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Apr 27

FAQs for Prospective Undergraduate Students

My school has moved to pass-fail grading because of COVID-19. How will you consider these grades when I apply for admission?
We do our best to keep our candidates from being harmed by circumstances that are beyond their control. Where your grades from this semester are concerned, we’ll remember that all public schools in North Carolina, as well as many other schools around the world, had to change their grading practices because of COVID-19. We’ll also remember that you earned your pass-fail grades under difficult circumstances. For now, we hope you’ll concentrate on staying healthy, passing all your classes, and learning as much as you can.

I’m a high school junior and was scheduled to take the SAT and ACT this spring, but the testing dates have been cancelled. What if I only get to take the test one time? What if I don’t get to take it at all?
We understand that standardized testing can provoke anxiety under the best of circumstances, and we’re sorry that this anxiety is now being intensified by COVID-19. The makers of these tests are working to ensure that students will be able to take them in time for their scores to be considered next year. As to how we’ll consider your scores, we’ll see them as one factor among many, not as the sole or main feature of your application. We’ll also remember that, unlike many students who previously applied for admission, you didn’t have the chance to take these tests during the spring of your junior year.

I’m planning to go ahead and take my Advanced Placement exams at home this spring, even though I haven’t had as much class time to prepare for them. How will you judge my scores if they’re lower than they would have been?
We’re glad you’re taking your exams and hope you’ll be able to make use of some of the free resources — for example, online instruction and review sessions — that the College Board is making available to students who are studying at home. When we review your scores, we’ll remember that you earned them under difficult circumstances.

What if my high school closes and doesn’t provide any replacement courses?
We hope this doesn’t happen. But if it does, when you apply for admission, we’ll rely on you and an official from your school or school district to explain what happened and its impact on your education, and we’ll do our best to take this explanation into account.

What if I can’t visit UNC before I apply. Will that hurt my chances of earning admission?
If you can’t visit in person, we’ll hope you’ll join us for one or more of the virtual visits we’ll be hosting. Regardless, we won’t view your application differently whether or not you visit, since we don’t take into account the interest that students have demonstrated in UNC when we make decisions about their applications.

All of my extracurricular activities were cancelled because of COVID-19. How will this affect my chances of earning admission?
We’re sorry you’ve lost the chance to do the things you’d otherwise be doing — things that bring you joy and help you learn, grow, and make a difference in your school and community. We hope you’re finding ways to stay connected with your friends from those activities even though you can’t be together in person. We also hope you’re finding new ways to connect with and care for your loved ones, which we view as valuable extracurricular activities in their own right; when you apply next year, we hope you’ll tell us about them. When we read your application, we’ll remember that you couldn’t pursue your usual activities through no fault of your own.

One of my extracurricular activities was a part-time job, but I lost it because of COVID-19. How will this affect my chances of earning admission?
We’re sorry you’ve lost your job, especially if the loss is causing a financial hardship for you and your family. When you apply next year, if this loss is important to you, we hope you’ll tell us about it.

Apr 24

First-Year Waiting List Update

Today, we posted final decisions for a group of students on the first-year waiting list. Students can log into MyCarolina to view their decision and can refer to our FAQs by decision for information on next steps. If you did not receive a final decision, we will provide one as soon as possible, and no later than June 30. We greatly appreciate your patience as we use the time to see if openings will become available.

Please note that we have not taken any action on the transfer waiting list and do not know yet if we will be able to offer admission from it. We’ll let all students on the transfer waiting list know a final decision as soon as we can, by June 30 at the latest.

As always, we are happy to assist you if you have questions, you may contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

Apr 20

FAQs for Students Offered Admission

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

I’ve viewed my decision and learned that I’ve earned admission! 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. Although we can’t currently welcome students to campus because of COVID-19, we’ll be sending you emails in the coming weeks about opportunities to connect virtually with the Carolina community and your future classmates.

Am I being considered for Excel @ Carolina opportunities, including Honors Carolina, and merit scholarships?
All students who were offered admission were considered for scholarships that do not have requirements regarding financial need, 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?
For scholarships that have requirements regarding financial need and other forms of 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. To access ConnectCarolina, create your official UNC username, 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, it’s crucial that you do so as soon as possible. Certain forms of aid are limited such as grants, lower-interest loans, and funds for campus jobs.

