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The Transfer Application

What we need from you.

As a transfer applicant, you’ll submit:

  • The Common Application. (If you’re applying as a junior, you’ll enroll directly into a major or professional school program. Check our degree programs page as some of these programs have additional application requirements.)  RESIDENCY: Please note that if you are applying as a North Carolina resident, there is a separate process for determining your residency. For more information about this process, please see our Residency page.
  • $85 nonrefundable application fee. If you cannot afford the application fee, you may submit a fee waiver as specified in the Common Application. FEE WAIVER: We will waive the application fee for any applicant who is an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces. No extra paperwork is required. Please just indicate your active-duty status on the Common Application and we will waive your application fee.
  • One essay + Two short answers. We don’t get to meet our applicants face-to-face, so your essay  (250-650 words) and short answers (200-250 words) give us the opportunity to hear your voice and get to know you as a person. The essay is part of the main portion of the Common Application. The short answer prompts will be specific to your application to Carolina. View our 2018 application prompts on the blog.
  • Official transcripts. You must submit transcripts from your high school and all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts should be official copies sent by mail or secure electronic delivery. Please note that we will happily accept transcripts submitted to us through the College Foundation of North Carolina.
  • SAT or ACT scores. Sophomore applicants (those with less than 60 transferrable credit hours) must submit either the SAT or ACT; these scores are optional for junior applicants. Scores should be sent directly to us from the testing service. Our SAT code is 5816 and our ACT code is 3162. Learn more about how we use test scores as we review your application. If you are a non-traditional applicant, you may request that the testing requirement be waived by emailing us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu after submitting your application. Please note that these requests are considered on a case-by-case basis depending on individual circumstances.
  • Letter of recommendation. We ask that you include one letter of recommendation. We generally find that one letter is sufficient, but you may include a second letter if you wish. Please note that the person writing your recommendation should submit the letter on your behalf. When you are deciding who should write your letter of recommendation, choose someone who knows you well and can describe both your academic potential and your unique personal qualities. Letters are most helpful when they provide new information and personal insights, rather than just a re-listing of the same information you’ve already provided elsewhere in the application.

We do not require any additional forms through the Common Application (i.e. Midyear Report or Final Report). You may invite an academic evaluator by entering his/her email address online through the Common Application, or you may have your recommender send the letter to us by mail or by email to uncsubmit@admissions.unc.edu.

Are you claiming North Carolina residency?
You will need to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS), which is a government agency that serves the entire state. Please visit our residency page for more information.

After you apply
Soon after you submit your application, you’ll get an email from us with instructions on how to create your UNC Guest ID so that you can track your application status through your ConnectCarolina Student Center. Please add unchelp@admissions.unc.edu to your safe-sender email list, so that you’ll always be sure to receive our emails.

Log into your ConnectCarolina Student Center and view your Admissions To Do List to find out what application materials we still need. Please allow 2-3 weeks for submitted items (particularly those you send by snail mail) to be linked to your application. We may ask for additional information once we start reviewing your application, so be sure to check your To Do List periodically. We can’t review your application until we receive all of your materials, so help us out and be proactive! We’ll do our best to alert you by email if your application is missing important items, but if your application is not complete by March 1, we reserve the right to review your application based on the information we have in hand or to withdraw it from consideration. Don’t let that be you!

MAINTAIN YOUR EMAIL: All communication regarding the status of your application, items missing from your application, and your admission decision will be sent electronically. For that reason, it is critical that you maintain the email address you provide on your application and that you check it regularly for messages from our office. It’s also important that you log into your ConnectCarolina Student Center periodically for updates.

When your decision is ready, we’ll post it on your ConnectCarolina Student Center. Transfer students can expect a decision by mid-April.

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