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

Dec 10

Office Reopening at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you for your flexibility during these inclement weather conditions. The University, and our office, is on a delayed opening schedule and will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m. Because of our delayed opening, the information session at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you still plan to travel to campus, we would be happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have about Carolina. When our office reopens at 11:30 a.m., please reach out to us at (919) 966-3621 to schedule an appointment or please simply check in at our front desk in Jackson Hall and ask to meet with the staff member of the day. For parking information, please click here.

If you would like to schedule your visit for another date, please go to If you have any questions, please contact us at or (919) 966-3621.

Thank you for your interest in Carolina. We hope to see you at a future event!

Dec 9

Campus Visit Cancelled for Tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 10

Due to inclement weather, the University will be closed, and we have cancelled the information session and campus tour scheduled for Monday, December 10.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Your safety is our priority, and we will be in touch with anyone who is registered for an event this week should conditions require us to cancel additional events. For current updates about the University’s operating conditions, please go to:

If you would like to reschedule your visit for another date, please go to If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you for your interest in Carolina. We hope to see you at a future event!

Dec 7

Inclement Weather Update

The weather service is forecasting several inches of snow in the Chapel Hill area on Sunday, December 9. At this time, we’re still planning to hold our information sessions and campus tours scheduled for next week. However, we will continue to monitor the forecast and will provide an update on this blog should anything change.

Your safety is our priority, and we encourage you to make the travel decisions that you feel are best for your safety. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also check for periodic updates about the University’s status. Should the University close, our office will be closed as well, and all events will be cancelled. We appreciate your flexibility during this potential inclement weather.

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.