University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (NC)

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (NC)

Common Application 


Early Action: Oct. 15, 2016    
Regular Decision: Jan. 15, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from    the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance,    no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   In addition to the essay you provided with your Common Application, please choose one of the prompts below and respond in an essay of 400-500 words.

1.         Teen activist and 2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousfzai said, “I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”. For            whom have you raised your voice?

2.         Students learn both inside and outside the classroom. What would other members of the Carolina community learn from you?

3.         You get one do-over of any moment in your life. What would you do over, and why?

4.         You’ve been invited to give a TEDtalk…what is yours about?

5.         There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th? 


l   Short Answer Questions: Complete each of the following sentences about yourself. Don’t think too long or too hard; just help us get to know you better. Your responses may be as     short as one word or as long as 10 words—no longer, please.

1.         Biggest little worry:

2.         Note to my future self:

3.         Fun fact:

4.         Question I would most like answered:

l   "Please list below names and relationships of individuals with whom you authorize the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss information related to your application.

        Joe Smith Step-father
        Mary Smith Mother
        Sally Jones Counselor"

Documents Required:
  • $80 Application Fee  
  • Counselor statement and transcript
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Official score reports from the SAT/ACT
  • Official score reports of TOEFL or IELTS

Other Information: 
Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
               Jackson Hall, Campus Box 2200
               153A Country Club Road
               Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: 919-966-3621 
Fax: 919-962-3045
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 5816
ACT Code: 3162