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

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 43,000 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.