Meet Dr. Clemens (pictured left), an astrophysicist and faculty member at Carolina.
When I was young I disliked the question: “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I was curious about everything, and I didn’t want to settle on one subject. When I got an undergraduate degree in astrophysics and decided to go on to graduate school in astronomy, I was still in search of a way to study everything— the whole universe. When my first serious research project took me to the telescopes at McDonald Observatory, I found a passion for the gears, the grease, and the glass that extend our sight deep into the heavens, and I later came to Carolina to help build instrumentation that now measures the composition of crushed-up exoplanets as they fall onto burned-out stars.
But I did not lose my interest in everything else, and am excited every year to meet students at Carolina who are passionate about learning, both in the classroom and outside. The most interesting questions are still the ones science alone cannot answer. Who made all this? Why is it here? What are we supposed to do in it? For the eternally curious, the answers unfold over a lifetime, but the searching and learning are never more intense than in the four years spent as an undergraduate. Carolina students like to read and think deeply, and they are ready for challenging ideas. I try to contribute to this in the classroom by incorporating the humanities, especially history, into my work. Outside the classroom I am very open about my Christian faith and the ways in which I find it not only compatible with science but preceding it and standing under it.
I am delighted to live and work in a the great public university where students and faculty ask big questions and seek answers that are genuine and truthful.
Carolina alumni encourage and inspire us year after year. Learn how Charles McMillan’s Carolina education helped him reach his goals and how he is making the world a safer place – from the barracks to the classroom.
Charles McMillan, Class of 2015
2010: Leaves the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge and enrolls at Fayetteville Technical Community College with his eye on Carolina.
2013: Transfers to Carolina through the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP), which provides a clear pathway from community college to Carolina with continuous support.
2014: Selects Peace, War, and Defense (PWAD) as his major, combining his passion for national security and experiences in the military.
2015: Graduates from Carolina and lands a job working with government agencies at Oracle, a computer technology corporation.
Today: Continues his education at Johns Hopkins University working toward his master’s degree in Global Security Studies. “Graduating from UNC and being surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the country gave me the knowledge and confidence to succeed in academia.”
Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all transfer applicants with a decision. For FAQs by decision outcome, please click on the individual links below or scroll down to the next three posts.
Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.
I applied as a transfer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 new home.
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 for one of our admitted student information sessions that we’ll be hosting this spring. We’ll be sending you email invitations soon with event details and instructions on how to register.
When will I know how my credits will transfer?
We’re now evaluating the transfer credit of admitted students, and within the next few weeks (and no later than May 1), students will receive an email with their evaluation of credit. To ensure that you receive the email, please make sure your email address is listed correctly in your ConnectCarolina Student Center and add “email@example.com” to your safe-sender email list. In the meantime, check out our Transfer Credit section to learn more about how we evaluate transfer credit. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about transfer credit at an admitted student info session.
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. Within the next few days, you’ll receive more information by email from the Academic Advising Office about how to get started.
When will I hear back about financial 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, apply now!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (866-273-1622).
If you have any other questions, please let us know by writing to us at email@example.com or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m., EST.
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.
When will I receive my final decision from the waiting list?
After our May 15 enrollment deadline for admitted students, it will take us some time to determine whether any spaces will be available. If spaces become available, we will review the applications of students who have accepted a place on our waiting list, and we will offer admission to the number we believe will complete the class. We may make several rounds of offers, but we promise we will notify students of their final decision no later than June 30.
What are my chances of being admitted from the waiting list?
Unfortunately, we are not able to predict any student’s chances of being admitted. There has been little pattern from year to year in how many students are admitted from the waiting list, and we will not know whether we are able to admit students from the wait list until after the May 15 enrollment deadline for admitted students.
Nonetheless, the below chart provides the three most recent years of waiting list admission history. While the numbers vary each year, the history provides some scope between the number of students who accept positions on the waiting list and the number of students who are ultimately offered admission.
Are candidates on the waiting list ranked?
Candidates on the waiting list are not ranked. If spaces become available, we will consider all students who have accepted a place on our waiting list.
If spaces become available, how will candidates be reviewed?
If spaces become available, we will review only those candidates who have indicated, through their ConnectCarolina Student Center, that they wish to remain on the waiting list. We will take into account our previous evaluation of their credentials as well as their final grades, if those grades are available.
Please note: Candidates who do not indicate that they wish to remain on the waiting list will not be considered and will receive no further decision.
