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FAQs for Active Duty Military or Veterans

I entered the military directly out of high school and have not yet taken any college courses. How do I prepare for Carolina?
We know students travel many paths to Carolina, which is why our holistic review considers all the information you submit in your application for admission. And although we’ll certainly consider your military experience as well as all the other life experiences you’ll bring with you, our first focus must be on your academic record. If you’ve been out of high school for a number of years, or if your high school record is not as strong as you would like, we recommend pursuing college-level coursework prior to applying to Carolina. This coursework could be completed at a local community college, another 4-year school, or through Carolina’s Part-Time Classroom Studies program. Not only will you be a more competitive applicant for admission with some coursework under your belt, you’re also more likely to have a smooth transition from military service to life as a full-time student.

I’m not able to take classes on-campus at this time. Do you offer any classes online or courses by correspondence?
If participating in residential programs at UNC-Chapel Hill or other institutions is not feasible for you at this time, we recommend applying to the UNC CORE Certificate Program. Under certain conditions, military-affiliated students can participate in this program, which is an undergraduate, distance-education Certificate program designed to accelerate the degree path of active-duty service members in the US armed forces, veterans, and National Guard or Reserve Member. The UNC CORE program does not guarantee admission to degree-seeing programs at Chapel-Hill, but it will allow you take general education classes that make up the foundation of an undergraduate degree at many institutions. To learn more, please visit our UNC Core Certificate Program page.

Can I earn transfer credit for my military service?
Yes. In addition to credit for the LFIT (physical fitness) requirement, additional credit is also available to veterans who have completed certain leadership courses. Credit is available for courses in our departments of Aerospace Studies, Military Science, and Naval Science. A full listing of these transfer equivalencies is available here.

I am applying for admission and I am an active-duty military or a veteran. Can I get my decision earlier?
Yes! If you have provided this information on your application, we will be reaching out to you to offer early notification to better serve you.

What about the application fee?
We will waive the application fee for any applicant who is an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces. No extra paperwork is required. Please just indicate your active-duty status on the Common Application and we will waive your application fee. When you submit the Common App, choose the Fee Waiver option and select “I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access, counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.” Please note that you do not need to provide this extra information unless we request it. If you paid the application fee, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will automatically send you a refund with four weeks of your application submission.

Can I apply my VA benefits to my studies at Carolina?
UNC-Chapel Hill is approved by the Veterans Administration as a training facility for students receiving military education benefits. To receive these benefits, you must be formally admitted as a degree-seeking student. To learn more, visit the Veteran Affairs website.

What other resources are available to help veterans transition to life at Carolina?
Veterans Services, through the Dean of Students Office, offers resources and information to help in a successful transition to the Carolina community. We also encourage you to reach out to the Carolina Veterans Organization, a student-run organization which seeks to provide a welcoming and informative environment for all veteran students and their families.

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