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

Oct 15

Early Action Deadline Extended to Friday, October 19

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Knowing that many of you were without power for the past several days, we’ve extended our Early Action application deadline to Friday, October 19 at 11:59 p.m.

There’s no need to contact us if you’d like to take advantage of the deadline extension. When you’re ready to apply, simply click here.

Only your application and application fee or fee waiver request must be submitted by the deadline. We will continue to accept supplemental materials, including recommendation letters and transcripts, through November 1.

If you’ve already submitted your application, thank you. We can’t wait to learn more about you!


Sep 21

To Students Affected by Hurricane Florence

We know that many communities in North Carolina and elsewhere have been impacted by Hurricane Florence and will continue to feel the effects of the storm in the coming weeks as they rebuild and recover. If you are thinking about applying to Carolina and are facing challenges from Florence, please reach out to us at We will do our very best to support you.

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.

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 3

Finding My Faith Home in Chapel Hill

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.

Mar 22

Double Carolina Alumn by Way of Community College

Meet Roy Dawson, a double alumnus from Alamance County, NC. (UNC ’11, UNC School of Law ’14)

C-STEP changed my life. I had been a short order cook, video store clerk, manufacturing plant worker, lube shop manager and a meat delivery driver before learning about the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). I was a high school dropout with eight years of moving from job to job when I found my way to Alamance Community College in 2007.

I had been attending ACC in pursuit of an Associate Degree in Computer Science. It was in an English course where I read a personal essay aloud to the class that prompted Professor Maria Baskins to ask me if I would be interested in C-STEP. Not long later, I was Carolina bound.

C-STEP is a program that guarantees students admission to UNC provided they meet certain criteria such as cumulative GPA requirements, among other things. One of the first things I noticed about Carolina was the size of the campus. There was a learning curve with regarding to navigating campus as compared to community college. This transition was made easier with C-STEP. C-STEP allowed me to transfer to UNC with a group of friends who helped each other. We shared information such as how to find the bus schedule, how do the meal plans work and how do we get tickets to the basketball games? Being able to transfer to UNC as a group allowed me to feel a part of the Carolina Community almost immediately.

Classes at UNC were challenging and exciting. I remember how cool it was to be taught by professors who literally wrote the text book for the class. I made sure to take advantage of classroom discussions. My perspective as a non-traditional student was always welcomed.

After graduating from UNC in 2011, I enrolled in UNC Law, graduating in 2014. I am now an attorney practicing in Eastern North Carolina. It was in C-STEP that I met my wife, Dayla. We were married in 2011 and we are expecting our first child this Summer. C-STEP changed my life.

C-STEP has served nearly 800 community college students in finding a path to Carolina and beyond. Have a story? We regularly feature different perspectives from Carolina students and invite you to share yours.

Mar 21

Exploring My Multiple Identities at Carolina

Meet Reina Kinnaly, a sophomore at Carolina from Jacksonville, NC.

As a first-generation student, Carolina Covenant scholar, and daughter of a retired Marine, being at Carolina has been a dream come true. Through the Covenant, I don’t have to burden my parents with tuition, and it has been a huge weight off my family. I also love that I’m able to show my brother and sister that they can go to college, too. You’ll find me sharing this same message with middle school students as a volunteer for the First Look program at the UNC Visitors Center!

Since coming to Carolina, I’ve been exploring different pathways. Like many people, I started as a Biology major. Now, I’m studying Exercise and Sport Science and Medical Anthropology and aspire to be in some type of position in the medical field or maybe education or counseling.

I’ve also been able to get involved with organizations that mean a lot to me—the Recreational Women’s Lacrosse and the Pacific Islander Student Association. Lacrosse reminded me of high school since I was part of the first women’s lacrosse team there. The Pacific Islander Student Association was something new for me since I didn’t have anything like it in high school. I’ve always identified the Filipino side of me as Pacific Islander (PI) /Asian, and this organization is a space for PI identifying students on campus to create a community and educate the campus about our culture. People typically assume PI means Hawaii and hula outfits, but it’s a lot more than that. In our meetings, we focus on different topics including the American influence on the Pacific Islands. Most recently, we had a musubi workshop, where we invited people to learn how to make a snack popular in PI culture.

