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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nov 4

Update on Test Scores for EA Applicants

“Do you have my latest test scores?”

It’s a question we’re hearing frequently these days and with good reason. Many of you who have applied for Carolina’s Early Action deadline of October 15 may be anxious about the status of your supplemental materials including test scores. We are honored by your interest in Carolina and would like to provide you with an update.

As you know, SAT and ACT test scores for EA applicants may arrive through the end of November. Due to the volume of applications we received, it is taking some time to import all of the supplemental information into our system. Additionally, the format of the data we receive from the testing services has changed. However, our staff is working around the clock to ensure that we import all information in an accurate and timely manner.

Checking for Your Latest Scores
In the coming weeks, we ask that you check for status updates on your application by logging into your Connect Carolina Student Center.

  • Students waiting for SAT scores: We are carefully conducting some tests and will update the admissions blog shortly with information on when your scores should appear in your Connect Carolina Student Center.
  • Students waiting for ACT scores: Please allow for up to 7 business days for your most recent score to appear. We are optimistic that these will be imported sooner so be sure to check back regularly.

We want to assure you that you will not be penalized for delayed test scores.

We hope that this information will help alleviate any stress that you may be experiencing. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at (919) 966-3621. We’re here to help. We also invite you to read The Waiting Game, a blog post by a current UNC student who was once in your shoes and has some advice for you.

Haven’t applied yet? Don’t worry. First-year students have until January 15 to apply; transfer applicants may apply until February 15. Please visit the Common app website to apply.

Sep 23

How Excel@Carolina Helped me Jump-Start my Journalism and Business Journeys

By Pooja Panduranga

Hey, y’all! Today I want to dive into an incredible program at UNC called Excel@Carolina. Excel provides students with unique academic opportunities such as research fellowships, study abroad scholarships and assured admission into professional schools.

After I was accepted to UNC, I received an email from the Excel program asking me to rank my top opportunity choices. The email informed me that while I was not guaranteed my top choice, I would be able to participate in at least one of the opportunities. I was lucky enough to receive assured admission to both the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the School of Media and Journalism.

The Assured Admission Program at the business school has given me more opportunities than I could have imagined. My first year, I took two classes alongside the other 80 students in the program. These classes helped us hone our leadership and communication skills and exposed us to different fields within business. Being an Assured Admit also gave me the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile, the summer following my first year. In Chile, I took marketing and microfinance classes and got to immerse myself in Chilean culture. Take a look at some pictures from my time abroad through the Assured Admit program!





Being apart of the Assured Admit program for journalism has been equally beneficial. In the fall semester of my first year, I was able to take News Writing, a prerequisite course for the J-School. Most students aren’t able to get into this class until their sophomore year, so the program definitely allowed me to get a head start on completing my major. I have thoroughly enjoyed these classes to which I’ve had early access. We learn and practice concepts and skills that are relevant to a rapidly-evolving field, and I know I will use what I learn in these classes in my career.

Both Assured Admit programs have also connected me with a wide array of invaluable resources. My News Writing professor is the senior associate dean of the J-School, and he has been a constant source of personal career and academic advice. My Assured Admit business classes were taught by the director of the undergraduate business program- a business leader most students do not have access to until their junior years. Every day, I receive emails from both schools with a plethora of internship and job applications, lectures, panel discussions and extracurricular opportunities.

All in all, Excel@Carolina has definitely shaped my academic experience here at UNC, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities arise for me in the next few years!

Pooja Panduranga is a junior Public Relations major in the School of Media and Journalism with Spanish and Business minors. She is an Admissions Ambassador, co-chair of a Student Government committee, and a proud Tar Heel! She can be reached at

Sep 21

13 Unique Opportunities Available Through Excel@Carolina

UNC’s unique Excel@Carolina program helps connect UNC’s most talented first-years with special opportunities and resources. All first-year applicants are automatically considered for Excel@Carolina based on their application for admission. If you’re invited to participate in Excel@Carolina, we will ask you to rank the opportunities that most interest you. Then, our admissions staff and faculty will be able to connect our most promising first-years with programs best-suited to the students’ talents and interests.

Here are 13 opportunities available to first-years through our Excel@Carolina program.

1. Assured Admission into Dual Degree in Environment and Science Communication– If you love science and writing, this program is for you. Students will receive assured admission into the dual degree program offered by the Curriculum for Environment and Ecology and the School of Media and Journalism. Better yet, you’ll earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years.

2. Assured Admission into the EURO Program– UNC’s Center of European Studies offers the EURO program, which immerses students in advanced coursework, advanced language training, extended study abroad opportunities and original research. Students will earn two global degrees in either five or six years.

3. Assured Admission into Information Science– UNC’s Information Science program boasts the highest job placement rate for undergraduates, and Excel@Carolina students have the opportunity to receive assured admission into the program. UNC’s information science program focuses on the intersections of humans, information and technology.

4. Assured Admission into Kenan-Flagler Business School– Through Excel@Carolina, students can reserve a spot in our top-ranked Kenan-Flagler undergraduate business program. Kenan-Flagler’s Assured Admission Program provides students a spot in a yearlong leadership development seminar, an opportunity to explore the various dimensions of studying business, a chance to explore career & professional development and special access to Kenan-Flagler resources, faculty, alumni & corporate partners.

5. Assured Admission into the School of Media and Journalism– Assured admission into the School of Media and Journalism reserves students a spot in the professional school, but it also allows students to take two special first-year courses so they can delve into their journalistic interests right away. These two courses also create expanded curriculum opportunities for students as they complete their degrees.

6. Assured Admission into the Eshelman School of Pharmacy– Gaining admission into the #2 Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the country is competitive, but through Excel@Carolina, students can earn assured admission into the school. Students will have the opportunity to learn about patient-centered care and explore specialty areas of the pharmacy field.