Will an interview or additional letters of recommendation affect my chances of being admitted from the waiting list?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to interview our waiting list candidates. Should spaces become available, our review will focus primarily on your original application and on any additional grades you may submit.
What, if any, additional information should I submit?
If your school year ends before we notify you of your final decision, please send us your final transcript. Beyond these final grades, we do not recommend that you send additional materials.
If admitted, will I be eligible for financial aid and campus housing?
The priority deadline for the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE need-based aid forms was March 1. Since grants, lower-interest loans, and funds for campus jobs are limited, they can usually be offered only to students who meet the March l deadline. If you met this deadline, you should be eligible for consideration for need-based aid. Please see http://studentaid.unc.edu/ for additional information. If you are admitted, you should complete and submit the application for campus housing as soon as possible at housing.unc.edu. Applications are assigned in the order that they’re received.
What else should I do?
Again, to be considered for any spaces that may become available, you must indicate that you wish to accept a place on our waiting list no later than May 1, 2018. Log into your ConnectCarolina Student Center, and follow the steps that are provided in your online decision. As you wait for a final decision from us, we recommend that you confirm plans—either at your current institution or at another school to which you’ve been admitted—by its specified deadline.
Please let us know if you have any other questions by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.
We’re sorry for the disappointment we’ve caused you. We have so many talented applicants – about 3,200 transfer applications this year – and space for only about 750 transfer students for the incoming 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, visit “Appendix A.”
If you have additional questions, please let us know by writing to us at email@example.com or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.
If you applied as a transfer applicant to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision by mid-April 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!
- Go to https://connectcarolina.unc.edu/.
- Click on Login to ConnectCarolina Student Center.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options
- On the Privacy tab, under Pop-up Blocker, select or clear the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box, and then select OK.
- On the right side of the Toolbar, click the wrench
- Go to the Tools tab.
- To allow pop-ups, uncheck the box next to “Pop-up blocker.”
- Click Save.
- On the top menu, click “Tools” and choose Options.
- Select “Privacy and Security” from the left side navigation.
- Under permissions locate:• Block pop-up windows: Uncheck this to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.
- 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.
- Click on the Yahoo Toolbar’s popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
- Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More (three dots).
- Click Settings.
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Under “Privacy and security,” click Content settings.
- Click Popups.
- Turn Allowed on or off.
- Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Security.
- Select “Block pop-up windows,” then deselect Allow WebGL and Allow Plug-ins.
Or, for an older version of Safari, try:
- Open Safari
- Click on the Safari Menu
- Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”
Meet Gabriela Frazelle, a senior at Carolina from Florida.
I found my first “faith home” in Chapel Hill. Wherever I may go in life I will always think of Chapel Hill to remind me to root myself in faith — specifically, a crosswalk on Franklin Street that bears a sign with the message, “Walk with the light.” Whenever I see this I always think about how everywhere we go we should be walking with the light of Jesus. I go to a church called “Love Chapel Hill” where we say, “Our name is our mission — to love Chapel Hill with the heart of Jesus.”
Going to a school like UNC, it is easy to think about everything in terms of Chapel Hill and Tar Heels. I like going to a church that takes this philosophy and translates it into pouring into the community that is so special to us. Our “church” is really a movie theatre on Franklin Street- a purposeful choice from our leaders to ensure that we are at the center of town—accessible to students and “townies” alike.
Every Valentine’s Day, we give out flowers to show people that they are loved; every August we hold church service at the Old Well to remind ourselves that we are a part of the Chapel Hill community; and every winter we collect coats to give to those who need help staying warm.
Since joining Love Chapel Hill, my faith has matured tremendously. I have been able to join Bible studies that help me to learn about the Word, and I have been a part of community outreach that helps me put the Word into actions. Love Chapel Hill has taught me that caring for the community around you is a big part of sharing the love of Jesus with the world.
You can’t separate “the University of North Carolina” from the fact that we are “at Chapel Hill.” The town and the school are linked, each thriving off the other; it’s one of the most special things about this place. Love Chapel Hill celebrates this wonderful city through our love for Jesus Christ. I consider myself very blessed that my four years at Carolina were intertwined with my four years at Love, two places that will always represent some of the best years of my life.
|Carolina students come from a variety of religious backgrounds and faiths. Like Gabrielle, many choose to to continue their spiritual journeys at Carolina through organizations on campus or in the local community. Have a story? We regularly feature different perspectives from Carolina students and invite you to share yours.