Thursday, January 15, 2009

FAQs for Deferred and Admitted Students

I thought I'd give the answers to some of the questions that popped up in the last post's comment stream, as I am sure there are many other people who have similar questions!

For deferred students:

First off, sorry to extend your wait. We hate to do it, but we just need more time with your applications. We need to see what our second deadline brings and how our entire pool of applicants shapes up. We really appreciate you hanging in with us.

This morning we posted a full FAQ for deferred students. Here are the highlights:

How do I submit my first semester grades?
In about a week, we'll send you an email which will give you all the directions. A new link will appear on your homepage that will allow you to self-report your mid-year grades. Please do not ask your counselor to report these grades and do not send them by email or mail. Just enter them on your homepage--it's very easy.

Is there anything else I can do to help my chances?
Submit your grades, and you really don't need to do anything else. There's no need to send additional letters or other materials. We have all the information that we need, we just need more time to consider it all within the context of our entire applicant pool. If you take the SAT or ACT again, just ask the testing center to send us the scores.

How many students were deferred?
This year we deferred the decisions of 2,429 applicants, or 18% of the 13,692 who applied.

What are my chances of being admitted?
This is very very difficult to predict. Every year is different and it depends on a number of factors. But to give you some idea of what's happened in the past, last year we deferred 2,286 applicants and were able to eventually offer admission to 328. The year before, we deferred the decisions of 2,206 students and were able to admit 316.

For admitted students:

When do we hear about the Honors Program?
Invitations to the Honors Program will go out in early February.

When we will hear about financial aid?
The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1, and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will begin notifying students of award packages in April.

Can I register for housing even if I have not decided yet whether I will attend Carolina?
The Housing Office is not requiring a housing deposit this year. You just need to apply online--and you can apply as soon as your enrollment and $100 enrollment deposit have been processed (it takes about a week if you pay online, a little longer if you send a check). However, although there is no deposit for housing, you will be charged a $200 cancellation fee if you cancel your housing application. So if you are unsure about whether you will enroll, I would recommend waiting on housing. So long as you submit your housing application by May 15, you will be included with the first group of students to be assigned housing.

Let me know if you have additional questions!