A guide for your transfer student experience
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 time 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 you do graduate, you may leave Chapel Hill but your friends and the memories you make here will never leave you.
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Throughout your time 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.
“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
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
Hallie’s story. What’s yours? Leaving rural eastern North Carolina as the first in her family to attend college, Hallie knew she would need extra support to get to where she wanted to be. Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C- STEP) provided that support and more. Since transferring to Carolina, Hallie has taken advantage of the many opportunities here, from Splash UNC to Buckley Public Service Scholars, to Carolina Research Scholars. Now as a senior, she is completing her honors thesis on African American women and medicine in American literature. “Throughout my time as an undergraduate, I have grown both academically and personally. From learning how to write in new styles to traveling abroad for the first time, UNC has always been there to help me confidently tackle new challenges.” — Hallie French, UNC ‘17 Aurora, NC
Aaron’s story. What’s yours? For Aaron Epps, success can’t be measured simply by the completion of his 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? At UNC, you’ll have your choice of 300+ study abroad programs in over 70 countries — whether you want to research a specific culture or issue, intern with an international organization, or just polish your language skills. “I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for my studio art minor, and the experience was more challenging and more rewarding than I could have imagined. Enjoying the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo after my final studio project, and getting my ‘last’ gelato with UNC friends stand out in my mind. 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
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2016 OLYMPICS IN RIO
“Right after I transferred to Carolina, I remember walking to class and seeing every single person wearing Carolina blue and the insignia. That was just not something people did at my former institution. At that point, I felt like I was a part of something that was really big, which I hadn’t felt before coming to UNC.” — Sarah Whitmore ‘17 Charlotte, 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
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 startup 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 passion, whether it’s giving back or Carolina athletics. Picture 2,000 students dancing off to raise money for UNC Children’s Hospital. Or the just-as-animated 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
Live at the center of everything
If you choose to live on campus, you’ll be steps away from the Pit, Davis Library, the Student Recreation Center, Lenoir Dining Hall, and more. Want an easy way to meet other transfer students? Consider joining Transfer United, a Residential Learning Program for junior transfer students.
Go blue and green
Here’s another benefit to living on campus - you’ll be in good company if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. 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 volunteer to help with the edible garden where you can exercise your green thumb and enjoy a healthy snack.
@ CARO L I NA
As you transition to Carolina, 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!) New Student Convocation - August 20
Late Night with Roy - Late October
Join other new students to kick off the academic year. Itâ€™s like a big pep rally!
Celebrate the start of basketball season with performances and a scrimmage.
Summer Reading Book - Late August
Homegrown Halloween - October 31
Meet in small groups to discuss the same celebrated author. Itâ€™s like a book club!
Show off your costume and people-watch on Franklin Street. Trick or Treat!
Housing Community Events - All Year
TEDxUNC - Late February
Enjoy activities such as ice cream socials and a winter ball. Help plan events!
Be inspired at a conference of innovative thinkers who share their big ideas.
FallFest - Late August
Tar Heel 10 Miler - Late April
Get free stuff and sign up for your choice of hundreds of clubs at an outdoor fair.
Destress by running a 4-mile or 10-mile road race through Chapel Hill.
OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
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BEST COLLEGE TOWN IN US
by Forbes magazine 2015
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 my time at Carolina. 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 • FRANK Art Gallery • Rumours Boutique (vintage)
of May 2016 graduates enrolled in graduate and professional programs
of May 2016 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? Chelsea 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
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to make your mark on the world at leading non-profits 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.
Isai’s story. What’s yours? Isai transferred to UNC from a community college because he knew that Carolina was the place he wanted to be to reach his goals. Being a Tar Heel has allowed him to dive into groundbreaking research and learn from world-class, dedicated professors who care about his success. Grateful for the support he received in his transition to UNC, Isai is now working with the Upward Bound Program to help high school students prepare for success in college, as well as mentoring UNC transfer students in the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP). “My best advice to incoming transfer students is to jump in as soon as you can. Don’t be afraid to approach your professors or ask for help when you need it. You’ll find that people in the Carolina community are always willing to help you grow.” — Isai Garcia - Baza, UNC ‘17 Chapel Hill, NC
TUITION AND AID
among publics 16 years in a row by Kiplinger’s
of May 2015 graduates left with no federal debt at all
FINANCIAL AID Almost half of all UNC students receive at least some form of financial aid
At Carolina, you’ll receive an exceptional education at an affordable price. In fact, UNC is considered a top value among public institutions, with tuition costs lower than most nationally-ranked 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
NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS Tuition & Fees*
Room & Board
Books & Supplies
Travel & Personal
Loan Fees Indirect Costs
There’s Still Time to Apply for Aid: You still have time to apply if you haven’t already. The earlier you apply, the better! Learn more at studentaid.unc.edu. To be considered for all aid, complete: - The FAFSA | fafsa.gov | UNC code: 002974 - The CSS PROFILE | student.collegeboard.org/profile | UNC code: 5816 We’re happy to answer questions or offer help, so get in touch! email@example.com
*These are our best estimates for 2017-18. Under state law, tuition for North Carolina residents transferring from another institution will remain the same for the number of remaining semesters to complete a four-year or five-year program. 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. admissions.unc.edu/enroll
Right Away: Apply for financial aid (if you haven’t already). admissions.unc.edu/afford
By May 15: Enroll and pay deposit. Then, register for classes ASAP. connectcarolina.unc.edu
By May 26: Submit the online community standards form. Be on the lookout for an email with additional information.
By June 8: Register for orientation. orientation.unc.edu
By June 9: Submit your final transcript. Please have your school send an official copy.
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