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

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 were 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

How to View Your Decision When Available

If you applied for the regular deadline to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision toward the end of the month 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”






















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.


Mar 12

Fitting in as a Student of Faith at Carolina

Meet Destiney Cummings, a first-year student from Ashe County, NC.

As a young Christian and a first-generation college student from a small, rural town, I never would’ve guessed that I would fit in so well at Carolina. When I was applying, Carolina seemed so far out of my reach. I created this image in my mind of an unwelcoming and pretentious environment that wouldn’t suit me. However, after being admitted to Carolina, all of that began to fade. On my first campus visit, I was in awe of the resemblance between Carolina and my hometown. I felt like I had never left home; like this was the place I was meant to be.

When I finally moved in, all those negative thoughts about fitting in resurfaced. How would I find friends who shared my beliefs? How would I freely express my opinion? As a college student, how could I maintain my relationship with God? Then I joined InterVarsity. InterVarsity is an interdenominational Christian organization at UNC. There, I found solace in shared beliefs and welcoming attitudes. InterVarsity also taught me how to interact with students of all ages from all different backgrounds and how to approach others, whether they were in the organization or not. It made me more outgoing, and I discovered that even though our beliefs were sometimes drastically different, the people I met were welcoming and engaged. At this point, the trademarks of who I am didn’t seem to be holding me back anymore; they were pushing me forward. I was proud to engage with students from diverse backgrounds and share my beliefs with them.

I’ve realized that being a student at Carolina isn’t just about GPAs and test scores, it’s also about bringing in your unique perspective and learning more about your fellow Tar Heels. In this way, you can simultaneously find friends who share your beliefs while also making connections with those who have different beliefs.

Carolina students come from a variety of religious backgrounds and faiths. Like Destiney, many choose to join one of the 40 faith-based student organizations on campus to continue their spiritual journeys. Have a story? We regularly feature different perspectives from Carolina students and invite you to share yours. Please feel free to send us a message @UNCadmissions.

Feb 27

Non-violent civil protest and peaceful expression

Carolina welcomes prospective students who are engaged in their communities and who are dedicated to creating positive change. We’d like to share a statement from Steve Farmer, our Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions:

“The University welcomes peaceful, principled, and purposeful action to improve the lives of others and society as a whole. The UNC System requires that candidates for admission report any suspensions. When we receive such reports, we don’t rush to judgment but instead take the whole of the circumstances into account. Although this practice requires that we consider each suspension individually, participation in non-violent civil protest and peaceful expression does not harm a candidate’s chances with UNC-Chapel Hill.”

Feb 16

Transfer Application Deadline Extended to Monday, February 19

Good news! If you’re considering transferring to Carolina this fall, you now have more time to apply. We’ve extended the transfer application deadline to Monday, February 19, end of day. Only your application and application fee or application fee waiver request are due by the deadline.

If you’ve already applied, we thank you and look forward to reading your application!


Jan 26

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on ConnectCarolina for all those Early Action 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 Admission
FAQs for Students whose Applications were Deferred to Regular 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 an Early Action 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.

Jan 26

FAQs for Students Whose Applications Were Denied

We’re sorry for the disappointment we’ve caused you. We have so many talented applicants – more than 44,000 first-year applications this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year 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, “Appendix A.”

Whether or not you appeal, if your heart remains set on Carolina, we encourage you to read on to learn more about the transfer student experience and how to apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?

If your heart is set on Carolina, please know that each year we enroll approximately 800 transfer students. These students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University.

If you’d like to find more information about the transfer student experience, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let us know if you have any other questions; by writing to us at or by calling (919) 966-3621, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, EST.

We wish you the best of luck as you begin your college experience – whether you decide to apply as a transfer student in the future or if you find your new home at another college or university.

Jan 26

FAQs for 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 home for the next four years.

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, if possible, for one or more of the events for admitted students that the University will be hosting this spring. Events will include Admitted Student Days, special information sessions, and Diversity & Inclusion events. We’ll be sending you email invitations soon with event details and instructions on how to register.

Am I being considered for any special opportunities such as merit scholarships or Honors Carolina?
All students who were offered admission were considered for 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?
All students who were offered admission were considered for non-need-based scholarships. Students who will be offered one of these scholarships will be notified during the next several weeks.

As for need-based scholarships and other forms of need-based 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. 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, you must do so by the priority deadline of March 1.

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).

Each year entering students earn scholarships from external scholarships from organizations such as the General Alumni Association and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Here’s some additional information about these scholarships.

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