Thursday, September 12, 2013

We Have Moved!

Earlier this week, we launched a new website at! Our new site offers a beautiful new format, including some cool features such as student community profiles and feeds for all of our social media channels. We also have a new blog that is integrated in the site. From this point on, we'll be blogging on the new site, so head over there for news, updates, and tips from UNC Admissions:

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Applying for Residency on the Common Application

When you fill out the Common Application, you'll see in our "Member Questions" section that we ask you to fill out some information regarding your residency:

If you answer "yes" to the question "Do you believe you may qualify for in-state tuition?", then we'll ask you to provide further details about your residency (for instance, when you got your driver's license, if you've filed state taxes, and whether you're registered to vote). You'll also be asked to answer these questions for one of your parents. These questions help us determine your residency, so that we know whether or not to consider you a NC resident.

If you've applied to us before or if you're a counselor, you'll notice that this section is new. We're now asking all students who believe they qualify for in-state tuition to provide this information with their application. It's helpful for us to have this information up-front, rather than asking students to fill out long residency applications after they've applied. We're trying to keep things simple, for students and for us!

Below are a few of the common questions we're hearing about this section of the Common App:

How do I know if I qualify for in-state tuition? 
Residency classification is complicated, and each case is considered on an individual basis. Generally, a student whose domicile has been in North Carolina for at least 12 months prior to the term they enroll is considered an in-state student. To learn more about how we determine residency, go to Ask Admissions and type in "residency".

Which parent should I choose to provide residency information for? 
If both parents live in NC, you may choose either one. If your parents don't live together but share custody of you, choose a parent that lives in NC. If someone other than a parent has legal guardianship of you, fill out the information for that person (but if one or both of your parents have legal guardianship, you should provide information for a parent).

I'm not a U.S. citizen, but I live in North Carolina. Is there additional information I need to submit? 
Depending on your visa status, you may still qualify for in-state residency. If you're not a U.S. citizen, we'll ask you to fill out a supplemental residency form and provide documentation of your legal status in the U.S. (i.e., your Permanent Resident card or visa status). After you apply, we'll request this information by listing it on your To-Do List in MyCarolina, but you're welcome to be proactive and send us this information at the same time you submit your application.

Other questions? Please leave a comment below!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Who You'll Meet at UNC: Part 2

Each year, about 82% of our incoming first-year class is made up of North Carolina residents. But just because these students are NC residents, that doesn't mean they all grew up here! Many of them were born across the nation. (And beyond!) Check out this graphic for a visual.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Who You'll Meet at UNC: Part 1

Did you know? The incoming first-year class represents students from 95 counties of the total 100 in North Carolina. That's a lot of counties! Check out this infographic for the breakdown and a few fun facts about the in-state residents of the Class of 2017.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Arbra's 6 Simple Steps to Applying to Carolina!

Hi! My name is Arbra and I'm a Senior Communications Specialist who also happens to be a proud graduate of UNC. I've been with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for over ten years and throughout this time, it's been my honor and privilege to help thousands of young people apply to Carolina. If you're considering applying to us, I'd like to offer 6 simple steps that may help you along the way.

Step 1 – Go to
Step 2 – Click "Create An Account" and follow the steps to create your Common Application account
Step 3 – Click on "My Colleges"

Step 4 – Select "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"  to begin the application.

Hint: For school or city name enter "Chapel Hill" in the "College Search" box. Then simply select "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill." Click "Add" and then select "Dashboard."

In this section you will begin the official Common Application portion that is required to apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are six sections to complete:

  • Profile – your personal information
  • Family – mother, father, and sibling information
  • Education – school(s) you have attended and academic information
  • Testing - ACT or SAT information
  • Activities – clubs, sports, or volunteer information
  • Writing – Here you will see the Common Application's essay question prompts. Choose your choice (only one is necessary) of the five prompts offered and write an essay from 250-650 words. Hint: The Common App makes it easy on you by giving you a handy box to enter your essay into! See below.

