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Mar 29

FAQs for Students with a Waitlist Decision

For those of you who received an offer to be included on our waiting list, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We know you have already waited so patiently, and we know how frustrating this can be – particularly for those of you who applied early action.

If you accept a place on our waiting list, we’ll consider you for any spaces that are available in the class after we hear back from our admitted students by the May 1 enrollment deadline. In the early part of May, we’ll determine how many spaces are available, and we’ll review the applications of all of the students who accepted a place on the waiting list. As the list is not ranked, we are not able to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit also varies a great deal from year to year. We won’t know for some time what this year will hold.

If we have additional space in the class, we’ll begin making offers to waitlisted students by the end of May. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise to have a final decision to all students by the end of June.

You can find more information about the waiting list here. Please let us know if you have any other questions by writing to us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Mar 30

FAQs for Students with a Waitlist Decision

For those of you who received an offer to be included on our waiting list, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We know you have already waited so patiently, and we know how frustrating this can be – particularly for those of you who applied early action.

If you accept a place on our waiting list, we’ll consider you for any spaces that are available in the class after we hear back from our admitted students by the May 1 enrollment deadline. In the early part of May, we’ll determine how many spaces are available, and we’ll review the applications of all of the students who accepted a place on the waiting list. As the list is not ranked, we are not able to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit also varies a great deal from year to year. We won’t know for some time what this year will hold.

If we have additional space in the class, we’ll begin making offers to waitlisted students by the end of May. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise to have a final decision to all students by the end of June.

You can find more information about the waiting list here. Please let us know if you have any other questions by writing to us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Apr 10

Transfer Credit FAQs

We’re working hard to finalize official evaluations of transfer credit for all of our newly-admitted transfer students. Students will receive a course-by-course evaluation by email; we’ll begin sending these emails today and continue sending them daily as we complete evaluations.

Below are some of our most frequently-asked questions. Don’t see an answer to your question here? Leave a comment or contact us.

How will my credits transfer? You may transfer a maximum of 75 semester hours from a four-year school and 64 semester hours from a two-year school. In general, you will be awarded credit for an academic course with a grade of a C or better from an accredited institution if Carolina offers an equivalent course. Please note that college algebra, engineering, architecture, agricultural and other technical courses do not transfer. Additionally, professional school courses such as business, journalism, education and nursing rarely transfer. For more, please see the Transfer Credit Guide.

How will the courses that I’ve transferred fulfill Carolina’s curriculum and my degree requirements?
Once you’ve received your course-by-course evaluation, the following resources will be helpful to see how the transferred courses will fit into Carolina’s curriculum and individual degree requirements:

  • The University Catalog provides complete information about degree requirements, all majors and minors available at Carolina, course descriptions, and information about policies and procedures at Carolina.
  • Academic Worksheets, which provide a one page synopsis of degree requirements, are available on the Advising website.
  • Departmental websites offer additional helpful information. View a full listing of department pages.
  • Academic Advising will be a great resource as you plan your curriculum at Carolina. To get started, view the Transfer Student Advising Module and other important information for transfers.

How do I find the abbreviations for the courses listed in the undergraduate bulletin? You can find the abbreviations for the courses listed in the University Catalog under the Table of Contents. The Table of Contents in the undergraduate bulletin will let you know on what page(s) the course abbreviations are listed.

What if I went to both a 2-year school and a 4-year school? Is my cap 64 or 75 credit hours? If a student takes courses from a combination of a two-year and four-year institution, the maximum number of transferable hours will be determined by the most recent institution attended. So, if the last institution a student attended is two-year then the student can only transfer a maximum of 64 hours, while if the most recent institution was a four-year then the student can transfer a maximum of 75 hours.

Why didn’t I receive transfer credit for ENGL 105? Effective this fall, transfer students no longer receive credit for ENGL 105 credit by taking ENGL 101 and 102 courses at their previous university. Credit may still be granted for a comparable writing course as approved by UNC’s Writing Program. Students may submit a portfolio examination to the Writing Program to petition for credit; learn more on the Writing Program’s website. Students from North Carolina community colleges who transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement may still receive transfer credit for ENGL 105.

Do dual enrollment courses count towards my transferrable hours? Yes.

I would like to have my courses re-evaluated. What is the process? Once you indicate your intent to enroll, you may request a re-evaluation by submitting a Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Form. Prior to enrollment, contact our office to discuss your credit.

I need to register for classes. When will I receive my evaluation? All students should receive their official evaluation of transfer credit by the end of April.

Do military courses transfer? We offer some transfer credit for educational training completed while serving in the U.S. Military. Learn more.

How can I get a copy of my transfer credit evaluation? You will receive your transfer credit evaluation by email. If you do not receive your evaluation by the end of April or if you need the email re-sent, let us know by emailing us at transfercredit@admissions.unc.edu

Do you offer credit for AP or IB tests? UNC awards course and/or placement credit for certain AP, IB, A-Level, and SAT II scores. To find out if your scores qualify, please visit our Placement Credit page. An official score report must be sent from the testing agency. To view the scores we have received, please visit your ConnectCarolina Student Center and click on “View my test scores.” Credit will be awarded after you have indicated your intent to enroll at UNC and we have received your official scores.

