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The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jun 18

Fall 2019-2020 Application Prompts

We’re excited to announce the prompts for the Fall 2019-2020 application! If you’re a first-year applicant, your responses will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for merit-based scholarships and other opportunities such as Excel@Carolina.

UNC-specific short answer prompts: If you’re applying as a first-year or transfer applicant, you’ll choose two of the following prompts to respond to in 200-250 words.

  • Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life.
  • What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
  • What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want us to know?
  • What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?

Common Application essay:  If you’re a first-year applicant, you’ll choose one Common Essay prompt to respond to in 250-650 words. These prompts are common to all schools who accept the Common Application, and you can view the prompts here. Transfer students will not need to complete an essay.

Need help getting started? Check out this video from Rickita Blackmon, a member of the admissions team, who shares tips for writing a standout essay.

Jun 14

Final Waiting List Update

Today, we posted final decisions for students on the first-year and transfer waiting lists. Students received an email from us notifying them to log into MyCarolina to view their decision.
Because we had a very strong response this year, we had a limited number of spots in our incoming first-year and transfer classes available for students on the waiting lists. We’re sorry to disappoint the students who have waited for a final decision. We greatly appreciate your patience as we used the time to see if openings would become available.

As always, we are happy to assist you if you have questions, you may contact us at or 919-966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We believe you have a bright future ahead of you and wish you all the best as you continue your academic journey.