Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Carolina Firsts

Roughly 20% of Carolina undergraduates are first generation college students (FGCS), meaning that neither parent has earned a four-year degree. FGCS, or Carolina Firsts as we call them, contribute greatly to the cultural and intellectual life of our community, and those such as Orlando Mendoza prove that no journey is too great when it comes to realizing a dream.

Click here to watch Orlando's story.

Monday, January 28, 2013

FAQs for Denied Students

I'm sorry we disappointed you. We know how hard it is to receive this kind of bad news, and we really hate delivering it. Please know that it's not you, it's us. We have so many talented applicants – more than 15,000 for Early Action and space for only 3,960 in our first-year class. We have to deny so many students who would do great things here.

Through our work with the Carolina Covenant, we've had the pleasure of getting to know Josh. He's an outstanding student who came to us as a junior transfer and is now earning his MBA through Kenan-Flagler Business School. Below is a little of his story:

I was not accepted to Carolina as a high school senior, but I knew that this is where I wanted to be so I decided to work hard and transfer. It was like a dream come true when I finally got my admissions letter and then found out that I could graduate debt free as a Covenant Scholar. Once I got to campus, I took advantage of the countless resources that are available to students. Thanks to the support of faculty and staff mentors, I was able to land a job in banking after graduation. It was during that time that I started thinking about getting my MBA, and I knew I wanted to return to Carolina. I applied to two business schools and received my acceptance letter to the other school first, but I knew that if I didn't get into Kenan-Flagler the first time, I was just going to work harder and try again the following year. Luckily, that wasn't necessary. I'll be graduating with my MBA in May, and I already have a full-time job lined up! – Josh

Josh is proof that there are many paths to Carolina. We hope you have an amazing college experience wherever you choose to attend. But if you're interested in transferring in a year or two, we hope you'll keep us in mind.

Is this decision final?
Yes, I'm afraid it is. We can't re-consider your application this year. However, if your heart is set on Carolina, there's always the option of transferring after a year or two at another school.

Why did you deny me?
There isn't a simple answer to this question because our review is holistic. We don't deny any student on the basis of a single number or a single grade, but instead we consider everything we know about a student. We review each application multiple times and ultimately we have to make a lot of hard decisions. The unfortunate truth is that we just don't have space for the many talented students who apply.

I have my heart set on attending Carolina one day. What should I do?
Each year we enroll approximately 900 transfer students into the sophomore and junior classes at Carolina. Transfer students bring with them a diversity of background and experiences that enrich our community tremendously, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University. For more advice, please see Applying as a Transfer Student.

Please let me know what other questions you have.

FAQs for Deferred Students

If you received a notification stating that you have been deferred, we're sorry to ask you to wait a little longer for a final decision. I know this is incredibly frustrating, particularly given that you applied Early Action and have already waited so patiently, but we promise to have a final decision to you by the end of March.

What does a deferral mean?
A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information about your performance this school year and about our applicant pool in order to make our final decision. We will consider everything you have already submitted to us, the midyear grades you will report, and the overall strength of our applicant pool to aid us in making a final decision on your candidacy. 

What are my chances?
Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict at this point. On the FAQ sheet that we included with your letter, you can see that we ended up offering admission to 372 deferred students last year and 289 the previous year. We won't know until March how many we'll be able to admit this year.

Is there anything I can do to improve my chances?

Send us your midyear grades. We'll be sending you an email soon with instructions on how to self-report your midyear grades online. Don't ask your counselor to send us a paper report; instead you'll enter your own grades online. If you have new test scores, you can send us those as well. Our code for the SAT is 5816, and our code for the ACT is 3162. Beyond that, I'm afraid all you can do is wait and focus on successfully completing your final year of high school.

Should I still apply for Financial Aid?
Yes. The Financial Aid deadline is March 1, so you'll still want to submit your application in case we are able to admit you. More info is available on the Student Aid website.
Please let me know what other questions you have.