Apr 9

FAQs for Transfer Students

After a careful review process, we released decisions for transfer applicants earlier today. As always, we were honored to receive many applications and as always, we had to make many tough decisions. Most students may now view their decision through ConnectCarolina (see instructions here). A small number of applicants are still under review and will not receive a decision today. If you’re one of these students, you should have received an email notification with more details. We hope to have your decision available soon.

Below are some frequent questions we get from transfer students. Please just let us know what other questions you have by leaving a comment below or by contacting us.

Admitted Student FAQs
When will I know how my credits will transfer?
We’re now evaluating the transfer credit of admitted students and all students will receive an emailed evaluation of credit within the next two weeks. Please make sure your email address is listed correctly in your ConnectCarolina Student Center and add “unchelp@admissions.unc.edu” to your safe-sender email list. In the meantime, check out our Transferring Your Courses page to learn more about how we evaluate transfer credit.

What does it mean to waive my enrollment deposit?
When you enroll at Carolina, you can either choose to waive or pay the $250 enrollment deposit. If you choose to enroll with the $250 deposit, this amount will be subtracted from your total first semester payments. If you plan on receiving financial aid, you may waive the $250 enrollment deposit. As aid funds become available, you will be responsible for any remaining payments for tuition, fees, and housing.

When will I receive my financial aid package?
Over the next 1-2 weeks, the Student Aid Office will have a financial aid package available for you to view. You’ll need to create an Onyen in order to view the information online. We also encourage you to create your UNC email and check it frequently because the Student Aid Office will communicate with you through that email account. Learn more.

When is the enrollment deadline?
We ask that you reply to our offer of admission by May 15.

I’m ready to enroll. What’s next?
Hooray! Check out this transfer checklist for the next steps you’ll want to take.

When should I register for classes?
As soon as possible. The Advising Office has some great information for new transfer students here. Soon after enrolling, you can make an appointment online to speak with an academic advisor in person or by phone or Skype. It’s best to register for classes as soon as you can, so that you’ll have the best selection of courses available. Soon after you receive your official credit evaluation, you’ll receive more information by email from the Academic Advising Office about how to get started.

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Waitlisted Students
We know a waitlist decision is hard to receive and we hate to ask you to wait still longer for a final decision from us. But we will do our best to get you a decision as soon as we can. Most of your questions will likely be answered in this FAQ sheet, which offers information on how we review our waiting list and how many students we’ve admitted in past years from the waiting list. If you have more questions, please let us know!

Mar 27

FAQs for Admitted Students

Earlier today, we posted decisions for Regular Decision applicants and deferred Early Action applicants on ConnectCarolina. (Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our Instructions for Viewing your Decision.) Below are some FAQs for admitted, waitlisted, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post, please scroll down to the next posts for deferred and denied FAQs.

I’ve been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We might be biased, but we think it’s the best undergraduate experience to be had. We’ll do our best over the next month to help you find out all you can about Carolina, so that you can decide if it’s the best place for you. One of the best ways to get to know our community and the opportunities available here is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina is included with the enrollment packet that will arrive next week, and you’ll also get more details via email within the next day or two. From the events section of your MyCarolina, you’ll be able to view all of your admitted-student event invitations and choose which event you’ll attend.

Our Enroll pages have detailed information on the next steps you’ll need to take when you’re ready to enroll.

Will I receive any merit scholarships?
Every student who applies to UNC is considered for our institutional merit-based scholarships. Our first commitment is to need-based aid, though, and we strive to keep tuition low and offer enough need-based aid to make it possible for every admitted student to afford UNC, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. In fact, our combination of affordability and academic excellence has made us Kiplinger’s Best Value for 14 years running. But because we devote so many of our resources to need-based aid, we’re not able to offer as many merit-based scholarships as we would like.

Students who will receive a merit-based scholarship were invited to Scholarship Day earlier this month. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina are awarded to the students who attend Scholarship Day. Although there may still be a small handful of merit scholarships awarded over the next few weeks, the majority have been awarded at this point.

If you aren’t initially offered a merit-based scholarship, please know that at Carolina you will have multiple opportunities to earn a variety of awards once you arrive on campus. Read more about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.

Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?
Later this evening, we’ll send an email to select admitted students regarding Excel@Carolina, a special program featuring extraordinary opportunities for outstanding first-year students. These programs include HonorsCarolina, assured admission to our professional schools, $5,000 fellowships for summer study abroad and research, and more. In the email, we ask students to indicate which of these opportunities they’re most interested in. We’ll then use those preferences as part of our final decisions about these opportunities.

What about financial aid?
All students who applied for financial aid will receive their aid package in the coming weeks. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid awards student aid packages as quickly as they can, but you can help by making sure they have all of the information they need. Check your To-Do List in ConnectCarolina periodically to make sure they haven’t requested more information. Also, create your Onyen and UNC email account, as that is how the Student Aid office will communicate with you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

Have questions for UNC students? 
Join the Facebook group Admitted: UNC19 to connect with both other admitted students and current UNC students. In the group, you can ask current students any question you like, and you’ll also get a chance to meet other admitted students who are considering Carolina.

