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Michael Hart, President of the Carolina Veterans Organization

You were proud to serve. And we’re proud to have you.

If you’re a veteran seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree, we appreciate your service and welcome you to consider Carolina. Veterans are a small but growing number of students who contribute to the diversity of our student body. These students bring qualities such as curiosity, discipline, kindness, and a clear commitment to public service. We are committed to helping you earn a degree at Carolina that will help you keep growing personally and professionally while you accomplish your goals.

Admission to Carolina is competitive, but we also recognize that students travel many paths to Carolina. Our holistic review considers each application thoroughly, as fairly and as thoughtfully as we can, for excellence in academics, the arts, athletics, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Your military service is a definite plus, as it demonstrates many of these qualities and more, such as discipline, organization, and patriotism.

We offer a number of benefits at Carolina for active duty military and enrolling veterans. Veterans who are on active duty may qualify for the military tuition benefit, which allows them to attend the University at the in-state tuition rate. We will also waive the application fee for any applicant who is an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces. If you are eligible for VA benefits, you may apply to the U.S. Veterans Administration for these funds after being admitted to the University. We are also honored to be a participating institution in the Yellow Ribbon Program sponsored by the Veterans Administration. This program is designed to designed to help meet the gap in tuition and fees that exceed the cost of in-state tuition. Click here for the application.

Our admission staff regularly travels to areas of North Carolina with high populations of military-affiliated students (such as Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, and Wilmington) in an effort to educate them about Carolina. This past fall, Admissions Representative Warner Underwood attended the Veterans’ Upward Bound Fair in Sanford, N.C. (picture below).


To find out where else we’ll be traveling, please visit Tar Heels in Your Town. And if you’d like to visit us, we’d welcome the chance to meet you and show you around Carolina. Register for a visit here.


The University is committed to doing more to support veterans and military-affiliated students, both prospective and current students. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is proud to have numerous staff who recently participated in the Green Zone Training initiative sponsored by the Office of Dean of Students. The purpose of this program is to teach members of the Carolina community about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population. Please continue to visit this website as new pages and resources are added.

Meet Carlos Cordero, a veteran (and Purple Heart recipient) currently enrolled at Carolina.

Meet Eric Strand, Green Beret now in Medical School.

Read about how Carolina celebrated our veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Service.

Read about the Red, White and Blue Tassel Honor Cords worn by graduating veterans at Commencement.

A girls dorm room decorated with posters, photos and blue and green bedding
Color-coordinated dorm rooms boast spots and stripes of pastel greens, blues and browns