Step 5 – Select "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill" to complete the section of the application that includes the UNC-specific questions (also known as "Member Questions") that are also required.

Go to the "Writing Supplement." In this section you are asked to upload answers to your choice of one of five essay questions specific to UNC (400-500 words) and to answer six short-answer questions directly into the boxes on the screen.


Hint: As you make your way through the Common App, look for the green check marks that will appear as you complete each of the required sections: the Common Application; the Member Questions (questions specific to UNC); and Assigning Recommenders (where you'll input email addresses for your teachers and counselor). 

The screen to the left shows that an applicant has completed all required sections of the Common Application. 

 Step 6 – Almost there! You may now proceed to the "Application Submission" screen as shown below. Here you'll have a chance to review  your application one more time, submit your payment or fee waiver, and certify it with your electronic signature.  Click "Start Submission" to submit your application.


For additional questions about applying to Carolina, you are welcome to post them here and we'll do our best to answer them promptly. For technical issues related to the Common App or applying to other schools, we refer you to the Common App's Applicant Help Center, which provides an excellent database of the most frequently asked questions.

We thank you for your interest in Carolina and look forward to reading your application and getting to know you.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Meet Us on the Road this Fall

Asst Director Melissa Kotacka and her college fair tablecloth in NYC
School is starting again and so is our busiest travel season. Throughout September and October, our recruiters will be hitting the road and bringing Carolina to schools, college fairs, and other events across the country and around the world.

Where are we going? We’re glad you asked!

In North Carolina, you’ll find us at every CACRAO event – our admissions reps (David, Olivia, Brandon, and our newest team member, Joe) will be crisscrossing the state to talk Tar Heel with students from Murphy to Manteo. We’ll be traveling with lots of other colleges and universities, so these events are great opportunities to connect with plenty of schools. Elsewhere in NC, we’ll be attending as many parent nights and school programs as we can, along with additional visits to high schools to connect with students.

For those outside of North Carolina, we’re coming to see you, too! We’ll be hitting up the Atlanta metro; Dallas-Fort Worth; Columbus, OH; Boston; NYC, Long Island, and a few counties north of the city; Charleston, SC; Tampa, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale; Orange County, CA; the DC metro; Chicagoland; and the Virginia Tidewater.

Speaking of out-of-state travel, we’re also teaming up with Emory, Notre Dame, and UVA to visit a total of 19 cities in 15 different states in September – details here!

We’re even doing a bit of overseas travel to find the best and brightest students. Melody and Jen will be in Toronto for the NACAC college fair; Jared will be heading to London and Paris; Patty is heading to Central and South America; Melissa will be in Turkey; and Andrea will be in Bangkok, Ho Chi Min City, and Manila. 

We also have amazing alumni ambassadors who are covering college fairs in even more places around the country and occasionally overseas, too.


We are pumped to meet you in your towns, but we also want you to come to ours if you can – it’s a great way to learn more and get a feel for what it’s like to be a Carolina student. Whether we see you on the road or here on campus, WE ARE EXCITED. Travel season is super fun for us, because we get to talk about opportunities and possibilities – and it builds anticipation for reading season when we get to learn even more about the amazing things you’re doing.

 See you soon!

-Melissa Kotacka

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tour's Over... What Now? Part 4

Finished your tour, but haven't gotten your fill? Check out advice from Olivia, a UNC alumna and current Admissions representative, for her top five must-sees of Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.

Phone Troubles

If you've tried to call our office today and have experienced troubles—such as a loud crackling noise—we're very sorry. Our telecommunications department is investigating the issue and we're optimistic it will resolved soon.

In the meantime, please feel free to email us and we'll be happy to answer your questions as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience, and as always, we appreciate your interest in Carolina.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tour's Over... Now What? Part 3

Finished your tour, but haven't gotten your fill? Check out advice from Deseré, a current senior at UNC, for her top five must-sees of Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tour's Over... Now What? Part 2

Finished your tour, but haven't gotten your fill? Check out advice from Joe, a UNC alumni and current Admissions representative, for his top five must-sees of Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Consider Carolina! The Common App is Now Live.

