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Congratulations! We’re honored that you chose to apply to Carolina, and we hope you’ll join our Tar Heel community. Here you’ll find a diverse group of classmates and faculty who will care about you and inspire you to think and grow. We’ll also support and celebrate you as you take advantage of the wide array of opportunities we offer. We’re excited too, because we believe that you’ll make us all better along the way. We can’t predict exactly which path you’ll take, but we can promise you this. Your four years here will be a thrilling journey of self-discovery and exploration that will prepare you to lead the life you’ve always imagined. And when those precious four years end, and you do graduate, you may leave Chapel Hill but your friends and the memories you make together will never leave you.

Dramatic Arts: (Photo courtesy, HuthPhoto).

Your journey begins in the College of Arts and Sciences, where you’ll build a foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills during your first two years. This experience will prepare you for your next step — choosing a major or applying to one of our professional schools. Throughout your four years here, you’ll learn from world-class faculty that includes an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, a National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient, and a Nobel Prize Laureate. You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with your professors on nationally-funded research and projects outside the classroom.

Learn from the best “My favorite class was Political Science 490 — agenda formation in presidential trade-craft — with Professor Terry Sullivan. He’s not only deeply knowledgeable about the issues at hand, but he’s frank and engaging, and our thought-provoking conversations allowed me to continue grappling with the topics discussed outside of class — and that’s a pretty good measurement of when you’ve found the best class.” — Javier Zurita, UNC ‘18

Miami, FL

TOP 10

in American Politics according to US News & World Report’s most recent ranking



student-faculty ratio

majors and minors



Want to enhance your education with a global experience? Whether you’d like to research a specific culture or issue, intern with an international organization, or just polish your language skills, at UNC you’ll have your choice of 300+ study abroad programs in over 70 countries.

“I chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy for my studio art minor, and the experience was more challenging and far more rewarding than I could have imagined. Enjoying the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo, the satisfaction of putting the final touches on my oil painting in the studio, and getting my ‘last’ gelato with UNC friends are some of my favorite memories. But I also appreciate the moments that pushed me and taught me lessons I couldn’t have fully learned otherwise.” — Jennifer Morrison, UNC ‘17 Brookeville, MD


Aaron’s story. What’s yours? First-generation college student Aaron Epps’ success can’t be measured simply by the completion of degree requirements or his GPA. Aaron is an Honors student, studied abroad in Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, and is a co-chair of the Black Student Movement, among several other leadership and extracurricular involvements. Despite how passionate he is about his activities and classes, Aaron credits his love for UNC to being immersed in an empathetic, supportive student body. “I knew UNC students cared and were passionate to see one another succeed, and I wanted to be a part of that.” — Aaron Epps, UNC ‘18 Fairmont, NC

“I went to Rio to cover the biggest sporting event in the world. I can't believe the university I dreamed of attending — which happens to be a 6-time Hearst champion, by the way — actually sent me to cover the Olympics. The hands-on experience, the connections, the memories — I'm incredibly thankful for this opportunity." — Brett Thompson, UNC ‘17 Lincolnton, NC



RESEARCH & INTERNSHIPS Whether connected through your professors or other campus resources, you’ll have numerous ways to extend your learning outside the classroom. Some examples include studying gene mutations at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, tracing the roots of a hip-hop group made famous on the internet, and interning for a costume designer of a Broadway production. “During my undergraduate career, my education major has exposed me to multiple internships, including visits to daycares and schools. Within my first semester in the major, I’ve already had many opportunities to mingle with distinguished faculty and find jobs outside of campus.” — Renee Coleman, UNC ‘17 Winston-Salem, NC

Jennifer’s story. What’s yours? Jennifer has enjoyed time to pursue her passions in both the sciences and arts, while serving on the Honor Court, mentoring study abroad students, and getting involved with the Out-of-State Students Association — all with the peace of mind of knowing she has already been admitted to the top pharmacy school in the nation. “At UNC, you’ll not only receive a world-class education, you’ll also have the chance to broaden your horizons and open your mind. For me, studying abroad and being constantly surrounded by people who have led a far different life from my own have helped me grow beyond measure. And that has been the most rewarding of all.”


— Jennifer Sato, UNC ‘17 Lexington, KY


US News & World Report 2017




by Forbes magazine 2015

RTP one of the most prominent hightech research parks in the U.S. — home to over 200 companies

Enjoy exceptional experiences at Carolina Performing Arts and Durham Performing Arts Center

Explore UNC’s hometown of Chapel Hill and . . . • • •

Catch a show at Cat’s Cradle, a live-music venue featuring acts from the local to the legendary Savor the flavors of Franklin Street and beyond, with 95+ restaurants ranging from Asian fusion cuisine (by a James Beard award-winning chef) to late-night fried chicken Bike, hike, walk or run through the town’s 7 major greenways and 15 parks

Udara’s story. What’s yours? In high school, Udara never thought of advertising as a possible area of study. Though biology had always been a realized passion, he appreciates UNC for broadening his understanding of learning and opening the door to many different possibilities. Now as a double major in biology and media and journalism, Udara has found a way to explore both of these interests. Depending on the day, he’s either carrying out experiments in the lab or working on ad campaigns for clients. “By combining a high-level of learning with an immense amount of opportunities, UNC has not only taught me valuable skills, but also showed me how to use them.” — Udara Fernando, UNC ‘18 Cary, NC


Enjoy your first-year experience There’s always something going on. And because all first-year students live on campus, you’ll only be a few steps away from the action. A typical day may include: • • • • • •

Walking to Polk Place and McCorkle Place (Carolina’s main academic quads) for class Eating with your new friends at Lenoir Dining Hall Passing through the Pit for the latest on campus events Studying at Davis Library or any of the other world-class facilities Finding a food-truck rodeo at your residence hall Working out with your roommate at the Student Recreation Center

Go blue and green

You can make your mark on the world and reduce your carbon footprint while living on campus. Compete in the annual Residential Green Games where you and your neighbors can lead the way in recycling, composting, and promoting the environment within your community. Or join the Sustainability Residential Learning Program to live with other students interested in discussing a wide range of sustainability issues and implementing change.



As you transition from high school to college, we want you to know that we’re ready to help you thrive. Here is a sample of the kind of services offered daily on our campus.

• Student Wellness Center – Resources on stress management, substance abuse prevention, and other topics • Campus Health – Medical care (preventative and treatment), mental health counseling, and other specialty services • Academic Advising – Guidance on possible areas of study and how to meet graduation requirements


Nothing brings people together like a shared love of giving back or Carolina athletics. Picture 2,000 students dancing off to raise money for UNC Children’s Hospital. Or the student section in the Dean Dome.


Professional societies, Greek life organizations, service groups, and more

28 varsity sports with COUNTLESS FANS WORLDWIDE

If this doesn’t sound like you, that’s ok. Join any of the 800+ student organizations, which include the Ukulele Ensemble, Fun Tabletop Gaming Network, and 47 faith-based organizations. If you’re interested in advocating for diversity, consider getting involved through the LGBTQ Center, Black Student Movement (BSM), Carolina Indian Circle, or Carolina Hispanic Association (CHISPA), to name a few. After all, there’s more than one way to be a Tar Heel.

Meet inspiring classmates “Since I’ve been at Carolina, I’ve met students from all over the world, students who play on professional sports teams and nationally ranked bands, and even a student who runs several multi-million dollar companies. My classmates have shown me that we all have unique talents and backgrounds and that ANYTHING is possible, especially at Carolina.” — Kara Patrovic, UNC ‘19

34% of Fall 2016 entering class identify as students of color

Miller Place, NY

+ 100 countries represented in our student body

Make connections (and have fun!) Carolina Kickoff - Right Before Move-In

Late Night with Roy - Late October

Move in early and spend three days getting to know your classmates and campus.

Celebrate the start of basketball season with performances and a scrimmage.

New Student Convocation - Late August

Homegrown Halloween - October 31

Join the rest of #UNC21 to kick off the academic year. It’s like a big pep rally!

Show off your costume and people-watch on Franklin Street. Trick or Treat!

Summer Reading Book - Late August

TEDxUNC - Late February

Meet in small groups to discuss the same celebrated author. It’s like a book club!

Be inspired at a conference of innovative thinkers who share their big ideas.

Housing Community Events - All Year

Tar Heel 10 Miler - Late April

Enjoy activities such as ice cream socials and a winter ball. Help plan events!

Destress by running a 4-mile or 10-mile road race through Chapel Hill.

FallFest - Late August Get free stuff and sign up for your choice of hundreds of clubs at an outdoor fair.




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Make your mark During your time at Carolina and after, you’ll have many opportunities to use your knowledge to make a difference and reach your goals. Picture yourself.... • • • •

Creating a start-up that sources and donates surplus science equipment for schools Developing a portable test for safe drinking water in disaster-stricken areas Landing a job at a leading non-profit or Fortune 500 company Entering graduate or professional school in your field of choice from medicine to law to chemistry

Pictured, left to right: Grahme Taylor, Nyatefe Mortoo, Alexander Bryan, Dhru Patel, Stephen Farmer (UNC), Mary Ryan (Ameritrade).

Team up with your friends and maybe you’ll be the next winner of Ameritrade’s thinkorswim challenge like the four members of Pi Lambda Phi pictured above. In just 4 weeks, they turned $500,000 into nearly $1.32 million virtual dollars, earning UNC $30,000 in scholarships and landing the team an appearance on CNBC’s Fast Money.



of May 2015 graduates enrolled in graduate and professional programs

90% of May 2015 graduates landed a job or entered graduate school within 6 months

300,000+ alumni to connect with and add to your network

Tim’s story. What’s yours? Alumnus Tim Durbin’s journey to become the first American to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days began when he took “Intermediate Jogging” for his physical education requirement at UNC. He developed a passion for running and travel, with a love of meeting people along his journey. After participating in the 2015 World Marathon Challenge, he kept his momentum going by setting a goal to run the distance of the equator within 10 years. Looking back, he’s grateful for Carolina for giving him a community of people who were equally passionate about their interests and who embraced the idea of going the extra mile to accomplish their goals. “My professors and friends at UNC shaped who I am, and they all were motivated in their own ways, whether it be about running, writing, politics or medicine.” — Tim Durbin, UNC ‘05 Decatur, IL

Andrea’s story. What’s yours? Andrea is an environmental science major with a minor in geography. She is also earning her Master’s degree in strategic communications through one of Carolina’s dual degree programs. Andrea recently traveled to Freiburg, Germany for an internship at a non-profit, educating visitors on the city’s green initiatives. When she’s not investigating environmental issues, you may find Andrea giving prospective students a campus tour, teaching spin class at the campus recreation center or managing a team of ushers at the Carolina Performing Arts. Andrea’s hard work and Carolina’s financial aid has made it all possible. “Carolina has countless academic opportunities and amazing people, and I am fortunate to have received enough financial aid that I will graduate debt free. To both me and my single mom, I cannot overstate what a gift that is.” — Andrea Orengo, UNC ‘17 Matthews, NC




among publics 16 years in a row by Kiplinger’s


of May 2015 graduates left with no federal debt at all

FINANCIAL AID Nearly 50% of UNC students receive at least some form of financial aid

At Carolina, you’ll receive an exceptional education at an affordable price. Tuition and fees for North Carolina residents are a fraction of what other top-tier national universities cost. We work hard to make Carolina affordable for every student. Nearly half of UNC undergraduates receive financial aid and scholarships. Follow the steps below to find out what Carolina might cost for you!

Estimate your college costs NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS Tuition & Fees*


Room & Board


Direct Costs


Books & Supplies


Travel & Personal


Health Insurance


Loan Fees Indirect Costs


APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID BY MARCH 1 Submit by the priority deadline to be considered for the fullest array of financial aid. Learn more at To be considered for all aid, complete: - The FAFSA | | UNC code: 002974 - The CSS PROFILE | | UNC code: 5816 We’re happy to answer questions or offer help, so get in touch!


*These are our best estimates for 2017-18. Under state law, tuition for North Carolina residents will remain the same for eight consecutive semesters. Direct costs are billed by the University, and they can vary based on housing and meal plan options. Indirect costs will vary depending on individual circumstances and budgeting decisions.

Your ONYEN (the Only Name You’ll Ever Need) is the gateway to your UNC email account and many other UNC services. Once you’ve created one, you can set up your UNC email account, apply for housing, and register for orientation. Be sure to check your email regularly so that we can stay in touch with you.

Cross off your to-do list Right Away: Create your ONYEN.

By March 1: Apply for financial aid.

By May 1: Enroll and pay deposit.

By May 15: Apply for housing.

By May 18: Register for orientation.


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