Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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

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

New Transfer Students: Get a Head-start this Summer


If you’re a recently admitted transfer student, and you’re eager to get started at Carolina, then you may be interested in a new opportunity, the Summer Transfer Program: Transition and Thrive. This special program combines the benefits of attending Summer School along with opportunities to meet other transfer students and to build a network right away. The program will take place during Summer Session II from June 26 to August 1.

By just taking two or three classes, students are able to earn credits toward their degree and gain a sense for the academic rigor at Carolina without feeling overloaded. With fewer students on campus, students get to know the community and campus resources on a more intimate scale.

Additionally, students who participate in the program may be eligible for financial aid not normally available to students attending Summer School as well as free campus housing for the duration of the program. The deadline to apply for this special program is May 7.

For more details about the program and to apply, please click here. To learn about other resources for new transfer students, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus this fall…or this summer!

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.”

Apr 11

Admissions Website Experiencing Issues

**Update: Thank you for your patience. Our admissions website is now fully back up and running. **

Hello! Thank you for your interest in Carolina.  At the moment, our website is experiencing some technical issues, and we are working to resolve them as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please use the following links to navigate to different parts of the website. You may also continue to search the website by entering a keyword in the search field in the top right hand corner of the site.

 We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have the website back up and running momentarily.

 Book a Tour and Information Session: Your visit will include a 45-minute information session followed by a 75-minute walking tour led.

 Click here to view the calendar and schedule

 Read About Enrollment Next Steps: If you have been offered admission to Carolina for Fall 2017, please be sure to review these next steps to secure your spot at Carolina.

 Click here to view the First-Year Checklist

Click here to view the Transfer Checklist 

 Learn more about Credit and Test Placement: You may be awarded college credit through AP/IB/SAT II and ACT exams. 

 Click here to view the Test Placement Table

 As always, you may contact our office at (919) 966.3621 or Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.



Apr 7

FAQs for Transfer Applicants

Today, we released decisions for transfer applicants. We were honored to receive thousands of applications, and we had to make many tough decisions. Most students can view their decision through their Connect Carolina Student Center (see instructions here). A small number of applicants are still under review and will not receive a decision today. If you’re one of these students, you should have received an email notification with more details. We hope to have your decision available soon.

Below are some frequent questions we get from transfer students. If you have additional questions or if you are unable to view your decision and you did not receive an email notifying you of a delay, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM– 5:00 PM, EST.

When will I know how my credits will transfer?
We’re now evaluating the transfer credit of admitted students, and within the next few weeks (and no later than May 1), students will receive an email with their evaluation of credit. To ensure that you receive the email, please make sure your email address is listed correctly in your ConnectCarolina Student Center and add “” to your safe-sender email list. In the meantime, check out our Transfer Credit section to learn more about how we evaluate transfer credit.

When will I receive my financial aid package?
The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will notify you as soon as your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE have been received and reviewed. You’ll need to create an Onyen to log into your ConnectCarolina account, where aid information is displayed. You also need to create and check your UNC email, which is how aid notices are delivered. Learn more.

When is the enrollment deadline?
We ask that you reply to our offer of admission by May 15.

What does it mean to waive my enrollment deposit?
When you enroll at Carolina, you can either pay the $250 enrollment deposit or ask that the fee be waived. If you pay the deposit now, it will be credited to your first-semester bill. If you expect to receive financial aid, you can waive the $250 enrollment deposit.

I’ve enrolled. What’s next?
Hooray! Check out this transfer checklist for the next steps you’ll want to take.

When should I register for classes?
As soon as possible. The Advising Office has some great information for new transfer students here. Soon after enrolling, you can make an appointment online to speak with an academic advisor in person or by phone or Skype. It’s best to register for classes as soon as you can, so that you’ll have the best selection of courses available. Within the next few days, you’ll receive more information by email from the Academic Advising Office about how to get started.


For those of you who received an offer to be included on our waiting list, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We will do our best to get you a decision as soon as we can. Most of your questions will likely be answered in this FAQ sheet, which offers information on how we review our waiting list and how many students we’ve admitted in past years from the waiting list.

Please note that if you would like to be considered for any spots that become available, you must accept a place on our waiting list by May 1. To accept your place on our waiting list, please log into your Connect Carolina Student Center, and follow the steps that are provided in your online decision.

Apr 6

Transfer Applicants: How to View Your Decision When Available

Unless otherwise notified, transfer applicants waiting for a decision can expect to receive an outcome by mid-April. Here are a few tips on how to view your decision when it’s available in 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”