FAQs for Admitted Students

Good morning! Today I am posting some FAQs for Early Action admitted, deferred, and denied students. The questions for admitted students are in this post, please scroll down to the next posts for deferred 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 about 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 that you can decide if it's the best 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 was included with your letter of admission, and you can find out more about it here. 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 Early Action applicants who are being considered for a merit-based scholarship have been invited to campus for the first Scholarship Day. At Scholarship Day, students take part in discussion sessions with faculty members and other scholars. After the event, final scholarship selections are decided. A small number of Early Action applicants may also be invited to our second Scholarship Day in late March. The majority of the merit-based scholarships offered by Carolina are awarded to the students who attend 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 11 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 month of February and into the spring.

What about financial aid?
All students who apply for financial aid by the priority deadline of March 1 will receive their aid in the weeks following the deadline. 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!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Server performing normally again

Thank you for your patience during what we know has been a very anxious few hours. Our server is performing normally at this time; delays should be minimal. Please know that we will continue to keep an eye on things over the weekend and keep you up to date if anything changes.

Still working on the server issue

We're very sorry, but we are still experiencing slow server issues. Our technical team is working to fix this issue as soon as possible. We'll post another update to this blog at 9 p.m. Thank you for your patience.

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We apologize for the inconvenience, but high traffic on is causing our servers to run slower than usual.   If you are unable to access my.unc,edu at this time, please try again later.

We appreciate your patience.  Please continue to visit this blog for the latest information. We plan to post an update by 6 p.m.

No phone service today

Due to inclement weather, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has closed our phone lines this afternoon (January 25). We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have an emergency, please email us at, and we will respond to your questions as soon as we can.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How To View Your Decision When It's Available

Heads-up EA applicants!

To view your decision online when it's ready, please follow the instructions below. Please note that due to the high volume of traffic on our server, you may experience delays. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  1. Go to at
  2. Under Applicants, click on “ConnectCarolina Student Center.” 
  3. Log in with your Guest ID. If you do not have a Guest ID, please follow the email instructions we sent to you. If you do not have these instructions, please email us at
  4. Under Admissions, click on “Click here to view your decision in a new window.” Please make sure popup-blocking software is disabled.
In order to view your decision, the pop-up blocker feature on your browser,  if applicable, must be disabled. Below are instructions for disabling pop-ups in the popular browsers:

Internet Explorer
  1. In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to “Pop-up Blocker Settings.”
  2. Click on “Turn-Off Pop-up Blocker.” 
Google Toolbar
  1. Click the Google Pop-up Blocker toolbar icon. 
  2. The Pop-up Blocker icon should read “Popups are okay.” 
Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the menu bar, go to Tools and navigate down to Options.
  2. Select “Content” tab or icon. 
  3. Uncheck box labeled “Block pop-up windows.”
  1. Click on “Blocking Pop-ups” at the bottom right corner of the AOL window.
  2. Uncheck box labeled “Suppress pop-ups from websites I visit.”
  3. Click “Save” button.
Yahoo Toolbar
  1. Click on the Yahoo Toolbar's popup blocker icon option arrow. This arrow is pointing down beside of the popup blocker icon.
  2. Click on “Enable Pop-up Blocker” to uncheck. 

To allow blocked pop-ups when you're already on a site, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Click "Show Advanced Settings" 
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content setting button
  5. In the "Pop-ups" section, select "Allow all sites to show pop-ups."

  1. Open the Safari menu and select the “Preferences” option.
  2. In the window that displays, click on the “Security” option.
  3. Remove the checkmark from the “Block pop-up” windows option.
  4. Close the window. 

Or, for an older version of Safari, try
  1. Open Safari 
  2. Click on the Safari Menu 
  3. Uncheck “Block Pop-Up Windows”

Friday, January 18, 2013

Carolina Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just around the corner, and Carolina's week-long celebration  begins on January 20 with the 28th Annual University/Community MLK Jr. Memorial Banquet. Other events include a rally, candlelight vigil and interactive discussion. The week will culminate on January 25 with local high school students offering their interpretations of Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too, Sing America," and its relation to Dr. King's legendary dream.

Check out the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for a complete list of the week's activities.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Early Action FAQs

We have received several questions this week about scholarships and more, so read on for the answers you seek!