If you're a rising high school senior, and you're thinking about college, we hope that you'll consider Carolina. Here you can build a circle of friends who will inspire you to do great things.

Preview of the new admissions website coming soon!
We also wanted to let you know that the Common Application (CA) is now live. The UNC section (known as "Member Questions" on the CA website), which is what you'll need to fill out before your application is complete, is still being finalized. We expect that it will be available by the first of September, if not sooner. In the meantime, however, you can go ahead and start working on your essay questions. To help, one of our students has recently posted a series of essay-writing tips.

Additionally, we are proud to partner with the College Foundation of North Carolina, a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.

We have chosen for CFNC to link to the Common Application for students who are interested in applying to Carolina. A link to the Common Application (which will include the additional questions for UNC) will be available on the CFNC website in early fall. If you attend a N.C. public high school, you can use to send your official high school transcript to us for free.

We encourage you to take advantage of all the free career and college planning resources on By visiting this site, you will be guided to the best option for applying to your choice of North Carolina colleges or universities.

The first deadline for Fall 2014 admission to Carolina isn't until October 15, which will give you plenty of time to complete the application and the UNC member questions. Students who need more time have until our final deadline of January 10 to apply. Neither deadline is binding and all admitted students have until May 1 to enroll.

Very soon the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will also be launching an exciting new website, which provides even more reasons to consider Carolina. The students featured on our site will give you an inside look at their own communities so that you can start imagining what your life might be like if you decide to join our campus one day. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tour's Over... Now What? Part 1

Finished your tour, but haven't gotten your fill? Check out advice from Chelsea, a current senior at UNC, for her top five must-sees of Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Guide to the Perfect Tour

Planning a college visit trip? Whether you're going to be on the road for a day or a week, here are a few tips to prepare you and your family before you get there and how to get the most out of your stay.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Stuff UNC Kids Say

"I'm about to catch the RU and meet you at the UL to study for our JOMC exam."
"Ugh.. my ONYEN password is about expire."
"I have class in Dey Hall this semester, I mean Day.. I mean Die.. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN."

The RU is one of the main bus routes around campus (very handy in case of rain).

The UL is the Undergraduate Library, where librarians, resources, and study space abound.

JOMC refers to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. AKA the J-School.

Your ONYEN is the "only name you'll ever need." It's your UNC username, used for everything from your email to class registration. Having to reset your Onyen password every 90 days is great for security, if a tad annoying.

And Dey Hall, home of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Romance Languages, is indeed pronounced "Die."

Want to learn some more #stuffUNCkidssay? Head over to Twitter!

Monday, July 29, 2013

How to Plan for College

It’s never too early to start thinking about future college plans, so why not start this summer? If you are a high school student wondering what steps you should be taking to ensure you are a strong college applicant, you have come to the right place! No matter where you are in your high school career and college search, here are a few steps you can take to ensure you are on the right path.

If you are interested in Carolina and what we have to offer, create a MyCarolina account to receive information directly from our office that caters to your specific interests. Also, be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, meet current Tar Heels on our student blog, and visit our campus!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Internships & Study Abroad - Student Spotlight: Hunter Motte and Jenny Bingham

After that last final exam of spring semester, it’s done for the summer right...? Well, not exactly. Many students at UNC extend their educational learning from the classroom to the real world with study abroad programs and career-related internships, and in some cases, both.

Two students in the Entrepreneurship minor, Jenny Bingham and Hunter Motte, are making the most of their summers in New York City and Beijing, respectively.

Hunter is interning for ClubFootball China while taking classes as part of his minor, including a Chinese language class taught almost entirely in Chinese! What he’s liked most about studying and interning abroad is the chance to see exactly what another culture is like.

