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Frequently Asked Questions for Students Whose Applications Were Deferred to Regular Decision

If you received notification that your application has been deferred to the Regular Decision pool, we’re sorry to ask you to wait longer for a final decision, and we promise to be back in touch with you by the end of March.

What does a deferral mean?
A deferred decision means that we need more time and more information about our full applicant pool to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will soon be asked to report, any new information about your activities and accomplishments, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy.

What do you mean by midyear grades?
Midyear grades are your most recent grades in all of the courses you’ve taken so far this year. Most students report first-semester grades. If your school is on a trimester system, you may report your first trimester grades.

What are my chances of being admitted?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict at this point. We ended up offering admission to 4 percent of deferred students last year and 10 percent the previous year. We won’t know until March how many we’ll be able to admit this year.

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?
Submit your midyear grades online. We’ll send you an email in early February with instructions. We do not need an official midyear transcript; instead you’ll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well; our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. We’d also appreciate hearing about any of your updated activities or accomplishments. You may email a short description to uncsubmit@admissions.unc.edu. These are the three steps we ask you to take; beyond them, we hope you’ll focus on making the most of your final year of high school.

Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes! The Financial Aid priority deadline is March 1, so you’ll still want to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile in case we are able to admit you. This will then allow you to be considered for the fullest array of financial aid opportunities. More info is available on the Student Aid website.
We wish you a successful finish to your senior year and thank you for your patience as you wait for a final decision. If you have any questions, or if you would prefer that we not consider you further and withdraw your application, please contact us at unchelp@admissions.unc.edu or at (919) 966-3621, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., EST.

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