Have all Scholarship Day invitations for Early Action applicants been sent?
Approximately 200 Early Action applicants have been, or will be, invited to our first Scholarship Day on February 1. However, if you do not receive an invitation to Scholarship Day, that does not mean you will not receive a scholarship. Our second Scholarship Day will take place in late March.

When will Early Action applicants receive honors and merit scholarship offers?
Honors and merit scholarship offers will be mailed and emailed throughout the month of February. A small number may also be sent in the spring.

Would now be a good time to visit? What’s happening on campus since the new semester began?
Yes! Campus is abuzz with activity and energy in 2013! Check out the Tar Heel Blog to see what students are up to.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday FAQs

Happy Monday! Below are some of the questions we've been getting over the phones and via email recently.

I'm an Early Action applicant. When and how will I be notified of my decision?
Early Action applicants will be notified of their admissions decisions no later than January 30. Decisions will be posted to your ConnectCarolina Student Center, and a decision letter will also be mailed to your home address. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide an exact day and time when decisions will be released. Please bear with us, and be patient; the wait is almost over!

Will parents be notified of their child's admissions decision?
We do not send a separate notification to parents, but decision letters are mailed to the student at his or her home address.

I submitted my Regular Decision application. Is it too late to add information?
If you have an important addition or revision to your application, feel free to email it to us at Please include your full name and date of birth, so we can easily link the information to your application.

I'm planning to change my course schedule. Do I need to notify Carolina?
Yes. It's important that you let us know if you make any changes to your schedule after submitting your application. Email us at and let us know what changes you've made to your schedule, as well as the reason for the change. We'll include this information with your application.

How can I schedule a visit to Carolina?
We offer tours and information sessions nearly every day of the week, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Please follow this link to schedule a visit. You are currently able to schedule a visit through May 2013, and our summer dates will be available soon.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Meet Barkley Barton

Next up in our new staff introductions is Barkley J. Barton, II. Welcome Barkley!

Title: Assistant Director                
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Alma Mater: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (bachelor's); Bay Path College (master's)
Time at Carolina: Five months
Area of specialty in the office: Yield
Why I love my job: I enjoy each and every aspect of working in Admissions, especially meeting and greeting new students to Carolina.
Why I believe you should apply to Carolina: It is a great place for meeting new and exciting students, faculty, and staff. Carolina wants to teach students who will make a difference and help to solve global issues.
When out on recruiting trips, I like to: Visit new locations, eat local cuisine, and read
If I didn't work in admissions, I would be: Is there anything other than admissions?! I would work for an advertising organization.
If I were a fictional character, I would be: Sherlock Holmes
Favorite ice cream flavor: Snickers by Breyers
Favorite song to sing when I’m in the car by myself: Any R&B or gospel song on the radio

Thursday, January 3, 2013

7 Reasons to Apply to Carolina

Happy New Year! We hope your 2013 is shaping up to be the best yet. As a reminder, if you haven't already applied for first-year admission to Carolina, our final deadline of January 7, 2013 is just days away. You still have time, so why not make a New Year's resolution to apply to Carolina?

Need another reason? We'll give you seven. Carolina students not only dream big, they possess the initiative to make those dreams a reality. In the early days of this new year, we thought you might enjoy learning about how seven of our current students are taking advantage of the endless opportunities Carolina offers.
  1. Alfredo interned at Goldman Sachs in New York.
  2. Mallory pays it forward as co-president of Carolina Firsts.
  3. Brandon is a tutor for Carolina's Summer Bridge Program.
  4. Yu is the founder of Young Scholars International.
  5. Madison spent two months in Jordan studying Arabic.
  6. Whitney is completing an honors thesis related to mental health in adolescents.
  7. Fedor will research biological noise in desensitization.
These are just seven of the countless Carolina students who are making their mark on the world in their own way. Read about more students.

If you applied to Carolina already, we thank you for your application, and we are enjoying getting to know you. Once you do apply, please log into your MyCarolina account to check the status of your application.

We wish you the best as you set your own goals for a happy and prosperous New Year.