“UNC allows us as students to see the world in a different way after complete immersion in a society that some only read about in textbooks.”

Hunter said that the coolest thing he’s done by far was hike and camp on an unrestored section of the Great Wall. He and his group met people from across the world including Australia, Singapore, Germany and Belgium, and hiked for four hours without seeing a hint of tourism. They ate barbecued chicken hearts, lamb and potatoes cooked by Chinese locals, then set up camp on the Wall.

Jenny, on the other hand, took a slightly different approach to her summer “abroad.” She’s been spending it in the Big Apple, interning for PR Consulting, a brand imaging and public relations development firm for fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. Her internship has brought her renewed motivation, not just for school, but for life in general.

Although it sounds cliche, she told us that New York City is always buzzing and if you seize the right opportunities, you can end up on a rooftop 30 stories high watching the sunset or riding scooters around Google’s headquarters. She suggests that for students interested in Public Relations or Advertising, networking in Manhattan is key. Already this summer she’s worked on accounts connected to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Beyoncé! Even if fashion isn’t your thing, she thinks that being in the city opens your eyes to all kinds of college and young professionals who are so motivated to be successful.

“It’s like being surrounded by driven Carolina students, but throw in a couple 4 a.m. nights, skyscrapers, celebrities and constant adrenaline. The saying, ‘The city that never sleeps,’ is 100 percent spot-on and is perfect for college students because after all - all nighters are our thing.”

Ready to spend next summer exploring new cities and gaining real life experience? Check out these resources at UNC and start planning ahead now!

Entrepreneurship Minor -

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We're hosting a Twitter chat... and you're invited!

PSA: UNC Admissions will be hosting the hottest event of the summer -- an interactive Twitter chat on Friday, July 19th -- and you’re INVITED! Come join in on the fun and get all of your most burning questions answered about applying to college, writing college essays, or about life at Carolina in general. We’ll be starting the chat with a few open ended questions to get your thinking juices flowing, but don’t hesitate to chime in with whatever comes to mind. The more the merrier, so tell all of your friends!

The good news is you’re already really good at using social media... so, all you have to do is compose a 140 character (or less!) question using the hashtag #UNC2018 and/or mention @UNCAdmissions and we’ll reply with our best answer. This is geared toward the potential Class of 2018 (so that’s you rising high school seniors!), but it’s open to anyone with questions about attending or applying to UNC. No question is stupid, only the ones that aren’t asked!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #5: Be Yourself.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for... our fifth and final essay tip of week! 

Quite simply, be yourself. Instead of trying to figure out what you think we might want to hear, figure out what you love to talk about and well... talk about it. Ask yourself how you can portray your unique voice and let this lead you in the direction of your writing. Don’t forget that this is your only opportunity to show us who you are aside from the facts and figures of your transcript, so make sure it’s full of life and personality. Don’t make the mistake of guessing what we want to see in your essay; wow us with your passions and what interests you the most!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #4: Don’t feel strictly tied to prompts.

Even though we work hard to create our essay prompts, they merely serve as jumping off points. If you feel so inspired, allow your creativity and frenzied fingers to take you where they may. At the end of the day, we want to read an interesting essay and if it strays in a slightly different direction from the rest of them, that’s perfectly fine with us. In fact, we love to see diversity.

However, while we want to know that you can take something and make it your own, we also want to know that you can stay on topic without rambling. It’s one thing to be creative and add your own flavor to a prompt, but it’s another to write entirely off-topic. Find a happy medium! If we’re talking poetry here... follow Robert Frost’s advice and take the road less traveled.

We’re still looking for more awesome essay advice, so please Tweet at us with the hashtag #UNCessays with your best!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #3: Just because you're the writer, doesn't mean you have to be the topic of your essay!

While your college essays are meant for the admissions committee to get to know you better, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be all about you. In fact, some of the best essays can be about people, things, or ideas outside of your own life. In a sense, removing yourself from the prompt can make it easier to write objectively and with a stronger focus than getting caught up in recounting each and every detail of an event you’ve experienced. Even if you’re not the center of the essay you write, your words can still show us a lot about your personality and you as an individual.