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 (aidinfo@unc.edu) or phone (866-273-1622).

Will you be offering Admitted Student Days or other chances to visit?

Because of COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel all in-person admission programs, including Admitted Student Days, through the end of June. We have opportunities each week for your to connect with campus as well as information sessions and live chats Monday through Friday.

Will summer orientation for newly enrolled students be affected by COVID-19?

We’re very excited to welcome you to Carolina’s class of 2024 and to share more about your next step as a Tar Heel through New Student and Family Orientation. Following guidelines from the UNC System, designed to prioritize the health of our community and to slow the spread of COVID-19, Carolina will be hosting virtual Orientation sessions this summer.

This Orientation is required for all first-year students and is designed to help you connect with campus and to succeed at Carolina. Please review the list of orientation dates and register by May 15.

I’m a global student. Will COVID-19 affect my ability to obtain a visa?

If you’re neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your ability to obtain a visa in some countries in the coming months. Please contact the U.S. embassy in your country for information about applying for a student visa once you’ve selected a university to attend.

What is the University’s policy on taking a gap year or deferring admission?

We welcome proposals from admitted undergraduate students who wish to defer their enrollment at Carolina for one academic year; for more information about requesting a gap year, please visit admissions.unc.edu/policies-and-reports/deferring-your-enrollment/.  We also recognize that some students who wish to enroll for Fall 2020 may not be able to do so because of travel and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; we are still developing options for such students and will share more information as it becomes available.

If my high school closes, what happens if I can’t take final examinations, graduate, or obtain a transcript of my final grades?

We appreciate the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and feel badly for the disruption and worry it is causing.  We will work closely with you and your school if cancellations cause delays or disruptions.

Will I receive transfer credit if I receive a grade of Pass (P) or an equivalent grade, such as satisfactory (S)?

Yes, recognizing the challenges presented by COVID-19, the University will award credit hours for courses from other institutions if you earned a grade of Pass (P) or the institutional equivalent even when the underlying grade represented by the P cannot be substantiated as representing achievement at the level of C or higher. This applies to courses completed during Spring 2020, and it includes courses completed through UNC Online. Transfer credit will be awarded based on the University’s articulation rules.

Given the cancellation of IB and Cambridge exams due to COVID-19, will I still receive credit for my predicted results? Yes, we will be awarding course credit for predicted IB scores and Cambridge A-Level and AS-Level grades awarded in Summer 2020 once they are received by our office later this summer. Please be sure to have your official score report sent to our office from the testing service.

I was admitted for the fall, but would like to get an early start by taking digital Carolina courses this summer.  What steps do I need to take?

It’s easy for students who’ve already accepted their admission offer to register for digital summer courses.  Just submit the Summer Enrollment Form (you can log into the form with your Carolina ONYEN, your official UNC username).

Within three business days, we’ll confirm your summer enrollment by sending an email to your UNC email address, and you’ll be all set to register in your ConnectCarolina Student Center.

For additional information on summer options, including a list of available courses, click here. You can also learn more about English 105, which is essential to the first-year experience at Carolina.

Note for international students: Depending on your current visa status, your enrollment in some summer courses may be limited. If you submit the Summer Enrollment Form, we will contact you to confirm next steps.

Summer Schedule

Term Dates Registration Deadline
Summer Session I May 13 – June 15, 2020 May 14, 2020
Summer Session II June 22 – July 23, 2020 June 23, 2020

Is financial aid available if I take online courses at Carolina in the summer?

If you submit your 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list UNC-Chapel Hill by May 15, you will automatically be considered for federal financial aid. North Carolina residents who received a University Grant or a Covenant Scholarship for 2020-21 may be eligible for a grant covering tuition and fees for up to six credits. For additional information on summer aid, refer to https://studentaid.unc.edu/applying-for-aid/academic-year/.

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

Apr 7

FAQs for Transfer Applicants Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on MyCarolina for transfer applicants. 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 with a Waitlist Decision
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Denied

I applied for transfer admission, 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 aren’t able to view your decision after following the instructions, please contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or at (919) 966-3621.

We’re 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 7

FAQs for Transfer Students Offered Admission

If you’ve been notified of your admission to Carolina through your MyCarolina status page, congratulations! We hope you’ll decide to make Carolina your new home.

