Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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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 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.

Jan 27

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Denied

We know how hard it is to receive this kind of news, and we regret that your decision was not the one you had hoped for. We have so many talented applicants – more than 24,000 for Early Action this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year class. We have to turn away many talented students who we know would do well here and contribute to the life of the University.

Why did you deny my application?
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 review each application multiple times, and ultimately we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for all of the talented students who apply.

Is this decision final?
We’re very sorry but in almost all cases, yes, the decision is final. If a student truly believes a violation of the admission policy or a material error occurred during the application review, the student may file an appeal within 30 days of when his or her decision has been made available online. Only the student may file the appeal, and it must be made in writing. Please note that it is very seldom that an appeal results in a change of decision. To find out more about the Admissions Appeal Procedure, please visit the policies section of the admissions website.

If your application has been denied, and your heart remains set on Carolina, we encourage you to read on to learn more about the transfer student experience and how to apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?

If your heart is set on Carolina, please know this may not be the end of your journey here. Each year we enroll approximately 800 transfer students 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.

If you’d like to find more information about the transfer student experience, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We wish you the best of luck as you begin your college experience – whether you decide to apply as a transfer student in the future or if you find your new home at another college or university.

Jan 27

High Traffic on ConnectCarolina – UPDATED

We are very sorry, but due to high traffic on ConnectCarolina, we are continuing to experience performance issues on our server. While some students have been able to view their decisions, we understand that others are experiencing difficulties, and again, we apologize. If you are unable to access ConnectCarolina at this time, please try again later.

We are currently working with our technical team to try to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For the latest updates from our office, please continue to visit this blog. We plan to post another update around 7:30 p.m.

Jan 25

How to View Your Decision When Available

By the end of January, students who applied for the First-Year Early Action deadline can expect to receive their decision unless they are otherwise notified. Here are a few tips on how to view your decision when it’s available in Connect Carolina.

Note: ConnectCarolina will be unavailable the evening of Thursday, January 26 from 5:00 pm until 12:00 am. During this time, you will be unable to create your GUEST ID and reset your password to log into 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”

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.

Questions? Contact

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

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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.