Monday, March 5, 2012

Meet Andrea Felder, Director of Recruitment

Hi. My name is Andrea Felder and I serve as the Associate Director for Recruitment at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. I was honored to be appointed to this position last year after 11 years with the office. In this role, I now oversee the day-to-day recruitment activities that help shape each year's entering class. I also oversee international recruitment so I am proud to say that I have had the honor of meeting outstanding students across the world—from Chapel Hill to Beijing.

We're in the midst of completing our review of regular deadline applications, along with the applications of candidates whose decisions were deferred from our first deadline. These decisions will be announced at the end of March. Tomorrow we are excited to begin reviewing our transfer applications for notification by the end of April. Thank you to all our applicants for your patience and continued interest in Carolina.

Questions of the Day

Why should I enroll at Carolina?

At Carolina we draw strength from several unusual and powerful combinations. We're both the oldest public university in the nation and one of the leading research universities in the world, consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best. We offer nothing less than a full range of academic programs, from liberal arts to the basic and applied sciences. We serve our home state while opening our doors to the rest of the nation and the world. Our students are some of the strongest in the world.

Most of these combinations derive at least in part from our status as a state-supported institution. Taken together, they make us a better, stronger, and much more interesting place—a place with a unique feel, a strong sense of mission, and a vibrant intellectual heritage.

If you do enroll at Carolina, you’ll enjoy the same amazing opportunities that are offered at most elite private universities—for a fraction of the cost to you and to your family. You’ll also find a few opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else. Many schools, for example, offer honors programs, but none of these programs combine rigor, inclusiveness, and accessibility in quite the way Honors Carolina does. And Carolina’s entrepreneurial culture encourages students of all majors to minor in entrepreneurship and compete in the Carolina Challenge, a student-led contest that awards up to $50,000 in start-up funding for the best business plans. Our graduates go on to accomplish amazing things, such as creating and leading iContact, an award-winning business known for innovative cloud-based software and outstanding customer service.

I am an admitted student but I didn't get a scholarship or an invitation to Honors Carolina. What kind of opportunities are open to me?

In a word, everything! While we are able to offer merit-based scholarships or invitations to Honors to Carolina to only a handful of admitted students, you'll be glad to know that if you do come to Carolina, you will still enjoy an extraordinary experience. Not only may you apply to Honors Carolina after just one semester here, you may compete to earn your choice of scholarships, from the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship Program to a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to numerous Study Abroad awards. There are also countless scholarships available within your academic area that you will learn about after you join our community.

Are your admissions counselors assigned to specific geographic areas?

We do not assign individual admissions representatives to specific areas of the country or world. Instead, any member of our staff will happily answer questions and provide guidance as you prepare for college. Should you have a question or a concern of any type, please feel free to contact our office by phone at 919-966-3621 or by email at

While our staff does not review applications by territory, please know that an experienced and caring admissions professional will carefully read your application. All applications are read at least twice and most are read three or more times—each time by a different professional.