I’ve viewed my decision and have 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. Although we can’t currently welcome students to campus because of COVID-19, we’ll be sending you emails in the coming weeks about opportunities to connect virtually with the Carolina community and your future classmates.

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 create your official UNC username, or as we call it, your ONYEN (“The Only Name You’ll Ever Need”) and your UNC email account and add “unchelp@admissions.unc.edu” to your safe-sender email list. In the meantime, check out our Transfer Credit section to learn more about how we evaluate transfer credit.

Will I receive transfer credit if I receive a grade of Pass (P) or an equivalent grade, such as satisfactory (S)?

Yes, recognizing the challenges presented by COVID-19, the University will award credit hours for courses from other institutions if you earned a grade of Pass (P) or the institutional equivalent even when the underlying grade represented by the P cannot be substantiated as representing achievement at the level of C or higher. This applies to courses completed during Spring 2020, and it includes courses completed through UNC Online. Transfer credit will be awarded based on the University’s articulation rules.

When should I register for classes?
As soon as possible. It’s best to register for classes as soon as you can, so that you’ll have the best selection of courses available. We understand that this may mean you are registering before you receive your credit evaluation. To help you with registration, we recommend exploring Advising’s information for new transfer students and viewing your program’s academic worksheet here.

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. To access ConnectCarolina, create your official UNC username, 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 (aidinfo@unc.edu) or phone (866-273-1622).

Will you be offering admitted student events or other chances to visit?
Because of COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel all in-person admission programs, including Admitted Student Days, through the end of June. We have opportunities each week for your to connect with campus as well as information sessions and live chats Monday through Friday.

Will summer orientation for newly enrolled students be affected by COVID-19?
We’re very excited to welcome you to Carolina and to share more about your next step as a Tar Heel through New Student and Family Orientation. Following guidelines from the UNC System, designed to prioritize the health of our community and to slow the spread of COVID-19, Carolina will be hosting virtual Orientation sessions this summer.

Registration for Orientation will open in late April. You can explore more details and available registration dates here.

I’m a global student. Will COVID-19 affect my ability to obtain a visa if I do not already have one?
If you’re neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your ability to obtain a visa in some countries in the coming months. Please contact the U.S. embassy in your country for information about applying for a student visa once you’ve selected a university to attend.

If my college or university is closed, what happens if I can’t take final examinations or obtain a transcript of my spring semester grades?
We appreciate the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and feel badly for the disruption and worry it is causing. We will work closely with you and your school if cancellations cause delays or disruptions.

I was admitted for the fall, but would like to get an early start by taking digital Carolina courses this summer.  What steps do I need to take?

It’s easy for students who’ve already accepted their admission offer to register for digital summer courses.  Just submit the Summer Enrollment Form (you can log into the form with your Carolina ONYEN, your official UNC username).

Within three business days, we’ll confirm your summer enrollment by sending an email to your UNC email address, and you’ll be all set to register in your ConnectCarolina Student Center.

For additional information on summer options, including a list of available courses, click here.

Note for international students: Depending on your current visa status, your enrollment in some summer courses may be limited. If you submit the Summer Enrollment Form, we will contact you to confirm next steps.

Summer Schedule

Term Dates Registration Deadline
Summer Session I May 13 – June 15, 2020 May 14, 2020
Summer Session II June 22 – July 23, 2020 June 23, 2020

 Is financial aid available if I take online courses at Carolina in the summer?

If you submit your 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list UNC-Chapel Hill by May 15, you will automatically be considered for federal financial aid. North Carolina residents who received a University Grant or a Covenant Scholarship for 2020-21 may be eligible for a grant covering tuition and fees for up to six credits. For additional information on summer aid, refer to https://studentaid.unc.edu/applying-for-aid/academic-year/.

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

Apr 7

FAQs for Transfer Students with a Waiting List Decision

If you’re offered a position on our waiting list, we hope this information will help you make the decision that’s right for you – whether it’s accepting our offer to be on the waiting list or choosing another school that’s a good fit for you. If you decide to join our waiting list, please remember to go to your MyCarolina status page to accept your waiting list offer by Friday, May 1, 2020.

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 chance of being admitted. Nonetheless, we’ve provided our three most recent years of waiting list admission data. Overall, the number of students we’ve been able to offer admission from the waiting list has been small.

