Application Prompts for 2021-2022

We’ve selected the following prompts for the UNC-specific portion for the first-year and transfer applications for 2021-2022. 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 member of such a 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 a peer you see as a community builder. What actions has that peer taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?
  2. Describe an aspect of your identity (for example, your religion, culture, race, sexual or gender identity, affinity group, etc.). How has this aspect of your identity shaped your life experiences thus far?
  3. If you could change one thing to better your community, what would it be? Why is it important and how would you contribute to this change?
  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 four of the following fill-in-the-blank responses in 25 words each:

  1. One family tradition I cherish:
  2. This I believe:
  3. The quality I most admire in myself:
  4. The protagonist I most identify with:


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. The Common Application also has an optional section where you’ll have the opportunity to write about how COVID-19 has affected you.

If you’re a first-year applicant, your responses will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for merit-based scholarships and other special opportunities. We look forward to learning more about you!

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