We’re still looking for great advice, so keep it coming! Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UNCessays - we’d love to hear from you!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #2: Be concise. Focus!

While you may want to show off your biggest and baddest SAT vocab words, you shouldn’t just use them because you know them. It’s important to be concise and clear, so if you can use five words instead of 10, you should. We want to read a nicely worded, well thought out essay with a clear focus and organized structure.

Don’t try to tell your entire life story (because let’s face it... one essay isn’t enough for 17 or 18 years), but instead think about how you can communicate one little slice of your life. Can you tell a story that will illustrate one aspect of your personality? Can you zoom in on an idea that you find compelling? Can you incorporate details that will be memorable to your reader? These are the aspects we’re looking for in your writing.

Do you have more good advice for essay writing? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UNCessays - we’d love to hear from you! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Essay Writing Tip #1: Show, Don't Tell!

While show-and-tell may have been the highlight of your kindergarten and elementary school days, our admissions staff isn’t looking for you to tell them about yourself. They want you to show them. We read a ton of essays each year (if you do the math, 2 essays times almost 30,000 applicants... that’s a lot of essays), so you want yours to stand out among the rest. Gone are the days of boring and predictable - show us a side of you that your application doesn’t!

We get that this may be easier said than done, but to help get you started, here are a couple of tips on how to show us that you’re Carolina potential.

1. Think about what makes you different. Make a list of what you’re passionate about, your quirks and your personality traits rather than a list of your academic accomplishments. Your application shows us how great of a student you are, so this is the time to let your personality shine. Maybe it’s your creative side, your passion for music, your love of travel, or your family traditions -- whatever is important and applies to you!

2. Tell us a story. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to your top pick, think about a story that highlights this aspect about you. The ultimate goal of your essay should be to engage your reader and make yourself stand out, so telling a story is a great way to do just that. Some of the most seemingly boring events can make the best essays, simply because it was important to the applicant. Make sure to include vivid details and descriptive language, write your thoughts clearly, and above all, connect the theme and tone of the essay to your dreams and who you are as an individual.

Do you have good advice for essay writing? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #UNCessays - we’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned all week for more tips from us on how to write your best college essays.


Friday, July 5, 2013

The Arts at UNC - Student Spotlight: D.J. Lester

The arts community at Carolina is well-established and far-reaching, and taking part in it is a yet another great way to get involved at UNC. Music has always been a huge part of senior D.J. Lester’s life, so his decision to pursue it at the college level was a no-brainer.

D.J. comes from a family with a history in the arts - they’ve got singers, dancers and musicians throughout every generation. He discovered his musical talent at the young age of six when he started singing in his church’s youth choir. He went on to learn how to play the piano and then the trumpet and the French horn, all by the seventh grade. During high school, he played for the Marching Band and the Concert Band and eventually worked his way to Drum Major by his senior year.

As soon as he got accepted to UNC, he knew the first thing he wanted join was the Marching Tar Heels. A good friend and fellow band member, Alex Bradsher, was influential in his decision to join as he saw her as a role model and mentor. This past spring, D.J. was chosen as a senior Drum Major for the Marching Tar Heels. At the year-end banquet, Alex presented D.J. with his new whistle and he swears that will be a moment he will never forget.

The band isn’t D.J.’s only outlet for the arts - he also picked up a minor in Music to further supplement his passion and musical background. He’s made tons of friends through the band and feels so blessed to get to interact with such great musicians. He also doesn’t hate that the band plays for all UNC athletic events.

“I’ve developed an even greater appreciation for sports that my high school didn’t offer, like field hockey or lacrosse. Even when I don’t have to play in the pep band for these events, I still like to go and watch because I now see the hard work these teams put into what they are doing. It’s part of the reason why we are UNC: the University of National Champions.”

