On Friday, March 27, we released decisions for 16,144 Fall 2015 first-year candidates, offering admission to 3,055. Decisions included those for all regular-decision candidates as well as the 2,419 early-action candidates whose decisions were previously deferred.
The first student to enroll, just fifteen minutes after decisions were released, was Sydney Wood of Jacksonville, N.C., a White Oak High School senior.
When we asked this talented reporter, photographer and alto saxophone player (section leader of her high school marching band), why she enrolled so quickly she told us: “I’ve wanted to attend UNC since I was a little girl, and throughout high school I always kept that in mind,” she said. A closer friend enrolled earlier, she added, and that cemented her decision. “When I saw that I’d been accepted, I didn’t hesitate.”
Sydney plans to major in psychology and enter medical school one day. “I hope to learn a lot at Carolina, and I think the atmosphere here will really help me be happy and grow as a person. I’m so excited for my future at UNC.”
Carolina received a total of 31,943 first-year applications this year for a tenth consecutive record and an increase of 2 percent over last year and 37 percent over five years ago.
Across both deadlines, admitted students come from 97 counties in North Carolina, 49 states and the District of Columbia, and 75 different countries. Fourteen percent will be following in the Carolina footsteps of one or more parents; another 14 percent will be the first in their families to attend college. Eighteen percent identify themselves as African American, American Indian, or Latino or Latina.
“The students we’ve admitted include inventors, entrepreneurs, leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and more,” said Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. “Between now and May 1—the first-year enrollment deadline—we will be doing our best to help these students decide whether Carolina is the place they will call home for the next four years.”
This spring, Carolina will host a number of events for admitted students, including a daylong event known as Explore Carolina for all admitted students and other events for special populations, such as Carolina Firsts for first-generation college students. The admissions office also offers admitted students the opportunity to participate in the Meet a Tar Heel program where they are paired with a current Carolina student. All admitted students are also invited to attend a class to sample Carolina’s academic life.
“Even as we celebrate our admitted students, we’ll also be available to assist the thousands of students we’ve disappointed,” said Farmer. “It’s important for them to know they have a bright future, too, whether that includes transfer admission to Carolina in the future or finding their home at another college or university.”
No matter where you go to college, your first year away from home can be challenging. But UNC offers a huge support system, so you can stay healthy, happy, and ready to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Read on for our 10 tips for thriving your first year at Carolina:
2. Connect with older students who can show you the ropes. You may have met an Admissions Ambassador, and you definitely will meet your Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor – these are amazing student leaders that are ready at any moment throughout your time at Carolina to answer your questions.
3. Take advantage of Week of Welcome. This week-long celebration of the first week of classes includes Convocation, Fall Fest, Sunset Serenade, and more. Get to know Carolina and start finding the student organizations, university resources, and opportunities you most want to connect with.
4. Go to class on the first day and every day after. Seems simple enough, but you get more out of your lectures (and you do a lot better) if you go to class and mark up the syllabus so you’re prepared for everything (including your first Carolina test)!
5. Find fun ways to get to know your hall mates. You may have been chatting via Facebook or email all summer, but after move-in, get to know your roommate, suitemates, or hallmates through fun bonding experiences offered by Housing. Get dinner at the dining hall or catch a free movie with CUAB.
6. Learn time management skills early on. College can get overwhelming pretty quickly, and that’s okay. Make a schedule of classes, work, meetings, and study time (and don’t forget cat naps)! The Learning Center and University Career Services are great resources for getting organized early.
7. Ask questions. College is a place to learn and grow, don’t be afraid to ask questions in class (or talk to your professor or Teaching Assistant afterwards if that’s more comfortable for you). But if you feel lost or confused, don’t wait until that last minute to seek help.
8. Explore. You may find yourself with some free time in the beginning. Go explore! Find the spots on campus you like best for studying, relaxing, or hanging out with friends. And if you’re in need of wheels, jump on a bus and ride it around Chapel Hill to see where it takes you! They all come back to campus, we promise. Nextbus is a site & an app for all phones that gives you up-to-date time on when buses are arriving & departing around Chapel Hill.
9. Challenge Yourself. Don’t be intimated to try something different, like a class on a unique topic or an organization that sounds fun. Stepping out of your comfort zone, even just a little, opens the doors to meeting new people, trying new things, and learning amazing things about yourself you didn’t even know before!
10. Find the help you need. The first year of college is stressful for everyone, and everyone needs help at some point. Learn about the many resources on campus that can help you stay healthy and on the right track: Campus Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Dean of Students office, Academic Advising, the Center for Student Success, and more.
And if we could offer an 11th tip, it would be: don’t forget to call your parents or whoever helped get you this far!!
You are now on your way to becoming #UNC19.
1. Join UNC Admission’s Admitted Student Facebook Page!
Join this Facebook group to chat with students and have any questions regarding enrollment answered by admissions representatives.
2. Submit photos and videos to our #UNC19 photo contest.
— Michael Boone (@Boonem3) February 18, 2015
Just hashtag #UNC19 and enter for your chance to win!
3. Send Thank You notes to all of the people who wrote you glowing recommendations!
Take a moment to thank those who helped you along the way.
