The When. (You already know the What, Where, and Why.)
First Year Students
Early Action: Apply by October 15 to get your decision by the end of January.
Regular Decision: Apply by January 10 to get your decision by the end of March.
Apply by February 15 to get your decision by mid-April.
What is due at each deadline? Just your online application and your application fee, but we ask that you submit the other parts of the application (transcripts, test scores and supporting materials from your teacher/counselor) within 2-3 weeks after the deadline. Of course, the sooner you complete your application, the sooner we’ll be able to review it. You can check the status of your application and view any missing items anytime through MyCarolina.
Early Action vs. Regular Decision
If you’re applying as a first-year student, you’ll choose one of our two deadline plans—Early Action or Regular Decision. We offer two deadlines because we want to give you more options and because it helps us spread the work of reviewing applications over a longer period of time. Neither of our deadlines results in a binding decision, and both have the same May 1 enrollment deadline. Although we have two deadlines, we evaluate each application within the context of our entire pool of applicants, so there’s no inherent advantage in applying for one deadline over the other. Choose whichever deadline best fits your schedule.
Financial Aid Deadline
All students who wish to be considered for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA and CSS/Profile by March 1. Learn more about applying for financial aid.