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

Jan 20

Interested in a pharmacy career? Attend special program on Feb. 18 at UNC!

Are you a high school student interested in a pharmacy career? Are you curious about the role of pharmacy in healthcare? If so, you should consider participating in LEAD, the Carolina Leadership Excellence and Development Program, which is being hosted by the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

LEAD is a dynamic and multifaceted one-day program designed to inspire and develop a diverse generation of leaders primed to serve a global society. A session just for high school students is being offered on February 18.

At LEAD, you may explore the various degree programs offered at UNC such as:

  • PharmD
  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MPH
  • MS
  • PhD

At the event, you ‘ll also have the opportunity to interact with current pharmacy students and faculty to learn more about this exciting discipline. You’ll build your leadership potential and network with leading clinicians and researchers in the field.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the #1 Pharmacy School in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, is an internationally recognized leader in pharmacy practice, education, and research. We develop leaders in pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences who make a difference on human health worldwide.

The deadline to participate in LEAD has just been extended to February 8. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about how you could make a difference in human health worldwide! Apply today here.

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Jan 8

Updated – Admissions Office to Re-Open Wednesday, January 11

Due to a round of wintry weather over the weekend which resulted in hazardous travel conditions throughout the region, the University activated Condition 2 (Suspended Operations) of its adverse weather plan on Sunday night, January 8 and it will remain in effect effect until Tuesday, January 10 at 5 p.m. At this time, the Admissions Office will re-open on Wednesday, January 11.

Although we’re sorry that we’re unable to meet with you or take your phone calls until then, you are welcome to email us at Please know that your questions are important to us, and we will answer your email as soon as possible.

For the latest adverse weather conditions from the University, please visit Alert Carolina. For the latest news from the Admissions Office,  please continue to visit this blog.

Jan 4

First-Year Final Deadline Extended to January 16

The illustrious old well surrounded by azaleas.

We’ve decided to extend the first-year deadline through the holiday weekend to provide students with additional time to submit their applications. If you haven’t yet applied, be sure to submit your application on the Common App website by Monday, January 16 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Only your application and application fee or fee waiver request need to be submitted by the deadline. Other materials such as the letter of recommendation, school reports, and official transcripts may arrive after the deadline and will be accepted through the end of January.

If you’ve already applied, we look forward to reading your application!

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.

Dec 22

Seasons Greetings: Update on Holiday Office Hours

It’s been a great year to be a Tar Heel, and we have much to be thankful for. Together we celebrated (among many highlights):


Before we wrap up the year, we wanted to let you know about a few key dates that are just around the corner. The University will be closed for winter break starting on Friday, December 23 at 5:00 pm. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:00 am. Although we will not be offering information sessions and campus tours over the winter break, you may still register for future sessions and tours while the University is closed. To schedule a future visit, please click here.

To those of you who have applied for the 2016-2017 First-Year Early Action deadline, we thank you, and we look forward to reading your application. You can expect to receive your decision at the end of January, and we appreciate your patience as you wait to hear back from us. In the meantime, you can check the status of your application any time at

And if you haven’t yet applied, don’t worry, there’s still time! The final deadline for first-year applicants is January 15. The deadline for transfer applicants is February 15.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday, and we look forward to hearing from you in the new year!

Dec 15

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors!

Graduating from high school next year? If you live in Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person,
Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain or Warren County, you might be interested in The Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship, which pays for about one-half the cost of an undergraduate education for 17 graduating high school seniors. The scholarship was established in 1955 by a Trust endowed by the late Aubrey Lee Brooks and is administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The maximum award for the 2015-2016 academic year was $12,000.

Awards are made annually to seventeen (17) graduating high school seniors who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete an Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship Application
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Plan to enroll as full-time students in a degree-granting program at N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, or UNC-Greensboro
  • Permanently reside and attend high school in one of the following counties: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, or Warren

Of the 17 scholarships, one is awarded to a student from the areas of Greensboro and High Point and to a senior at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics who is from an eligible county. Additional criteria include merit, leadership, character, and the desire of the recipient to prepare for a career as a useful and informed citizen.

For more information, and to apply, visit the website for the Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship.

Nov 18

Meet An Alumna: Chelsea Barnes

Meet alumna Chelsea Barnes, graduate of the Class of 2015 and current J.D. candidate in the UNC School of Law.


As a current law student and former undergraduate, I am what we affectionately call a “Double Tar Heel.”

I find a sense of pride in saying this now, but if you had asked me if I would be here five years ago there is a strong possibility I would have told you, “I don’t know.”

I am a citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and grew up in a small town about 30 minutes outside of my tribal community. Though I excelled in high school, I still had those pre-application jitters that many of you may be all too familiar with. As I look back on my senior year of high school, I remember being nervous about whether or not I would get into Carolina and if I did, what it would be like when I got there. Very few people where I was from went to college and of those that did, few went to schools like Carolina. In some ways, it felt out of reach.

When I got my acceptance letter, I was ecstatic. I entered my first year at Carolina hopeful about what the future would bring. Once I got there, however, I soon realized that I would need to find a support system. I floundered (to say the least) during my first semester and questioned whether or not I really belonged. My initial support system was Alpha Pi Omega, a Native American interest sorority. During my first months at Carolina, the women within the sorority reached out to me and ensured me that I was welcome and supported. When I later joined the sorority during my sophomore year, I learned that its very purpose was to serve as a support for college women in today’s society.

Though I had grown up outside of my tribal community, I was beginning to find my home at Carolina. Becoming a sister of the sorority led me to other opportunities, including becoming more involved with the Carolina Indian Circle (CIC), UNC’s undergraduate Native student group. I had the pleasure of serving as the president of CIC for two years. In the process, I learned so much about myself, my culture, and how to be a leader.