7. Carolina Research Scholars Program– The Carolina Research Scholars Program helps students interested in research get a head-start. Students learn how to find research opportunities and research-intensive courses, network with UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Research staff and connect with other first-years excited to engage in research and innovation.

8. Carolina Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship– This Excel@Carolina program, (nicknamed C-SURF,) gives students a unique opportunity to design their own research projects and provides $5,000 to fund it. C-SURF participants are also connected with distinguished faculty and Office of Undergraduate Research staff.

9. Chancellor’s Science Scholars– Science and math lovers can become Chancellor’s Science Scholars through Excel@Carolina. This program places students in a tightly-knit cohort of like-minded students, provides students research opportunities with world-renowned faculty members and gives students specialized advising & career planning assistance. Scholars also receive an annual merit scholarship.

10. First-Year Fellows in the Johnston Center of Undergraduate Excellence– First-year fellows connect with distinguished Carolina community members, are immersed in UNC’s extensive opportunities & resources and are assured a seat in one of their top-choice first-year seminars. Fellows also join a cohort for social and community gatherings throughout the year.

11. Honors Carolina– Honors Carolina students seek the most challenging and enriching experiences UNC has to offer. Honors students receive priority registration for more than 160 honors courses, which are taught by award-winning professors and typically contain no more than 25 students. Honors students also have the opportunity to conduct original honors research and participate in honors study abroad programs.

12. Pre-Enrollment for Buckley Public Service Scholars Program– Students with a passion for service will want to consider this Excel@Carolina opportunity, which gives first-years access to leadership & skill development programs, Outward Bound scholarships, special service-learning courses and community-based activities.

13. Summer Study Abroad Fellowship– Summer Study Abroad Fellows receive $5,000 to help fund a UNC-approved summer study abroad program. Fellows may choose from more than 80 summer study abroad programs in more than 30 countries throughout the globe.

Oct 16

You Applied Early Action…What Next?

A big thank you to all of you who have submitted applications in the past few days for our Early Action deadline. We’re delighted to have the chance to get to know you through your applications. Now that you’ve submitted your application, you’re probably wondering…what next?

Once you submit both your application and your application fee payment (or indicate that you’ll pay by check or fee waiver), we’ll receive your information the next business day. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to happen next:

  • Look out for two emails from us. The first will confirm that we received your application, and the second will give you details on how to create your UNC Guest ID so that you can log into ConnectCarolina. This is an online portal where you’ll be able to track the status of your application. Please wait until you receive our email before you set up your account, as there are important instructions in the email that you’ll need to follow. (Didn’t receive the email? Check your junk folder–our emails will come from, so we encourage you to add us to your safe-sender list. If you still can’t find the email and it’s been more than a week since you submitted your application, use that email address to contact us so we can re-send it.)
  • Confirm your email address. We’ll also send an email asking you to fill out a brief online form to confirm that the email address you provided on your application is accurate and the best place to reach you. We’ll be communicating with you entirely through email, so it’s very important that we stay in touch!
  • Track your application status through your ConnectCarolina Student Center. Once you’ve set up your account, you’ll be able to view your Admissions To Do List on ConnectCarolina. This is where we’ll post any required materials that are still missing from your application. It can take several weeks for sent materials to update on your To Do List, especially if they were sent by snail mail, so don’t panic if you see items on the list that you know you’ve sent. Just keep an eye on the list to make sure everything is on track with your application. We may post new items (such as an extended residency form or other additional information that we need) over the course of the next couple months, so it’s a good idea to log in periodically to make sure we have everything we need to review your application.
  • Sit back and await your decision. We know, this is the hardest part! Early Action applicants will receive a decision by the end of January. This year, we are saving many tall and beautiful trees by not printing paper decision letters. When your decision is available, you’ll be able to view it on your ConnectCarolina Student Center.
  • Have questions? Let us know by leaving a comment below! And don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email, or social media at any time if we can help.

Oct 15

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 76

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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You’ll never know what you can do unless you apply!


Submit your Common Application online by 11:59pm ET to be considered for Early Action!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Thanks for reading our 76 reasons why you should apply early action for UNC!

Oct 14

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 75

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 75: Early Action deadline is not a binding decision, so why not find out your decision earlier?

Need some last minute advice? Check out this video:

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Oct 13

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 74

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 74: Watch this video to ensure that you have all the materials needed to submit your application.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Oct 12

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 73

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 73: University Day celebrates the day Carolina’s founders laid the first cornerstone of the university. Apply early to join a community rich in history and tradition.

Old East, built in 1793, is the oldest building on campus and currently serves as the home for 67 students.

Did you know the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the country? Learn more about Carolina’s history here.

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Oct 11

76 Reasons to Apply Early Action – Reason 72

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 72: It’s the last weekend before the Early Action deadline! Use this weekend to do some final proofreading on your application.

While you’re at it, picture your weekends on campus as a Tar Heel.What will you do? Cheer at games? Study with friends? Go to community events in your residence hall? Leave an answer in the comments!

Click here for more information regarding Early Action.

Oct 10

Early Action Twitter Chat, 2-5 p.m. ET on October 10, 2014

Today, October 10, we’ll be talking about UNC’s Early Action Deadline from 2-5 p.m. ET on Twitter. You can join in the conversation by tweeting your questions to @UNCAdmissions. Nervous? Excited? Panicked? No matter how you feel, we understand. We’ve been there. But it’s our turn to help you get everything you need ready for that looming October 15 deadline. Wondering if Early Action is for you? Have a question regarding test scores after the deadline? Confused about a question on the application? Need to waive an application fee? If you won’t be available to participate, perhaps because you’ll be working on your application, feel free to send your questions ahead of time and we’ll include them in the chat.