Carolina Undergraduate Admissions

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

Apr 20

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 learned that I’ve earned admission! 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. Although we can’t currently welcome students to campus because of COVID-19, we’ll be sending you emails in the coming weeks about opportunities to connect virtually with the Carolina community and your future classmates.

Am I being considered for Excel @ Carolina opportunities, including Honors Carolina, and merit scholarships?
All students who were offered admission were considered for scholarships that do not have requirements regarding financial need, 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?
For scholarships that have requirements regarding financial need and other forms of 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, it’s crucial that you do so as soon as possible. Certain forms of aid are limited such as grants, lower-interest loans, and funds for campus jobs.

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).

Will you be offering Admitted Student Days or other chances to visit?

Because of COVID-19, we’ve had to cancel all in-person admission programs, including Admitted Student Days, through the end of June. We have opportunities each week for your to connect with campus as well as information sessions and live chats Monday through Friday.

Will summer orientation for newly enrolled students be affected by COVID-19?

We’re very excited to welcome you to Carolina’s class of 2024 and to share more about your next step as a Tar Heel through New Student and Family Orientation. Following guidelines from the UNC System, designed to prioritize the health of our community and to slow the spread of COVID-19, Carolina will be hosting virtual Orientation sessions this summer.

This Orientation is required for all first-year students and is designed to help you connect with campus and to succeed at Carolina. Please review the list of orientation dates and register by May 15.

I’m a global student. Will COVID-19 affect my ability to obtain a visa?

If you’re neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your ability to obtain a visa in some countries in the coming months. Please contact the U.S. embassy in your country for information about applying for a student visa once you’ve selected a university to attend.

What is the University’s policy on taking a gap year or deferring admission?

We welcome proposals from admitted undergraduate students who wish to defer their enrollment at Carolina for one academic year; for more information about requesting a gap year, please visit admissions.unc.edu/policies-and-reports/deferring-your-enrollment/.  We also recognize that some students who wish to enroll for Fall 2020 may not be able to do so because of travel and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic; we are still developing options for such students and will share more information as it becomes available.

If my high school closes, what happens if I can’t take final examinations, graduate, or obtain a transcript of my final grades?

We appreciate the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and feel badly for the disruption and worry it is causing.  We will work closely with you and your school if cancellations cause delays or disruptions.

Will I receive transfer credit if I receive a grade of Pass (P) or an equivalent grade, such as satisfactory (S)?

Yes, recognizing the challenges presented by COVID-19, the University will award credit hours for courses from other institutions if you earned a grade of Pass (P) or the institutional equivalent even when the underlying grade represented by the P cannot be substantiated as representing achievement at the level of C or higher. This applies to courses completed during Spring 2020, and it includes courses completed through UNC Online. Transfer credit will be awarded based on the University’s articulation rules.

Given the cancellation of IB and Cambridge exams due to COVID-19, will I still receive credit for my predicted results? Yes, we will be awarding course credit for predicted IB scores and Cambridge A-Level and AS-Level grades awarded in Summer 2020 once they are received by our office later this summer. Please be sure to have your official score report sent to our office from the testing service.

I was admitted for the fall, but would like to get an early start by taking digital Carolina courses this summer.  What steps do I need to take?

It’s easy for students who’ve already accepted their admission offer to register for digital summer courses.  Just submit the Summer Enrollment Form (you can log into the form with your Carolina ONYEN, your official UNC username).

Within three business days, we’ll confirm your summer enrollment by sending an email to your UNC email address, and you’ll be all set to register in your ConnectCarolina Student Center.

For additional information on summer options, including a list of available courses, click here. You can also learn more about English 105, which is essential to the first-year experience at Carolina.

Note for international students: Depending on your current visa status, your enrollment in some summer courses may be limited. If you submit the Summer Enrollment Form, we will contact you to confirm next steps.

Summer Schedule

Term Dates Registration Deadline
Summer Session I May 13 – June 15, 2020 May 14, 2020
Summer Session II June 22 – July 23, 2020 June 23, 2020

Is financial aid available if I take online courses at Carolina in the summer?

If you submit your 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list UNC-Chapel Hill by May 15, you will automatically be considered for federal financial aid. North Carolina residents who received a University Grant or a Covenant Scholarship for 2020-21 may be eligible for a grant covering tuition and fees for up to six credits. For additional information on summer aid, refer to https://studentaid.unc.edu/applying-for-aid/academic-year/.

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.