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’ll review only those candidates who have accepted their offer to be 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.

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 in your MyCarolina status page.

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.

If admitted, will I be eligible for financial aid and campus housing?
We recommend that you submit the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE need-based aid forms as soon as possible. Grants, lower-interest loans, and funds for campus jobs are limited. Please see 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.

If I’ve accepted my invitation to join the waiting list, and decide to go elsewhere, how do I remove myself from the waiting list?
Please call us at (919) 966-3621 or email us at uncsubmit@admissions.unc.edu to let us know.

We’re grateful for your interest in Carolina and wish you the best of luck!

Apr 7

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 3,000 transfer applications this year – and space for only about 725 transfer students for the incoming class. We 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 many 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, please refer to Appendix A of the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Policy.

If you have additional questions, please let us know by writing to us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST.

Mar 31

Admissions events cancelled until July 1, 2020

With guidance from campus leadership, infectious disease experts, and regional and state government officials, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel all admissions events until July 1, 2020. These events include: campus information sessions and tours, Admitted Student Day events, state-wide admitted student meals, and group tours, among other events.

Our office has created virtual visit opportunities to help you learn more about Carolina, and we’ll share more opportunities to connect online as soon as they’re available. We appreciate your flexibility as we prioritize the health of our visitors and campus.

For more information and ongoing updates about the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit unc.edu/coronavirus.

 

 

Mar 20

FAQs for Students who applied for Regular Decision

Today, we posted decisions on MyCarolina for students who applied for our Regular Decision deadline. 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 with a Waitlist Decision
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Denied

I applied Regular Decision but can’t see my decision. What do I do?
If your application is still under review, we sent you an email notification about when you’ll be able to view your decision. This email should be visible in your MyCarolina portal.

If you didn’t receive this email and can’t see it in your portal and if you aren’t able to view your decision, please contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or at (919) 966-3621.

We’re 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.

Mar 20

FAQs for Students with a Waiting List Decision

If you’re offered a position on our waiting list, we hope this information will help you make the decision that’s right for you. If you decide to join our waiting list, please remember to go to your MyCarolina status page to accept your waiting list offer by Friday, April 10, 2020.

When will I receive my final decision from the waiting list?
After our May 1 enrollment deadline for admitted students, it takes 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 offer admission to the number we believe will complete the class. We may make several rounds of offers, but we expect to notify students of their final decisions no later than June 30.

What are my chances of being admitted from the waiting list?
Unfortunately, we can’t predict any student’s chance of being admitted, and we won’t know how many, if any, students we will be able to admit until well after the May 1 enrollment deadline for admitted students. Please see below our three most recent years of data about the waiting list.

Are candidates on the waiting list ranked? Do you prioritize students who applied Early Action?
We don’t rank the waiting list. Which deadline a student applied isn’t a factor in our decision.

If spaces become available, how will candidates be reviewed?
If spaces become available, we’ll review only those candidates who accepted a place on the waiting list. We’ll take into account our previous evaluation of their credentials as well as their final grades, if those grades are available.

Please note: If you don’t accept a place on on the waiting list, we won’t be able to consider you, and you won’t receive any further updates.

Will an interview or additional letters of recommendation affect my chances of being admitted from the waiting list?
Because we don’t use interviews to evaluate students, we can’t offer interviews to students who are on the waiting list. Should spaces become available, our review will focus primarily on your original application and on any additional grades you may submit.  We respectfully ask that you not submit additional letters of recommendation.

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 respectfully ask that you not send additional materials.

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 April 10, 2020, in your MyCarolina status page.

As you wait for a final decision from us, it is important for you to choose another college or university notify that school of your intent to enroll by its reply deadline.

If admitted, will I be eligible for financial aid and campus housing?
Although the priority deadline for the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE need-based aid forms was March 1, you can still apply for aid if you haven’t already done so. Please see 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. We expect all first-year students, regardless of when they’re admitted, to be housed on campus or in Granville Towers.

If I’ve accepted my invitation to join the waiting list, and decide to go elsewhere, how do I remove myself from the waitlist?
Please email us at uncsubmit@admissions.unc.edu to let us know. We’re grateful for your interest in Carolina and wish you the best of luck!