My involvement in these organizations led me to a myriad of other opportunities during my time as an undergraduate. I had the opportunity to work as an intern for Congressman Tom Cole through the Udall Foundation and was an honorable mention for the Udall Scholarship. I had the opportunity to serve on committees and work with university officials to plan events. I got to know other leaders of student organizations and work with them in efforts to make Carolina a place that would seek to embrace diversity wholeheartedly. Though I worked hard to earn these opportunities, I wouldn’t have gotten there without the support system I established within the Native community at Carolina.

Despite my initial academic struggles and issues I faced during my first year at Carolina, my support system within the Native community enabled me to excel both personally and academically. The network I created provided me with the support I needed to apply to law school and the confidence to do so. In some ways, not much has changed. I am currently serving as the president of the Native American Law Students’ Association and working with other members of our organization to think of ways we can increase enrollment of Native students at the law school.

As I think back to my experience as an undergraduate, I am humbled by the opportunities I was given. As a Native American female from a small town in eastern North Carolina, there are many (including myself) who wouldn’t have predicted that I would be where I am today. All of this goes to show that with lots of hard work, finding your support system, and a little bit of fate, things happen exactly as they are supposed to. My name is Chelsea Barnes, and I am a (double) Tar Heel.

Nov 11

Thank You For Your Service!


UNC is undeniably a community centered around the value of public service. As a public university, our students, staff and faculty all work to improve the lives of others, whether in their academic fields or simply offer their time to volunteer outside of the classroom. Many of these efforts go without thanks or are done with anonymity.

But at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at UNC, ROTC cadets, veterans, faculty and students joined to thank past, current and future veterans for their honorable service.

Dr. Bruce Cairns, chair of the faculty and a distinguished surgery professor, is a veteran of the U.S. navy and spoke at the memorial service.

Sharing the words of Frank Porter Graham, former UNC president and North Carolina senator, Dr. Cairns reminded us that the Chapel Hill campus was based on and continues to be a university for serving others above all else.

While first spoken in 1931 but remaining true today, Graham said, “In Chapel Hill among a friendly folk, this old university, the first state university to open its doors, stands on a hill set in the midst of beautiful forests under the skies that give their color and their charm to the life of youth gathered here… there is music in the air of the place.”

Nov 1

Happy American Indian Heritage Month from UNC!
Native American artist Senora Lynch dedicated “The Gift” walkway next to the Student Union. It features a brick mosaic of native symbols.

Native American artist Senora Lynch dedicated “The Gift” walkway next to the Student Union. It features a brick mosaic of native symbols.

This November we’re delighted to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month, along with the student groups, faculty and staff who support the Native American community on the Carolina campus.

The special events throughout the month range from a Culture Night & Fashion Show to discussions on indigenous foodways. You’re welcome to attend any event that interests you. Be sure to check dates and locations on the American Indian Center calendar.

If you’re interested in studying American Indian issues on an academic level, you’ve come to the right place. Carolina is one of only two schools that offer American Indian and Indigenous People’s Studies as a major.

Even as a non-major you’re welcome to explore these issues in courses, including through First-Year Seminars. Those are the classes that are only open to first-years and take on unique themes in any department, and they’re a great opportunity to knock out some general education requirements with a fun and interesting topic that you might not be able to take a class in otherwise. They change each semester, but this past fall there were seminars on American Indians in History, Law and Literature and on American Indian Art in the 20th Century.

There are also plenty of ways you can get involved with the American Indian community year-round, especially thanks to events through the American Indian Center, Alpha Pi Omega, the nation’s first Native American interest sorority, and the Carolina Indian Circle student group.

No matter your background, we hope that you feel at home at Carolina. Being a student here means being a part of an all-inclusive family, and we’re excited to see how the next class of incoming students will not only feel welcome but also add all of your unique perspectives and ideas to our UNC community.

Oct 26

Experiencing something great over Fall Break


This past week at UNC was our Fall Break, otherwise known as the glorious time to catch up on sleep and rest after a hectic couple weeks of midterm exams. Starting last Wednesday at 5pm, Chapel Hill began to get a lot quieter as people made their trek back to their hometowns.

While most students use this as a time to cuddle with their adorable dogs and catch up with old friends, we can also take advantage of other opportunities available around the school for travel and maximizing their educational experience.

This week, I did exactly that on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for four days. It’s included as a part of one of the classes I’m taking in the School of Media and Journalism.


The class is called Workroom FashionMash and is taught by Dana McMahan, where we experiment with practicing an experiential marketing event around the fashion and lifestyle industry. Since so much of the fashion industry is located in New York, we decided to take a trip up for some inspiration.

I had a complete blast going around the city and meeting professionals working in all different kinds of industries, from branding designer clothing at Rachel Roy to agency communication at Spring Studios. We also had our fill of Museums, going by the Whitney and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Between everything we did, I gained a lot of great ideas about how to present an experience to someone in an engaging and interesting way.

But don’t worry, the trip didn’t focus solely around professional tasks. We also got in plenty of touristy attractions, Instagram-ready meals and fun nights out on the town. We spent a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Central Park, saw a comedy show and had some time to window-shop around 5th Avenue at stores way out of our price range.


The entire trip was a blast, and it’s not the only travel opportunity available to students. The MJ School also takes up a group of students to network with influential Alumni in NYC hoping to make connections for jobs and summer internships. And there are plenty of other travel opportunities available through the university for a more memorable fall break.

UNC has boundless opportunities for something like this, and I can’t speak more highly about the impact it has had on my college experience. Be sure to be on the lookout for opportunities like this once you get here — you won’t regret taking them.