Just as an athlete knows how amazing it feels when he or she is part of a team that shares the same passion, UNC’s band knows the same feeling and why they are all there together. While D.J. may not know all 300 students in the Marching Band, he knows that they are there to make music and help the team to victory. Just as every student on campus is connected by the love they have for Carolina, the band is connected by their love for music and creating it. Some people don’t know that UNC’s marching band is also known as The Pride of the ACC. However, it’s only once you’ve seen them marching to the stadium or on the field, that you will understand why nobody else is fit for that title.

Do you have this same passion for music and the arts? Think about joining a music ensemble, any of UNC’s a cappella or performing groups, or even studying a music-related major or minor! Click through the links below for more information.

Music Department -

D.J. is a Sociology major and Music and Entrepreneurship minor at UNC.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Getting Ready to Apply to College? Here's How.

Senior journalism student Deseré shares her tips below for getting ready to apply to college. And over on Tar Heel Blog, she shares more details about her own experiences--click here for more. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Service at UNC - Student Spotlights: Elizabeth Bartholf and Osvelia Valverde

Are you passionate about giving back to your community? At Carolina, there are countless ways to make an impact through volunteer work and make great friends and memories while you’re doing it. Two girls, Elizabeth Bartholf and Osvelia Valverde, came to UNC from different backgrounds, but with a similar interest in service.  

Elizabeth, now a rising junior from Pittsboro, NC, transferred to UNC as a sophomore from UNC Charlotte (pictured right). She’s a Journalism and Spanish double major and is involved with countless organizations on campus including the Daily Tar Heel, Students United for Immigrant Equality (SUIE), and Tau Sigma National Honor Society. She's also very involved with volunteer work and teaches computer skills for Spanish-speakers at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights center. She hopes to study abroad in Spain during her time at UNC to enhance her Spanish language skills and merge her passions for Journalism and Spanish.

Osvelia, who is also a rising junior, concentrates her studies in Psychology, Latina/o Studies and Education (pictured below). Her family is originally from Mexico, but she spent most of her childhood growing up just outside of Winston-Salem, NC. Like Elizabeth, she is extremely involved in the UNC community. Some of her extracurriculars include Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, and Carolina Hispanic Association. Not to mention she’s a mentor for Scholars Latino Initiative and Carolina Covenant as well as a Career Peer for University Career Services.

These girls may have varied interests on campus and in the classroom, but two things in particular brought them together: their love of the Spanish language and the first floor of Craige North; a place they like to call “La Casa.” This place, of course, is the Spanish Living-Learning Community and it’s where Elizabeth and Osvelia first met. “La Casa” residents focus their learning on fluency, culture and community. In other words, they work together to strengthen their speaking skills and friendships through the continued learning of the Spanish culture. Each member is required to attend three Latina/o sponsored events and complete 10+ hours of community service. When asked to describe her experience with her LLC, Elizabeth told us:
“As a transfer student I was worried about starting over at a new school. But with ‘La Casa,’ I was able to meet new friends with similar interests and who are dedicated to making a difference in a community.”
To her, being super involved and making a difference is what has made her experience so far at UNC so rewarding and so much fun.

The Spanish Living-Learning Community (“La Casa”) 2012-2013

In the same community service vein, Elizabeth and Osvelia worked together on a project called “Radio Latijam” in their Latino Media Studies course. Radio Latijam is a Spanish-language program produced by and catered to Latino youth. It provides a means for Latina and Latino teens to play their music, voice their opinions, learn about topics that concern them and inform other teens. It offers valuable service-learning opportunities to both Latino youth and UNC students taking APPLES service-learning courses. Each UNC student is paired with a local high school student as a mentor and is able to use what they are learning in the classroom to help out the local community. 

