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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jan 26

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all those Early Action applicants with a decision. For FAQs by decision outcome, please click on the individual links below or scroll down to the next three posts.

FAQs for Students Offered Admission
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Deferred to Regular Decision
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Denied

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.

I applied as an Early Action applicant, but I can’t see my decision. What do I do?
If your application is still under review, you should have received an email notification about when you’ll be able to view your decision.

If you haven’t been notified of a delay, and are unable to view your decision after following the instructions, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621.

We are so honored by your interest in Carolina and enjoyed getting to know you through your application. Please contact us if you have additional questions. As always, we’re here to help.

Jan 26

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Denied

We’re sorry for the disappointment we’ve caused you. We have so many talented applicants – more than 43,000 first-year applications this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year class. We have to turn away many talented students who we know would do well here and contribute to the life of the University.

Why did you deny my application?
There isn’t a simple answer to this question because our review depends on the whole of each student’s application, not any one part of it. We don’t deny any student based on a single number or a single grade; instead, we consider everything we’ve learned. We review each decision multiple times, and ultimately, we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don’t have space for all of the talented students who apply.

May I appeal my decision?
You can appeal your decision if you think our decision not to offer you admission violated our own admissions policy or resulted from an error. Our admissions policies are published here. As for errors, we typically can’t consider an error on your part – for example, your not telling us about something in your application that you now think might have made a difference. Nor can we typically consider new information – that is, something that has happened since your application was submitted.

If you believe your circumstances warrant an appeal, you must submit your appeal within 30 days of the date when we made your decision available online. Only you may submit your appeal, and you must do so in writing. To find out more about appeals, “Appendix A.”

Whether or not you appeal, if your heart remains set on Carolina, we encourage you to read on to learn more about the transfer student experience and how to apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?

If your heart is set on Carolina, please know that each year we enroll approximately 800 transfer students. These 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.

If you’d like to find more information about the transfer student experience, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We wish you the best of luck as you begin your college experience – whether you decide to apply as a transfer student in the future or if you find your new home at another college or university.

Jan 26

FAQs for Students Offered Admission

If you’ve been notified of your admission to Carolina through your ConnectCarolina Student Center, congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years.

I’ve viewed my decision in my ConnectCarolina Student Center and learned that I’ve been admitted! What do I do next?
If you’re ready to enroll, we hope you’ll let us know. Please visit the enroll section of our website to find out how.

Whether you enroll now or later, over the next few weeks, we’ll help you learn more about Carolina. We encourage you to join us, if possible, for one or more of the events for admitted students that the University will be hosting this spring. Events will include Admitted Student Days, special information sessions, and Diversity & Inclusion events. We’ll be sending you email invitations soon with event details and instructions on how to register.

Am I being considered for any special opportunities such as merit scholarships or Honors Carolina?
All students who were offered admission were considered for Honors Carolina and other special opportunities. Students who have been selected for one of these programs will be notified during the next several weeks.

When will I hear back about financial aid?
All students who were offered admission were considered for non-need-based scholarships. Students who will be offered one of these scholarships will be notified during the next several weeks.

As for need-based scholarships and other forms of need-based student aid, if you’ve already submitted both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile, you should hear shortly, through ConnectCarolina, from the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Create your UNC ID, or as we call it, your ONYEN (“The Only Name You’ll Ever Need”), and your UNC email account. This is how the student aid office will communicate with you. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA and CSS Profile, you must do so by the priority deadline of March 1.

It’s also crucial that you check your To-Do List in ConnectCarolina to make sure the aid office has all the information it needs. More information is available on the Student Aid website or by email ( or phone (866-273-1622).

Each year entering students earn scholarships from external scholarships from organizations such as the General Alumni Association and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Here’s some additional information about these scholarships.

Please let us know if you have any other questions by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m., EST.

Jan 26

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Deferred to Regular Decision

If you received notification that your application has been deferred to the Regular Decision pool, we’re sorry to ask you to wait longer for a final decision, and we promise to be back in touch with you by the end of March.

What does a deferral mean?
A deferred decision means that we need more time and more information about our full applicant pool to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will soon be asked to report, any new information about your activities and accomplishments, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.

What do you mean by midyear grades?
Midyear grades are your most recent grades in all of the courses you’ve taken so far this year. Most students report first-semester grades. If your school is on a trimester system, you may report your first trimester grades.

What are my chances of being admitted?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict at this point. We ended up offering admission to 4 percent of deferred students last year and 10 percent the previous year. We won’t know until March how many we’ll be able to admit this year.

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Submit your midyear grades online. We’ll send you an email in early February with instructions. We do not need an official midyear transcript; instead you’ll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well; our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. We’d also appreciate hearing about any of your updated activities or accomplishments. You may email a short description to These are the three steps we ask you to take; beyond them, we hope you’ll focus on making the most of your final year of high school.

Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes! The Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1, so you’ll still want to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile in case we are able to admit you. This will then allow you to be considered for the fullest array of financial aid opportunities. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

We wish you a successful finish to your senior year and thank you for your patience as you wait for a final decision. If you have any questions, or if you would prefer that we not consider you further and withdraw your application, please contact us at or at (919) 966-3621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., EST.

Jan 24

How to View Your Decision When Available

If you applied for the Early Action deadline to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision toward the end of the month in your Connect Carolina Student Center. Here are a few tips for when you log into your Student Center when your decision is available.

Thanks again for your interest in Carolina!

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.
  3. Login with your Guest ID.  If you do not have a Guest ID, please follow the email instructions we sent to you.  If you do not have these instructions, please email us at
  4. Under Admissions, click on “Click here to view your decision in a new window.  Please make sure popup-blocking software is disabled.” In order to view your decision, please note that, if applicable, the pop-up blocker feature on your browser must be disabled.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options
  2. On the Privacy tab, under Pop-up Blocker, select or clear the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box, and then select OK.

Google Toolbar:

  1. On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench
  2. Go to the Tools tab.
  3. To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
  4. Click Save.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. On the top menu, click “Tools” and choose Options.
  2. Select “Privacy and Security” from the left side navigation.
  3. Under permissions locate:• Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.


  1. On the AOL Toolbar, click the Blocking Pop-ups icon, then click Turn Pop-up Controls Off.• Note: The Pop-Up Blocker icon will display a green light symbol over a white window to indicate that you have enabled pop-ups on all websites.

Yahoo Toolbar:

  1. Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
  2. Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.


  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More (three dots).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  5. Under “Privacy and security,” click Content settings.
  6. Click Popups.
  7. Turn Allowed on or off.


  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
  2. Select “Block pop-up windows,” then deselect Allow WebGL and Allow Plug-ins.

Or, for an older version of Safari, try:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click on the Safari Menu
  3. Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”