Monday, March 25, 2013

FAQs for Admitted Students

Good morning! Today I'm posting some FAQs for Regular Decision admitted, waitlisted, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post; please scroll down for the waitlisted and denied FAQs.

I've been admitted! Yay! Now what?
Congratulations! We hope you'll decide to make Carolina your home for the next four years. We might be biased, but we think it's the best undergraduate experience to be had. We'll do our best over the next few months to help you find out all you can about Carolina, so you can decide if it's the right place for you. One of the best ways to get to know our community and the opportunities available here is to join us for one of our admitted-student events. An invitation to Explore Carolina and Carolina Bound was included with your letter of admission. In the coming weeks, you may also receive invitations to a variety of other events, so be sure to check your email regularly.

Our Admitted Student website has detailed information on housing, orientation and the steps you'll need to take when you're ready to enroll.

Will I receive any merit scholarships?

Most Regular Decision applicants who are being considered for a merit-based scholarship were invited to campus for our second Scholarship Day. At Scholarship Day, students took part in discussion sessions with faculty members and other scholars. After the event, final scholarship selections are decided. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina will awarded to the students who attended Scholarship Day.

If you aren't initially offered a merit-based scholarship, please know that at Carolina you will have multiple opportunities to earn a variety of awards once you arrive on campus. Read more about Scholarship Opportunities for Carolina students.

Am I being considered for Honors or any other special opportunities?

We will be sending an email to select admitted students this week regarding Excel@Carolina, a special program featuring nine extraordinary opportunities for outstanding first-year students. In the email, we will ask those students to indicate which of these opportunities they're most interested in. We'll then use those preferences as part of our final decisions about these opportunities. Students selected for other honors and special opportunities will be notified via mail and email throughout the spring.

What about financial aid?
All students who applied for financial aid by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive their aid in the weeks following the deadline. If you have not yet completed the financial aid application, please do so as soon as possible. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid awards student aid packages as quickly as they can, but you can help by making sure they have all of the information they need. Check your To-Do List in MyCarolina to make sure they haven't requested more information. Also, create your Onyen and UNC email account, as that is how the Student Aid office will communicate with you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.

Want to get advice from current students?
In recent years, current students started a Q&A blog for new students called Carolina Advice. If you want opinions and answers directly from current students, it's a great resource to learn more about life here. You can also check out the Tar Heel Blog to learn even more about student life from the current student perspective.

Congratulations again on your admission to Carolina. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall!