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Assured Admission into Information Science

You’re fascinated by how people consume content and use technology to access information ─ from libraries to the internet.

If this sounds like you, then you should consider the following Excel@Carolina opportunity.

Academic Program Overview
Join one of the fastest growing areas of study, and one in which graduates are in high demand. UNC-Chapel Hill is the only university in the state offering a bachelor’s degree in information science and is one of only a handful of schools nationwide offering such a program.

Degree specifics: The Bachelor of Science in Information Science program is an undergraduate degree offered through the School of Information and Library Science (SILS).

Possible careers: The program prepares graduates for a variety of careers including information architecture, database design and implementation, Web design and implementation, and information consulting, as well as for graduate studies. Past students have participated in General Electric’s prestigious Leadership Development Program and have been offered jobs with GE following the internship.

Assured Admission Details:
Most students apply and enter SILS during their second year at Carolina — but Assured Admission students are guaranteed enrollment and admitted into the major from their first day on campus.

What else is a part of the Assured Admission program?

  • A guaranteed seat in a special first-year seminar during the fall semester.
  • Membership in Issue, the Information Sciences student organization.
  • Faculty mentoring, including opportunities to visit labs (Interaction Design Lab, Informatics and Visualization Lab) and learn about special ongoing SILS projects (Ibiblio, WiderNet). Assured admission students are also matched with an advisor who has similar research interests.
  • Invitations to seminars on information science research topics, lectures with notable figures in information science, and informal discussions with Dean of SILS Gary Marchionini to learn more about the field.
  • Early access to Career Services in SILS. Normally, students don’t meet with their SILS Career Services Advisor until their last semester. Developing this relationship early prepares you for building your resume and your web presence for future job searches.

First-year students who take advantage of this program are under no obligation to pursue a degree in information science if their interests lead them elsewhere.

Learn more about undergraduate study at the School of Information and Library Science.

Meet a few of our students:

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Student in pink dress explains reading material to classmate while sitting on fountain ledge on UNC campus