Application Prompts for 2022-2023

We’ve selected the following prompts for the UNC-specific portion for the first-year and transfer applications for 2022-2023. We aspire to build a diverse and inclusive community at Carolina and believe that students can only achieve their best when they learn alongside students from different backgrounds. In reading your responses, we hope to learn what being a part of the Carolina community would mean to you.

Short answer prompts

You’ll choose two of the following prompts to respond to in 200-250 words:

  1. Describe an aspect of your identity and how this has shaped your life experiences or impacted your daily interactions with others?
  2. Describe a peer who is making a difference in your school or community. What actions has that peer taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?
  3. If you could change one thing to better your community, what would it be? Please explain.
  4. Former UNC-Chapel Hill employee, community service member, and civil rights activist Esphur Foster once said “We are nothing without our history.” Her words are memorialized on the Northside Neighborhood Freedom Fighters monument. How does history shape who you are?


Fill-in-the-blank responses

You’ll complete all of the following fill-in-the-blank responses in 25 words each:

  1. One family, friend, or school tradition I cherish:
  2. If I had an extra hour in every day, I would spend it:
  3. If I could travel anywhere, near or far, past, present or future, I would go:
  4. The last time I stepped outside my comfort zone, I:
  5. People who meet me are most likely to notice, and least likely to notice:


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. Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. The Common Application also has an optional section where you’ll have the opportunity to write about how COVID-19 has affected you.

Your responses will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for scholarships and other special opportunities. We look forward to learning more about you!