Through Elizabeth and Osvelia’s involvement in the APPLES course and in their residence hall alone, they were able to create a community of friendship at Carolina while helping out the local community through service. If you’re interested in getting involved with community service, social justice or service learning when you get to UNC, you too can get involved and make lasting friendships! Check out the links below to find out how:

Friday, June 21, 2013

2014 Application Essay Prompts

After much discussion among the admissions committee, we've now selected the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 first-year application. We hope they will inspire you to write an essay that will help us understand who you are, how you think, and what you might contribute to the University community. Keep in mind that your essays will be evaluated not only for admission, but also for possible selection for Honors Carolina, merit-based scholarships, and Excel@Carolina.

You'll submit two essays, the first of which is from the main part of the Common Application. These prompts are common to all schools who accept the Common Application and you can view both the prompts and instructions here.

The second essay will be specific to the UNC application. You'll choose one prompt and respond in an essay of 400-500 words. Here are the questions:
  1. Most of us have one or more personality quirks. Explain one of yours and what it says about you. 
  2. What do you hope to find over the rainbow? 
  3. Why do you do what you do? 
  4. If you could travel anywhere in time or space, either real or imagined, where would you go and why? 
  5. Tell us about a time when your curiosity led you someplace you weren’t expecting to go.
We hope you'll have fun with these essays. We had fun writing the prompts, and we look forward to reading your responses!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Final Waitlist Update

I want to start by saying that we're really grateful for the students who have patiently remained on our waiting list in the hopes of being offered a space. However, we've now almost entirely finalized both the first-year and transfer classes, so yesterday afternoon we released final decisions for the majority of students on both waiting lists. In all, we offered admission to about 375 students from the first-year waiting list this year--about 100 North Carolina students and 275 out-of-state students. From the transfer waiting list, we were able to admit about 50 students.

Thank you again for applying for admission this year. We wish you the very best at your chosen school and we know you will do great things there.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Recreation at UNC - Student Spotlight: Raven Jones

Staying active can prove to be one of the hardest challenges in college. With hectic class and extracurricular schedules (not to mention sleep and social!), recreation might eventually fall to last place on the priority list. However, it is UNC Campus Recreation’s mission to provide “a diverse and intentional recreational program in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment which enhances the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire University community.”  

Rising senior Raven Jones has made recreation the center of her life at Carolina. Not only does she play on the UNC Women’s Club Basketball team, serve as president of Carolina Fitness Professionals Club and work at the Student Recreation Center (SRC), but has also dedicated her academic studies to Exercise and Sports Science (EXSS).

Her love of the game started at the young age of three and continued throughout high school on the varsity team. After spending her four high school years dedicated to competitive basketball, it seemed only natural for her to continue playing competitively at UNC. Thus far, her experience with the club team has been incredible: 

“Everything from my hilarious teammates both on the road and on the court to practicing hard during off season to winning together has really made my time on the team worthwhile.”

Her passion for sports doesn’t stop with club ball, either. She also loves her job working for Campus Recreation in the Facilities Department where she is responsible for supervising Fetzer and Woollen gyms. She enjoys getting to meet new people and seeing friends work out while still staying connected with the EXSS department, which is conveniently just a few steps down the hall. Her job serves both an academic and social purpose; she can stop by a professor’s office on her way out to ask a question or catch up with friends at the gym. For Raven, this recreational community triples as an academic, athletic and social place that houses all of her interests in one central location.

As an EXSS major, Raven sees her involvement with Campus Rec and her club sport as the perfect way to personally interact with others who are as deeply passionate about exercise and wellness as she is. After her four years at Carolina, she plans either to attend graduate school for Physical Therapy or work in community relations for a professional sports team.

Playing a club sport, being president of a health related club, working for Campus Recreation and majoring in EXSS has given Raven exposure to all sides of the sports world. Her Carolina experience not only steered her in the direction of her professional future, but also gave her the means to explore her passion and gain a deeper appreciation for it from all angles.

Do you love sports as much as Raven does? Explore Carolina’s recreational avenues and envision yourself on a similar path. Check out UNC’s athletic resources both for academics and for fun below!

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