4. Meet other admitted students, current students, and alumni.
Reach out to the Carolina Club chapter nearest to you.
5. Do some final research!
Make sure Carolina is the school for you!
6. RSVP to Explore Carolina!
Take a day to Explore Carolina! Build your own itinerary from the provided agenda that will allow you to learn more about the academic offerings in your field of interest, hear from current students during Q&A panels, and meet representatives from various campus services such as Career Services and Study Abroad.
7. Deck yourself out in Carolina gear.
Shop online or in Chapel Hill at UNC Student Stores!
8. Throw a mini dance party.
Get together with friends and celebrate the next step in pursuing higher education!
9. Treat yourself to your favorite summertime treat!
In Chapel Hill there are so many places to call your favorite! In Ice Cream shops alone, students can choose between Sweet Frog, the Yogurt Pump, and Maple View Farms.
10. Visit Carolina and sit out on the quad!
The sunny days where students lounge on the quad for a picnic are the nicest days on Carolina’s campus! Join us in Polk Place and make a new friend or two!
Earlier today, we posted decisions for Regular Decision applicants and deferred Early Action applicants on ConnectCarolina. (Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our Instructions for Viewing your Decision.) Below are some FAQs for admitted, waitlisted, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post, please scroll down to the next posts for deferred and denied FAQs.
I’ve been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We might be biased, but we think it’s the best undergraduate experience to be had. We’ll do our best over the next month to help you find out all you can about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the best place for you. One of the best ways to get to know our community and the opportunities available here is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina is included with the enrollment packet that will arrive next week, and you’ll also get more details via email within the next day or two. From the events section of your MyCarolina, you’ll be able to view all of your admitted-student event invitations and choose which event you’ll attend.
Our Enroll pages have detailed information on the next steps you’ll need to take when you’re ready to enroll.
Will I receive any merit scholarships?
Every student who applies to UNC is considered for our institutional merit-based scholarships. Our first commitment is to need-based aid, though, and we strive to keep tuition low and offer enough need-based aid to make it possible for every admitted student to afford UNC, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. In fact, our combination of affordability and academic excellence has made us Kiplinger’s Best Value for 14 years running. But because we devote so many of our resources to need-based aid, we’re not able to offer as many merit-based scholarships as we would like.
Students who will receive a merit-based scholarship were invited to Scholarship Day earlier this month. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina are awarded to the students who attend Scholarship Day. Although there may still be a small handful of merit scholarships awarded over the next few weeks, the majority have been awarded at this point.
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.
Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?
Later this evening, we’ll send an email to select admitted students regarding Excel@Carolina, a special program featuring extraordinary opportunities for outstanding first-year students. These programs include HonorsCarolina, assured admission to our professional schools, $5,000 fellowships for summer study abroad and research, and more. In the email, we ask students to indicate which of these opportunities they’re most interested in. We’ll then use those preferences as part of our final decisions about these opportunities.
What about financial aid?
All students who applied for financial aid will receive their aid package in the coming weeks. 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.
Have questions for UNC students?
Join the Facebook group Admitted: UNC19 to connect with both other admitted students and current UNC students. In the group, you can ask current students any question you like, and you’ll also get a chance to meet other admitted students who are considering Carolina.
You can also meet other new students using the hashtag #UNC19 on Twitter and Facebook.
Congratulations again on your admission to Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall! Just let us know in the comments below if you have any additional questions.
For those of you who received a waitlist decision, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We know you have already waited so patiently, and we know how frustrating this can be – particularly for those of you who applied early action.
If you accept a place on our waiting list, we’ll consider you for any spaces that are available in the class after we hear back from our admitted students by the May 1 enrollment deadline. In the early part of May, we’ll determine how many spaces are available, and we’ll review the applications of all of the students who accepted a place on the waiting list. Since the list isn’t ranked, there’s no way to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit varies a great deal from year to year, so we won’t know for some time what this year will hold.
If we have additional space in the class, we’ll begin making offers to waitlisted students by the end of May. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise to have a final decision to all students by the end of June.
A list of FAQs is linked in your online decision, and you can also view it here. Please read it carefully as it should answer most of your questions, but feel free to post a comment below or get in touch with us if you have others.
If we disappointed you today, we are truly sorry. We know how hard it is to receive this kind of bad news, and we really hate delivering it. Please know that it’s not you, it’s us. We have so many talented applicants – nearly 32,000 this year – and space for only about 4,000 in our first-year class. We have to deny many talented students who would do great things here.
If you had your heart set on Carolina, there’s a great article published recently in the New York Times that you should read. The author, Frank Bruni, writes that “life is defined by setbacks, and success is determined by the ability to rebound from them…there’s no single juncture, no one crossroads, on which everything hinges.”
We hope you have an amazing college experience wherever you choose to attend. But if you’re interested in transferring in a year or two, we hope you’ll keep us in mind. Many students who are initially denied as first-year students later successfully apply to us as transfers. You might also consider one of our great graduate programs after your undergraduate career.
Here are a few of the frequently-asked questions we hear from denied students. If you have other questions, use the comments below or get in touch with us.