You can also meet other new students using the hashtag #UNC19 on Twitter and Facebook.

Congratulations again on your admission to Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall! Just let us know in the comments below if you have any additional questions.

Mar 27

FAQs for Waitlisted Students

For those of you who received a waitlist decision, we’re sorry to ask you to wait even longer for your final decision. We know you have already waited so patiently, and we know how frustrating this can be – particularly for those of you who applied early action.

If you accept a place on our waiting list, we’ll consider you for any spaces that are available in the class after we hear back from our admitted students by the May 1 enrollment deadline. In the early part of May, we’ll determine how many spaces are available, and we’ll review the applications of all of the students who accepted a place on the waiting list. Since the list isn’t ranked, there’s no way to predict any student’s chances of admission. How many waitlisted students we can admit varies a great deal from year to year, so we won’t know for some time what this year will hold.

If we have additional space in the class, we’ll begin making offers to waitlisted students by the end of May. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise to have a final decision to all students by the end of June.

A list of FAQs is linked in your online decision, and you can also view it here. Please read it carefully as it should answer most of your questions, but feel free to post a comment  below or get in touch with us if you have others.

Mar 27

FAQs for Denied Students

If we disappointed you today, we are truly sorry. We know how hard it is to receive this kind of bad news, and we really hate delivering it. Please know that it’s not you, it’s us. We have so many talented applicants – nearly 32,000 this year – and space for only about 4,000 in our first-year class. We have to deny many talented students who would do great things here.

If you had your heart set on Carolina, there’s a great article published recently in the New York Times that you should read. The author, Frank Bruni, writes that “life is defined by setbacks, and success is determined by the ability to rebound from them…there’s no single juncture, no one crossroads, on which everything hinges.”

We hope you have an amazing college experience wherever you choose to attend. But if you’re interested in transferring in a year or two, we hope you’ll keep us in mind. Many students who are initially denied as first-year students later successfully apply to us as transfers. You might also consider one of our great graduate programs after your undergraduate career.

Here are a few of the frequently-asked questions we hear from denied students. If you have other questions, use the comments below or get in touch with us.

Is this decision final?
Yes. We’re sorry, but we can’t re-consider your application this year. However, if your heart is set on Carolina, there’s always the option of transferring after a year or two at another school.

Why did you deny me?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question because our review is holistic. We don’t deny any student on the basis of a single number or a single grade, but instead we consider everything we know about a student. We work hard to give each student a thorough, careful review but ultimately, we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for the many talented students who apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?
Each year we enroll approximately 900 transfer students into the sophomore and junior classes at Carolina. Transfer students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University. For more advice, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Feb 6

So You Got Into UNC….Now What? Explore Carolina!

When I was accepted to UNC, I knew I’d want to come back and visit again. I had toured once before, but as I was making my final choice about where to go to school, I wanted to see my options one more time.  I came to Chapel Hill for an Explore Carolina session and it really helped me make up my mind.  I was able to attend panels in different departments on campus, hear from current students about life at Carolina, and see a model dorm room. Below, I’ve listed some things that I found most helpful and that you definitely wouldn’t want to miss at Explore Carolina.

  1. Campus Services Fair

Campus Health Services, Carolina Computing Initiative, Campus Dining Services, Granville Towers, Housing & Residential Education, New Student & Carolina Parent Programs, Greek Life, Public Safety, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Student Success, Retention, Transportation, and Carolina Kickoff can answer your questions about many different aspects of life at UNC.

These departments and organizations cover a lot of important areas for incoming students.  Housing and Residential Education can talk to you about dorm life and the First Year Experience program.  Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI) can tell you about the advantages of having a CCI computer.  If you’re interested in Greek Life you can hear more about how to get involved and Campus Health Services can tell you where to go if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

  1. Study abroad information session

There are Tar Heels everywhere! By studying abroad you’ll travel with some current Tar Heels and possibly meet some in other countries too.  Study abroad provides travel opportunities for UNC students during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer. One of my best decisions at Carolina was studying abroad with 24 other UNC students and a UNC professor in England.  Representatives from the study abroad office can provide you with more details about all of the possible locations to visit and topics to study.

  1. Student Panel for students

The parents get their own panel, so this one is all yours!  Current UNC students will answer questions about life at UNC and give you a better perspective on being a student at Carolina.  Try to stop by one of these panels throughout the day (there were a few last year) – it’s a really good chance to get an inside take on being a student at UNC and to ask any questions you might have.
Those are my highlights, but you can find your own on the Explore Carolina agenda! This year’s agenda is not quite ready, but in the meantime be sure to check out the Explore Carolina FAQs for more information. Explore Carolina helped me see why it’s always a GDTBATH (good day to be a Tar Heel), so I hope your visit will be just as great!

 

Nicole Siegel is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Journalism. She is a member of Order of the Bell Tower, she is a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, and she works for the Daily Tar Heel. She can be reached at ngsiegel@live.unc.edu.

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 4

What Makes You Stand Out: Submitting Your Application Edition

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Jazmin Garcia Smith explains application deadlines, how to submit your application, and what all you need to submit with your application.