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Aug 22

FAQ Friday: Early Action, Test Scores, and More

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Happy Friday! We are heading full-steam into a busy fall season of applications, recruitment travel, and more! In the Admissions Office, we’re delighted to have students back on campus. Our wonderful Admissions Ambassadors are back, giving tours and spreading lots of UNC pride, and we’re welcoming the many new and returning work-study students and interns who help us through the year. The campus has come fully alive again, with all the excitement of a new semester.

We’re also hearing from many of you prospective students who are getting ready to apply to UNC! You have lots of questions, and we promise to do our best to answer them as quickly as we can. I’ll be posting a round-up of frequently-asked questions every Friday, so stay tuned to the blog for the latest. Add your own questions to the comments below, as others are probably wondering the same thing as you! You can also follow @UNCAdmissions on Twitter and send us your questions there. (Or hit me up directly @JulieTuckUNC). If you prefer phone or email, check out our Contact Us page for that info.

So, without further ado, here are the questions we’re hearing this week:

Early Action…should I or shouldn’t I?
We offer two application deadlines for first-year students, and you can learn all about them here. We’ve been posting the 76 Days, 76 Reasons to Apply Early Action here on the blog–we’re now on Day 22, which means there are 54 days left until the October 15 deadline! We encourage you to apply Early Action because not only will you get your decision in January instead of having to wait until March, it will also ensure that you’re considered for all the great opportunities we offer. (A few of our merit scholarships and Excel@Carolina opportunities are only available to EA applicants.)

But in the end, it’s entirely up to you. There’s no inherent advantage in applying early (in other words, it’s not easier to get in if you apply EA). We consider all of our applicants equally, regardless of the deadline they choose. If Regular Decision fits better with your schedule, then that’s the best choice for you. You send us your application when it’s ready, and we’ll give it our full attention.

What test dates can you consider for EA?
We can consider scores for tests taken through November for Early Action, and through December for Regular Decision. We ask all first-year applicants to send us an SAT or ACT (with writing) score. We super-score both tests, so if you’ve taken the test multiple times, we’ll review your highest subscore for each section of the test. If you send us both an SAT and ACT, we’ll consider whichever is higher. So there’s no need to be selective about the scores you send us–just send them all and we’ll pick out the best ones.

Is there a supplement on the Common Application for UNC?
This year, all of the UNC-specific questions are in the “Member Questions” section under “Other Information”. That’s where you’ll find our second essay (see all our essay prompts here), as well as our short-answer questions.

I’ve submitted my application. What next?
Congratulations! You are ahead of the game. Next week, we’ll begin downloading applications from the Common Application, so we’ll be receiving your information soon. The next thing you can expect is an email from us with details on how to create your UNC Guest ID so that you can log into your ConnectCarolina Student Center. (Wait for the email from us before trying to set up an account.) Through ConnectCarolina, you’ll be able to see the status of your application and check your Admissions To-Do List, which is where we’ll post any application materials we haven’t received from you yet. And when your decision is ready, that’s where you’ll be able to view your admission decision.

Other questions? Let us know!

 

Aug 22

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 22

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 22: Because only at Carolina can you read the Kvetches in The Daily Tar Heel, and potentially get yours published!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Aug 21

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 21

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 21: If you apply Early Action and get your financial aid application in as soon as possible, you’ll also receive your financial aid award details early. That means more time in the spring to consider your options and plan your finances for next year.   

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

 

Aug 20

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 20

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 20: Where else can you find students who are passionate about all things Carolina? When you’re standing in that sea of blue, there’s no where else you’ll want to be.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Aug 19

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 19

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 19: Because by this time next year, you could be drinking from the Old Well before going to your first class at UNC! Legend says a drink from the Old Well before your first class means a 4.0!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

 

Aug 18

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 18

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 18: Because while at Carolina you could take part in more than 50 intramural sports. Flag Football…Disc Golf…Whiffle Ball…Innertube Water Polo…Street Hockey…Soccer…Pickle Ball…just a handful of the intramurals offered this fall!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Aug 17

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 17

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 17: Because you could be seeing all Carolina has to offer at Fall Fest a year from now, and learning Hark the Sound at Convocation.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

 

Aug 16

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 16

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 16: While you’re waiting for your application decision (which won’t be as long if you apply Early Action!) you can browse our 700+ student organizations to see where you might find your home at Carolina.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

 

Aug 15

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 15

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 15: Want to travel the world before college? Only students who apply and are admitted Early Action are eligible to apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship, which provides grants of $7,500 for a gap year of service abroad. After your travels, we’ll welcome you to Chapel Hill, and you’ll have plenty of fantastic stories to share with us! Learn more about the program.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

 

Aug 14

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 14

Early Action applications are due October 15, 2014. We’re counting down the days with 76 reasons you should apply EA to UNC!

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Reason 14: At Carolina, you can study in the Arboretum on a beautiful day. Or just listen to the birds and maybe squeeze in a nap before your next class!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.