Our mission: serving the state of North Carolina.

As a public university, Carolina reserves more places in our entering classes for students from North Carolina, and tuition rates are also lower for North Carolinians.

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident, you’ll submit a residency application to Residency Determination Services. RDS is a government agency that serves the entire state.

This residency application process is separate from your application for admission, and you may complete your residency application with RDS before you apply to the University. Explore Frequently Asked Questions about the residency process.


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