Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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

Aug 2

First-Year Application is Open!

The UNC-Chapel Hill application for Fall 2019 first-year admission is now live on the Common Application website. Only your application and application fee or application fee waiver request are due by the deadline. Check out our Apply page for more information. We can’t wait to read your application and get to know you!

FIRST-YEAR ADMISSION: Consider applying by our Early Action deadline of October 15, 2018. You’ll receive your decision earlier and will have more time to decide if Carolina is right for you. You’ll also be considered for more opportunities such as scholarships and special academic programs when you apply by October 15. See more about our deadlines.

TRANSFER ADMISSION: If you’re interested in applying as a transfer student, you may begin completing the common portion of the application now; the UNC-Chapel Hill specific portion of the transfer application will be available on September 1. The deadline to submit your application is February 15, 2019.

We’re here to answer any questions you have. Call us at 919.966.3621 or email us at

Jul 10

The Writing Center with Candice & Candace

We don’t often think of writing as a team sport. From cover letters to a 10-page paper analyzing the electoral systems of European and African nations, writing in college can often feel like a marathon. This race against the clock to develop creative thesis statements and succinct closing paragraphs can make writing seem like a chore rather than the challenging, creative, and rewarding activity it’s meant to be.

Thanks to my 53 (and counting) appointments at the writing center, enjoyable writing has become a common experience in my college career. Think of the writing center as a brain training facility. Your equipment includes scrap paper and pencils, comfortable couches, bean bag chairs, and cubicles for coaching sessions along with large tables for group collaboration. By far, my favorite thing about the Writing Center is my coach Candace. While I did choose her to be my coach because of our shared name, the fact that she’s coached me throughout my three years at Carolina speaks volumes for her outstanding work.

Similar to any sport, coaches at the writing center ensure that writing is no longer a private struggle as they push you to reach your writing goals. When you’re stuck, a coach is there to jump start your thinking process and listen to any ideas you have. If you’re on a roll, your coach is available to encourage you while guiding your writing progress for grammar and clarity.

But what do writing coaches do exactly? The way that a coach works is entirely up to students, giving them ample opportunities to learn about their personal writing process. Whether students want to talk out loud, reverse outline, brainstorm, or color map, diligent use of the writing center can help you become a better writer by teaching and training you to write using your strengths.

My best writing usually starts when I articulate my ideas out loud before putting pen to paper.  Candace and I often go back and forth filtering my ideas to make sure that my creativity and knowledge of the topic stay in line with the stipulations of my prompts. One of the most useful techniques I’ve learned at the Writing Center is reverse outlining. Going through every paragraph to make sure that it is tied directly to the thesis statement results in a final essay that is clear and convincing. This can be a long process, but it’s crucial to ensure that your work can stand out from the crowd.

Add on the major availability of the center, which is open from Sunday to Friday during the academic year, along with late night writing boot camps, this campus resource is more than willing to meet students halfway. If you can’t meet in person, submit your draft online for feedback or pick from over 80 different online handouts for help with a variety of common writing roadblocks.

Whether you only come in with a prompt or have a finished piece that looks perfect, an appointment at the writing center is always a good idea.


The Writing Center’s main location is Student and Academic Services Building (SASB) North with a second location at Greenlaw Hall, Room 221.

Schedule appointments, submit drafts for an online writing appointment and find writing handouts at


Jun 25

Fall 2018-2019 Application Prompts

We’re excited to announce the prompts for the Fall 2018-2019 application for first-year and transfer admission! While the application isn’t live yet on the Common Application website, we want to give you an opportunity to consider your responses ahead of time. 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: 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: 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.

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 5

Final Waiting List Update

Yesterday, 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 their ConnectCarolina Student Center to view their decision.

Because we had a very strong response this year, we had very few 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.

Apr 19

Answering Big Questions with Science, History, and Faith

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.


Apr 6

FAQs for Transfer Applicants

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.

FAQs for Students Offered Admissions
FAQs for Students with a Waiting List 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 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 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.

Apr 6

FAQ’s for Transfer 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 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 “” 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 ( or phone (866-273-1622).

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

Apr 6

FAQs for Transfer Students with a Waiting List 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.

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 for additional information. If you are admitted, you should complete and submit the application for campus housing as soon as possible at 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 or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.

Apr 6

FAQs for Transfer Students Whose Applications Were Denied

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 or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.

Apr 5

How to View Your Decision When Available

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!

  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”