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

Jan 27

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 be back in touch with 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 soon be asked to 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 339 deferred students last year and 423 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 the first week of February with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. We do not need an official midyear transcript; 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 priority 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 unchelp@admissions.unc.edu 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.