Thursday, October 4, 2012

FAQs this Week

Early Action is right around the corner, so we're getting lots of questions from you all about your applications. Here are the most common questions we're getting this week--let us know in the comments below what else you are wondering about!

I submitted my application. When will I get confirmation that you’ve received it?
We recently began downloading submitted applications from both the Common Application and from CFNC, so we have started sending daily emails to students confirming receipt of their application and telling them how to track the status of their application online. After you submit your application, you will receive this email within two days. The email will be sent to the email address you indicated on your application. If it's been more than two days since you submitted your application and you haven't heard from us, first double-check your spam filter. If you don't find it there, you can email us at to request that we resend the email. (You might want to add to your safe-sender list, as that is the email address we'll use to send you information.)

What must be submitted by the October 15 deadline for Early Action? 
Only your application, your payment method, and your UNC-CH Supplement (if you're applying via the Common App) must be received by the deadline. All other materials, such as your letter of recommendation, test scores, transcript, and School Form, may arrive after the deadline. 

How late can I take the SAT/ACT?
We can consider scores for tests taken through November for Early Action, and through December for Regular Decision, so long as the scores are sent promptly. If you are planning to take the October or November tests, indicate on the test that you would like your scores to be sent to us (our SAT code is 5816 and our ACT code is 3162), so that the testing service will send us your scores as soon as they are available.

Can I submit an Arts Supplement to Carolina through the Common App? 
We don't accept the arts supplement though the Common App, but we do still want to hear about your artistic achievements! The best way to share this information is on the main part of your application. You can list it in the Extracurricular Activities section of the application, and you're welcome to include a URL of where your work can be found online. Please don't send DVDs or CDs, as we just can't review them. It's best to post your work online, or you could create a resume-style document that includes a brief description of your work and 1-2 samples--this can be sent directly to us at

**Update 10/31: this comment stream has gotten unwieldy, so I am closing it to comments. Please see our latest FAQ post.***