Another aspect I’ve explored at Carolina is learning to share my opinions and ideology. I’m more conservative, and even though it’s not how the majority of students identify here, I feel like we’re able to have productive conversations. For example, in my cultural diversity class, we have a lot of different perspectives in class, and some of those conversations can get really intense. My professor has really stressed to us that our opinions aren’t wrong even if he doesn’t agree. He’ll let us have free rein of the conversation but will jump in if it starts to get too intense. I feel like listening to everyone else has allowed me to become more conscious, and I’m picking and choosing what makes sense to me instead of adopting one, single ideology.

It’s been the biggest blessing to be here. Carolina is allowing me to explore my multiple identities and molding me into who I am and will become.

Carolina students can explore their interests via 800 student organizations from religious, cultural, and political groups to academic and professional societies. Have a story? We regularly feature different perspectives from Carolina students and invite you to share yours.

Mar 13

My Journey from Active Service to Academia

Meet Robert F. Williams, a Carolina student and U.S. Veteran.

Much is made of the growing divide between military personnel and civilians, and there is seemingly no greater contrast than Fort Bragg and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a scant 65 miles apart. Fortunately, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been doing great work in both closing the divide and making veterans feel welcome on campus.

Growing up in Washington State I was playing “soldier” whenever I could. My grandfather on my mother’s side is a retired Lieutenant Colonel that graduated from West Point in 1943 and served during World War II. My father spent 12 years in the Navy; his father was a truck driver in North Africa and Italy during World War II. My older sister did 17 years in the Air Force; my younger brother served in the Army National Guard. Is it any wonder that I would end up serving in the military? I dare say it is the family business.

Of course, I wouldn’t merely serve, I enlisted between my junior and senior years in high school and left four days after graduating. The recruiter got me, hook line and sinker by reminding me that if I sign up now, I wouldn’t have to worry about “all that college prep stuff.” I’d go on to spend 17 years as an infantryman and paratrooper from 2000 to 2017. During that time, I was deployed to combat three times for a total of 37 months in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By a stroke of good fortune, I was offered admission to the prestigious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I figured if I could succeed here, I could succeed anywhere — I just wasn’t sure what the attitude toward former service members would be. Well, the welcoming attitude of UNC-Chapel Hill toward student veterans helped me feel at home immediately. From the advising office to the libraries, I quickly felt at ease on campus and not at all like an outsider. Carolina instituted a special curriculum in 2016 known as the Summer Transfer Program: Transition & Thrive, which I was fortunate enough to participate in during the summer of 2017. That program was instrumental in helping me feel comfortable in and around campus as well as preparing me for success at a rigorous institution such as Carolina.

Perhaps of equal importance has been the brand-new resource center opened this year just for veterans. Intended as a “one-stop shop” for veterans on campus, the aptly named Carolina Veterans Resource Center currently houses the student veteran resource coordinator and provides an open space for events, studying, or just hanging out with like-minded individuals.

I was also fortunate enough to locate and connect with the Carolina Veterans Organization, which is the local chapter of the Student Veterans of America. This organization and the people within had become my new platoon. It’s an excellent organization for fellowship and camaraderie.

When we are in the service, we benefit from being a part of a tribe — a group of like-minded individuals that share a common goal. Leaving the service and coming to academia presents a challenge in which a ready-made family does not exist. Student veterans are different from their contemporaries on campus and fitting in can be difficult. We are very much super non-traditional students with more in common with our TAs and professors than our fellow students. But, with a university that recognizes the unique perspective of veterans and fosters an environment conducive to their success, a well-run and well-resourced veterans center, and an active student veterans organization, veterans can and will succeed on campus. These elements have been instrumental in ensuring a somewhat softer landing in the leap from active service to academia.

About 7 percent of our incoming students in Fall 2017 have a military affiliation. To learn more about resources at Carolina for student veterans, please click here. Have a story? We regularly feature different perspectives from Carolina students and invite you to share yours.