carolina. Sponsored by Thrive@Carolina, the Share Your Journey Spoken Word Project is a cross-campus initiative to open up a dialogue around the challenges of college.

The first video features Donovan, who attended UNC as an undergraduate. He lends his voice and art to his experience of transitioning into college as a student of color. Donovan followed his success at UNC-Chapel Hill by completing two master’s degrees, one at Harvard and one at Columbia, and is currently pursuing his PhD at UNC Greensboro.

Another video comes from Daniella, a current student whose family came to the United States as Cuban political refugees. She raises raw and real questions about how opportunities happen for some and not for others.

The third is from Mikeala, who realized after coming to Carolina, that the dream of Carolina doesn’t always happen automatically. She speaks candidly about what it’s like to wrestle with those illusions.

We hope you enjoy reading these amazing insights from first-person perspectives. In the words of one of the student leaders on the project: “I want to say: I’ve walked in your shoes. Let’s walk together.”

 A special thanks goes to the Share Your Journey Spoken Word Project Team: Dana McMahan, Professor of the Practice, UNC School of Media and Journalism; Terence Oliver, Associate Professor, UNC School of Media and Journalism; and Mark Katz, Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities,  Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities. This project would not have been possible without the contributions of the students featured in the videos and many others who assisted with the production. Visit the project website to learn more.



May 8

Class of 2021: Get Connected to the Right Classes


Pop quiz! What do Yoga, Nascar, and Japanese Myths have in common? They’re all topics discussed in first-year seminar classes for this fall! With these and so many other enriching and foundational courses to take, your academic advisor will be a great resource for helping you make the most of your academic journey at Carolina.

Don’t Miss Out: But before you meet with an academic advisor during new student orientation, don’t forget to complete the brief academic advising survey you were sent via email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The survey includes information about foundational English options, foreign languages, first-year seminars and academic interests areas. In light of AP exams, the deadline to complete the survey has been extended to Sunday, May 14 at 11:59 pm.* Click here to take the survey.

Based on your responses, you’ll be enrolled in two courses to help you get your fall semester schedule started. If you are do not complete the survey, you’ll be randomly assigned to two courses so we highly recommend that you complete the survey if you haven’t already. If you have any technical issues with the survey, please click here for help.

*If you are a first-year admitted student who has been invited to Honors Carolina, please follow the instructions and complete the survey you were sent from the Honors Carolina office instead of this one.

Apr 24

Celebrating Allison Legge – 2017 Massey Award Winner!

We are lucky to have two Massey award winners in our office: Steve Farmer, center (2010 winner), and Allison Legge (2017) to the far right.

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” said Chancellor Folt, quoting Martin Luther King, Jr., at the annual C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon at the Carolina Inn on Saturday. “You only need a heart full of grace, and a soul generated by love.”

Carolina is known for our great student body and outstanding faculty, but if you’re interested in joining our community one day, we think it’s important that you know about the countless dedicated staff members who will walk with you. From housekeeping to maintenance to administrative staff, they are committed to your success, and will extend daily efforts (hearts included!) to make sure you you have the best possible experience here.

Six of these employees were honored for their work on Saturday, and one of them, we’re delighted to announce was our own Allison Legge, Interim Registrar and Senior Associate Director for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. For all of us, Allison epitomizes what it means to have a soul generated by love. With characteristic humility, upon learning of her award, the woman on campus who is known as the “mother” of Connect Carolina, an online gateway for University administrative systems, said “I can’t believe I am so lucky as to be given an award for the work I love so much!”

After receiving her award, Allison lifted the hearts of everyone by reminding us of the African concept of Ubuntu, the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others. What a lovely idea — and one that both affirms and redeems us, I think.

A favorite metaphor in our office (thank you Ashley Arthur!) to describe Allison is a hummingbird. She may be little but she is fleet and efficient, and brings tremendous joy wherever she lands. She is also the last person to ever seek an award of this type, just the sort of person who deserves it. And the ability to honor her in this way is a gift of the best kind, and for this we thank the late C. Knox Massey and his family from the bottom of our hearts. Your generosity ensures that the University’s deeply-ingrained mission of public service will continue for years to come.

Apr 13

Meet a Tar Heel: Christopher Suggs


Meet Christopher Suggs, an incoming Class of 2021 Tar Heel.

Coming from Kinston, North Carolina, Christopher is the founder and CEO of Kinston Teens, an internationally recognized nonprofit with a mission to empower youth through service, leadership and civic engagement.

He was appointed by Gov. McCrory to NC Governor’s Crime Commission to serve as the youngest member of an advisory that addresses issues surrounding crime and justice. At Carolina, he plans to major in political science and aspires to be a policy maker.

His story of community involvement has been featured in several news outlets, including 20/20, Nickelodeon, and The Real.

Why Carolina?

