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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

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

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

STUDY ABROAD Want to enhance your education with a global experience? Whether you want 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

70+ majors and minors


student-faculty ratio


Photo courtesy of: Fernando Frazao/ Agencia Brasil




“I always loved student government, and especially here at Carolina where it’s so impactful to so many students, and also you can have an impact on the community. I’d like to go into politics one day, and student government is a great place to learn about new people and network and to have a hand in all kinds of clubs across campus.” — Tarik Woods, Salisbury, 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 handson experience, the connections, the memories — I'm incredibly thankful for this opportunity." — Brett Thompson, UNC ‘17 Lincolnton, NC

Pictured, left to right: Taylor, Nyatefe Mortoo (UNC ‘19, Morrisville, NC) Alexander Bryan, (UNC ‘17, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ), Dhru Patel (UNC ‘19, Morrisville, NC), Stephen Farmer (UNC), Mary Ryan (Ameritrade).


Create a better world During your time at Carolina and after, you’ll have many opportunities to use your knowledge to make a difference. 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 Giving back in the classroom. From creating video games for the visually impaired in a Computer Science class to developing social media campaigns for a local election in a Media and Journalism course, your professors will frequently combine service with learning

Have an idea for a social venture or looking for a global service opportunity? Get connected through the Campus Y or the Carolina Center for Public Service, two resources that provide funding, mentorship, and opportunities to develop your leadership skills.

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 here. 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. “Our team had a diverse collection of interests and skill sets, which worked well for us. It was an intense and exhilarating learning experience and those of us who are here next year absolutely plan to do it again.” Grahme Taylor, UNC ‘17 Bethesda, MD


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

Enjoy living on campus

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 Pit, Davis Library, the Student Recreation Center, Lenoir Dining Hall, and more.

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

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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71 F RTP average high in Chapel HIll

one of the most prominent high-tech 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. Or enjoy dance, theater, symphony, or jazz ensemble performances by world renowned artists at Carolina Performing Arts 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

Traveling to NC by plane? The nearest airport is Raleigh/Durham Airport located 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.

See • Ackland Art Museum • Planetarium and Science Center • The Carolina Basketball Museum • The NC Botanical Graden • Horace Williams House

Do • Kenan Memorial Theatre • Carmichael Arena • Dean E. Smith Center • Really Free Market • Carrboro Community Garden

Want to see more of North Carolina? Drive 3 hours west for the Blue Ridge Mountains and 2 hours east for the NC coast.

• Varsity Theater

Shop • Schoolkids Records

“Having friends begets more friends. Although social circles always start small, they've exponentially grown for me over the past four years. The campus opportunities – Campus Y and Carolina United – have helped tremendously. And there’s so much fun stuff to do on Franklin Street and beyond with friends!” — Vishal Reddy, UNC ‘16, Cleveland, OH

• Johnny T-Shirt (UNC gear) • Carrboro Farmer’s Market • Chapel Hill Comics • Rumours Boutique (vintage)

of May 2015 graduates enrolled in graduate and professional programs



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

alumni to connect with and add to your network

Landon’s story. What’s yours? “Carolina has helped me combine my two loves — business and social justice — into a career. The business school helped me refine my analytical skills and really taught me how



to break down a problem. My minor in social and economic justice exposed me to the

inequities of race, class, and gender throughout our society and showed me ways in which

we can begin to combat these issues. These

experiences are what ultimately helped me set my eyes on working for the U.S. Department of Justice. I now come to work everyday knowing I am helping make a difference in someone's life.”

— Landon Sherwood, UNC ‘15

West End, NC


Chelsea’s story. What’s yours? CIelsea is a “double Tar Heel,” which means she completed her undergraduate degree at UNC and returned to Chapel Hill for her law degree. Having grown up in a small town near her Lumbee tribal community, she was nervous about the transition to Carolina. But in coming to UNC, she found a home within Native American interest groups on campus, even taking on leadership positions within them, and found the support and confidence she needed to apply to law school. “Though I worked hard to earn these opportunities, I wouldn’t have gotten there without the support system I established within the Native community at Carolina.” — Chelsea Barnes, UNC ‘15 Hope Mills, NC

After four years, you’ll be ready to make your mark on the world at leading nonprofits or Fortune 500 companies. Or at graduate or professional programs in fields such as medicine, law, chemistry, business, and political science at institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and UNC.

Andrea’s story. What’s yours? Taking a 35-minute bus ride from her home in Prince George’s County, Maryland to her high school each day, Andrea wasn’t sure where her dream school was, but was committed to going whatever distance was needed to find the best quality education. With financial help from UNC, Andrea is able to work toward pursuing her career in educational policy, including receiving a grant to fund her summer internship in which she worked to better connect families to educational resources in her hometown county in Maryland. As the director of the Latina/o Mentoring Program, Andrea is now giving students the guidance she once sought herself in navigating what used to be a seemingly distant world of higher education. “It took meeting others, getting involved on campus, gaining more mentors, and engaging with my campus to see that UNC was #1 out of the 27 universities I originally applied to.” — Andrea Barnes, UNC ‘18

Fort Washington, MD







of May 2015 graduates left with no federal debt at all

among publics 16 years in a row by Kiplinger’s

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. UNC is a top value among public institutions, with out-of-state tuition costs lower than most top-tier national universities. 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 OUT-OF-STATE COSTS Tuition & Fees*


Room & Board


Direct 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:

Books & Supplies


Travel & Personal


- The FAFSA | | UNC code: 002974

Health Insurance


- The CSS PROFILE | | UNC code: 5816

Loan Fees Indirect Costs


We’re happy to answer questions or offer help, so get in touch!


*These are our best estimates for 2017-18. 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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