Application Prompts for Fall 2021

We’ve selected the following prompts for the UNC-specific portion for the first-year and transfer applications for 2020-2021. 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.

UNC-specific short answer prompts

You’ll choose two of the following prompts to respond to in 200-250 words:

  1. Expand on 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?
  2. If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?
  3. Describe someone who you see as a community builder. What actions has that person taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?

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. New for this year, Common Application has also added 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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