Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

News, deadlines and Q&A

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

Mar 18

How to View Your Decision When It’s Available

If you applied for the Regular Decision deadline to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision toward the end of the month 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!

Feb 15

Transfer Deadline Extended to Monday, February 18

We’vee extended the transfer application deadline to Monday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. Only your application and application fee or fee waiver request must be submitted by the deadline.

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.

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

 

Jan 25

FAQs for Early Action Students Who Received a Decision

Today, we posted decisions on MyCarolina for 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 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 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 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.

Jan 25

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 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, 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 Excel @ Carolina opportunities, including Honors Carolina, and/or merit scholarships?
All students who were offered admission were considered for non-need based scholarships, 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?
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. 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, 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 (aidinfo@unc.edu) or phone (866-273-1622).

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.

Jan 25

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 – 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, February 22, 2019.

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 promise to 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, and we won’t know how many, if any, students we will be able to admit until after the May 1 enrollment deadline for admitted students. 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? Do you prioritize students who applied for the Early Action deadline?
Candidates on the waiting list are not ranked. If spaces become available, we’ll consider all students who have accepted a place on our waiting list. Which deadline a student has applied for is not a factor in our decision, and we’ll review all students on the waiting list independent of when they applied.

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?
Please ensure we have your most updated senior grades. If your school year ends before we notify you of your final decision, please send us your final transcript. Beyond these updated and/or 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 no later than February 22, 2019 in your MyCarolina status page.

As you wait for a final decision from us, it is important for you to select another college or university, notify that institution of your intent to enroll, and send that institution your enrollment deposit by its specified deadline if an enrollment deposit is required.

If admitted, will I be eligible for financial aid and campus housing?

The priority deadline for the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE need-based aid forms is March 1. Since grants, lower-interest loans, and funds for campus jobs are limited, they can usually be offered only to students who meet the March l deadline. If you meet this deadline, you should be eligible for consideration for need-based aid. Please see http://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. All first-year students, regardless of admission date, will 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 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!

Jan 25

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 44,500 first-year applications this year – and space for only about 4,200 in our first-year 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.

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 unchelp@admissions.unc.edu 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 23

How to View Your Decision When It’s Available

If you applied for the Early Action deadline to Carolina, you can expect to receive your admissions decision toward the end of the month 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!

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!

 

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 unchelp@admissions.unc.edu.

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 writingcenter.unc.edu