Is this decision final?
Yes. We’re sorry, but we can’t re-consider your application this year. However, if your heart is set on Carolina, there’s always the option of transferring after a year or two at another school.
Why did you deny me?
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 work hard to give each student a thorough, careful review but ultimately, we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for the many talented students who apply.
I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?
Each year we enroll approximately 900 transfer students into the sophomore and junior classes 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. For more advice, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.
Here are the steps to view your decision when it’s available online.
- Go to Connectcarolina.unc.edu.
- Click on “Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.”
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to “Pop-up Blocker”
- Click on “Turn-Off Pop-up Blocker.”
- On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench icon.
- Go to the Tools
- To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
- Click Save.
- Click the menu button and choose Options.
- Select the Content panel.
- In the content panel:
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- On the AOL Toolbar, click the Blocking Pop-ups icon, then click Turn Pop-up Controls Off.
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- Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
Or, for an older version of Safari, try
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Meet Jack Walsh, another member of the incoming class of 2019, someone who might just be your future classmate one day! He was admitted from our first deadline and was one of the first students to enroll. He’s from Wilmington, North Carolina and is currently a senior at Eugene Ashley High School. He is also the first member of his family to attend college. Jack was kind enough to share a picture and answer a few questions for us.
Why did you enroll at Carolina?
The choice to enroll at Carolina was an easy one. I knew that I would be getting one of the best educations America has to offer, at little to no cost because of Carolina’s competitive tuition and generous financial aid program.
What are you most excited about?
I am most excited about using all eight of the libraries at UNC. As an avid reader and writer, with a mind thirsty for new knowledge, I cannot wait to access all of the information that will be available to me at Carolina.
What do you hope to do with your Carolina education?
While I’m certainly keeping my options open, I plan on using my Carolina education to go to medical school, so that someday I can travel the world and serve impoverished and war-torn communities that are in need of doctors.
For more future classmates, stay posted to this blog or check out #UNC19 on Twitter!
Many students can’t wait to step foot on campus. Well we have some good news! Carolina offers dozens of programs for high school-aged students in topics ranging from journalism to pharmacy. These programs are offered by schools and departments across the University. Today we’re highlighting just a few:
- LEAD Program, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy- The Carolina Pharmacy Leadership, Excellence, And Development program is a one-day preparatory and professional development program geared toward students who are interested in exploring a career in pharmacy and learning how to be competitive in the pharmacy-school admissions process. The program deadline is normally in February.
- Social Work
- Social Work Introduction for the Next Generation (SWING) – A 3-day on-campus program that offers rising high school seniors an opportunity to learn about social work education and careers. The deadline to apply for this summer is April 10, 2015.
- Carolina Sports Journalism Camp- Rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in sports and media are encouraged to apply. This four-day residential workshop will include instructional sessions on sports play-by-play, sports writing, sports photography and much, much more. Students will be housed on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. Priority deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.
- To learn about more high school journalism opportunities, visit the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association website.
- PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory- Looking to go deeper into the process of creating theatre? How about taking on five weeks of training that combines top-notch teaching and unparalleled practical experience on stage and behind-the-scenes? PlayMakers offers its Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech programs to high school students who are ready to take it to the next level. This year’s shows have already been cast, but look out for next year.
Ask just about any UNC student about their experience with our general education curriculum, and you’ll probably get a story that begins something like, “Well, I took a course to fulfill one of the requirements and ended up loving the subject, so…” They’ll proceed to tell you how it sparked an entirely new interest, led to a second major, or even changed the direction of their studies entirely. And that’s precisely what our “Making Connections” curriculum is designed to do–expose you to new ways of thinking, teach you to make connections across disciplines, and prepare you for a lifetime of learning.
At first the general education requirements (made up of foundations, approaches, and connections) might seem like nothing more than a daunting list of academic courses to complete prior to graduation. If you plan on majoring in the math and sciences, why should you have to take arts and humanities courses (or vice versa)? In actuality, the curriculum has been carefully designed to teach students new and creative methods of thinking, communicating, and approaching the world around them. As students progress in their studies, courses may even begin to overlap in themes and subjects, showing how even seemingly different fields and studies actually share common ground. The Carolina curriculum can help cultivate and maximize student skills, knowledge, and values that are not only personally fulfilling but help them live as socially responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.
In addition, Carolina offers hundreds of courses each semester that not only satisfy general education requirements, but student curiosity as well. Students can select whatever courses they believe will be beneficial to them and their studies. Students are not limited to courses based on their major or track, and sometimes courses taken simply to fulfill requirements blossom into majors, minors, and areas of research. So remember, when selecting courses, don’t be afraid to pick ones that actually sound interesting or fun!
Carolina also offers opportunities for students to personalize their academic studies around multiple interests and disciplines through our Interdisciplinary Studies major or our Cluster Program, which is a group of courses organized around a common theme such as Food Cultures or Human Rights.
For more information about the Carolina curriculum, visit the Office of Undergraduate Curricula. Incoming first-year and transfer students will receive an Undergraduate Bulletin at New Student Orientation, which offers in-depth information on general education requirements, majors, and course descriptions. You can also view it online here.