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NEWLY HEELED First-year student orientations continued at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as more than 4,000 new Tar Heels arrived on campus this year.
STEPHEN In the last five to 10 years, we’ve seen a growing
divide between students who worry too much about applying to college and those who don’t worry enough because they think college is out of reach. We try to help both groups. For students who need help understanding that they’re capable of succeeding in college, we’ve been building a small army of advisers to assist them. The Carolina College Advising Corps, which is headquartered in our office and is a partner in the national College Advising Corps, hires recent graduates of UNC and trains them to help low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. How much do test scores matter versus community service, extracurriculars, etc.?
CARVER Placement test scores assist us with placing stu-
dents into coursework that meets the needs of students at their personal level. If a student needs to further develop skills in English or math, there is coursework that prepares the student for college-level programs. If a student scores
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proficiently on the placement test, then college-level coursework is recommended. STEPHEN Because we try to understand all of our appli-
cants, we read every part of every application very carefully. … [And] while we don’t prefer one activity over another, we do encourage our applicants to spend their time outside the classroom doing something that they love. How, if at all, does social media factor into the admissions process?
KATHY There are ways to manage your digital presence and
make sure you are presenting your best, authentic persona online. A few tips: Do make all of your social media sites “private.” Even if these sites are private, do post content that showcases your interests – upload your artwork or share photos of athletic events or performances. Don’t post anything that could be considered disparaging to anyone – even in jest. And do follow colleges you are considering to stay informed about campus events and other important news.