Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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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 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. 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 unchelp@admissions.unc.edu 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.

May 17

First-Year and Transfer Waiting List Update

Today, we posted final decisions for a small group of students on the first-year and transfer waiting lists. Students can log into MyCarolina to view their decision. 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.

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, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

May 3

First-Year Waiting List Update

Today, we posted final decisions for a small group of students on the first-year waiting list. Students can log into MyCarolina to view their decision. 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, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

Apr 8

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

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.

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 8

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. We encourage you to join us for one of our admitted student information sessions that we’ll be hosting this spring on April 29, May 3, and May 6. 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 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about transfer credit at an admitted student info session. We’ll be sending you an email shortly with an invitation to these sessions on April 29, May 3, and May 6.

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. Soon after enrolling and registering for classes, Advising will email you with the opportunity to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in person, by phone, or through Skype.

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).

If you have any other questions, please let us know 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 8

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 3, 2019.

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 8

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.

Apr 2

Transfer Applicants: How to View Your Decision When It’s Available

If you applied for the transfer deadline to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision by mid-April in your MyCarolina status page. When your decision becomes available, you may view it by logging into MyCarolina with your username and password. We recommend that you test your login now to be sure you can access MyCarolina.

If you have not previously logged into your MyCarolina status page, you will need to enter your username and temporary PIN that we sent via email to you. Then, you’ll be asked to set a password, which will replace your temporary PIN. You’ll use this password to log into MyCarolina going forward.

If you have any questions, please email us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or call us at (919) 966-3621. We thank you for your ongoing interest in Carolina, and we wish you all the best!

Mar 22

FAQs for Regular Decision Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on MyCarolina for Regular Decision 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

Haven’t seen your decision yet? Check out our blog post: Instructions for Viewing your Decision.

I applied as a Regular Decision 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 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.