“The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a phenomenal school! I’ve been in love with Carolina since 2006, when my older brother’s high school basketball team played in the Dean Dome for the NC High School Men’s Basketball State Championships. From the campus, to the programs, to the student culture, to its alumni, there is so much to love about Carolina, and I truly love it all.

I have a strong passion for service, leadership and advocacy, especially when it comes to serving communities here in North Carolina. From starting my own nonprofit organization to being the youngest appointee to the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission, being a leader and representing my state is something I’m deeply invested in. It’s my hope to continue and expand upon these passions at Carolina.”

Mar 13

President Spellings Meets with Carolina College Advising Corps

Carolina College Advising Corps Adviser Veronica Trujillo-Cuadrado was recently honored to welcome UNC President Margaret Spellings to Graham High School, where President Spellings had a chance to hear from students on ways to improve college access. We were very appreciative of her interest in the Corps. To learn more, please see a recent article in the Burlington Times-News.

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From left to right: UNC President Margaret Spellings, Graham High School Principal Charlotte Holmes, and Veronica Trujillo-Cuadrado of the Carolina College Advising Corps

As a follow-up to this event, we’d like to update you on the progress of the Corps in the area. So far this year, CCAC advisers have met with 85% of the senior class of the three area schools (Graham, Williams, and Cummings) in one-on-one interactions.  In collaboration with teachers and counselors, almost 75% of seniors have submitted an application to a 4- or 2- year institution.  In other great news, the advisers have greatly increased FAFSA submissions.  As of Feb 24, students have already surpassed the number of FAFSAs that were submitted last year.

Stay posted to this blog for more news on the exciting work of the Carolina College Advising Corps.

Feb 23

How I Made It to the Super Bowl


If I’ve learned anything from my time at Carolina, it’s just say “yes” to any opportunity.

Sometimes your professor might ask if anybody can volunteer to put in some work on a project on a Thursday evening. Even if you have plans to grab dinner with your friends, just say “yes.”

Other times, a cool company or person might make an appearance on campus, but a project deadline is approaching fast. Even when you feel like you can’t get away from the library for a second, just say “yes.”

And especially when you get an email that says “This is an official invitation to media week for Super Bowl LI. Are you able to come?” Just say “yes.”

I guess I need to explain that one.

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In the fall semester for my Advertising Copy and Communication course, one of my professors coordinated with a program at FOX called Fox Sports University. We worked directly with a group called PROcast that takes real content created by athletes and posts to Fox Sports social media, their website and the live broadcast.

PROcast had just been acquired about a year before, and they wanted to use the FOX Super Bowl as a chance to raise awareness about the PROcast brand. Throughout the whole semester, our class split into groups and worked on plans for communicating the PROcast brand around the super bowl on their social media and in-person at Media Week.

Since we’re working around sports we had to keep things competitive, so each of the groups competed in our pitches to see whose work would be used. Our team won after hours and hours of preparation.

After that, I thought I wouldn’t hear from them again. I started the new semester and continued on barely thinking about the project I just finished when the craziest email I’ve ever seen popped into my inbox: an invitation to Media Week for the Super Bowl.

Fox Sports flew us out to Houston and toured us around their entire operation for the week leading up to the big game. We saw their production studios for their analysis talk-shows, went to field level at the stadium and radio row where all the major networks set up camp.

While we didn’t get a chance to see the game in person, it was still an unbelievable experience. And the long hours we put in outside of class perfecting our pitch and polishing on our work (which they actually ended up using) were all worth it.

Even though it may seem tough at the time, be sure to say “yes” to every opportunity. You never know where it’ll take you.

If you’re interested in a closer look at what we did while we were in Houston, check out the video my friend Wyatt made about our experience.

Dec 23

UNC Hillel Ranked Most Impactful in North America


Congratulations to UNC Hillel, which was recently named as the most impactful chapter in North America by Hillel International, a worldwide organization that promotes Jewish campus life at colleges and universities across the globe. The awards were a culmination of Hillel International’s nationwide survey of more than 10,000 Jewish college students to evaluate the impact of its programs.

About 5% of Carolina’s undergraduate and graduate student community is Jewish, and UNC Hillel promotes the celebration of Jewish life and learning at Carolina. With a building on campus, UNC Hillel hosts weekly events in addition to providing an inviting space for students to study and relax. One celebrated event is the weekly Shabbat celebration with student-led services followed by a delicious, complimentary Kosher dinner.

Students new to UNC can learn more about UNC Hillel through its website and during the Week of Welcome, which features a series of events introducing new first-year and transfer students to the many opportunities at Carolina.

If you’d like to join an active community that celebrates students of all backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, we hope that you’ll consider applying to Carolina (if you haven’t already). The final deadline for first-year applicants is January 15. The deadline for transfer applicants is February 15.