|FAQS : STUDYING
Studying at UNC-Chapel Hill
a public school. How good can it be?
When do I choose my major?
Can I double major at Carolina? What about a minor?
How strong are Carolina's premed and prelaw programs?
Does Carolina offer research opportunities for
How do I participate in the Honors Program?
Can Carolina students study abroad?
What's the average class size at Carolina?
How large are first-year classes?
How friendly are Carolina professors? Is it hard
to get to know them?
Will I receive credit for my AP or IB exams?
Why does Carolina require that every student have a laptop
Why and when should I take the SAT Subject Test, Math
What placement exams are required to ensure I enroll in the appropriate
|Carolina's a public school. How good can it be?
a word, great. At Carolina we draw strength from several unusual and powerful
combinations. We're both the oldest public university in the nation and
one of the leading research universities in the world. We offer an elite
education in a non-elitist environment -- a community known for its friendliness
and its commitment to the public good. We pursue state-of-the-art research,
including research in the basic and applied sciences, while maintaining
the feel and the focus of an outstanding liberal-arts college. We serve
our home state while opening our doors to the rest of the nation and the
Most of these combinations, to one extent or another, derive at least
in part from our status as a state-supported institution. Taken together,
they make us a better, stronger, and much more interesting place -- a
place with a unique feel, a strong sense of mission, and a vibrant intellectual
do I choose my major?
don't ask students to choose a major until their sophomore year. All first-year students,
regardless of their intended major, enter the College
of Arts and Sciences. During their first two years in the College,
students take courses as part of an innovative curriculum designed to help them develop the curiosity, initiative, integrity, and adaptability necessary for success in the complex environment of the twenty-first century. During their sophomore year, students will either declare a major
within the College of Arts and Sciences or apply to one of the University's
professional schools, each of which has specific requirements for admission.
The first two years in the College give students time to explore areas
of academic interest and choose a specific department in which to complete
their major study. Those students who definitely know their majors may
begin working on prerequisites and major course work while simultaneously
fulfilling Perspectives. By entering the College, all students receive
the educational experience of both a liberal arts college and a research
more about majors and departments.
I double major at Carolina? What about a minor?
of the wide variety of majors offered at Carolina, students often choose
to pursue a double major or a major and a minor. Some restrictions may
apply within particular programs or departments. Many students also personalize
their education by creating unofficial concentrations to complement their
official majors and minors.
strong are Carolina's premed and prelaw programs?
we don't offer premed and prelaw as majors, many students enter Carolina
with an interest in pursuing medicine or law. These students choose
from any major while receiving special advising about the requirements
for applying to these programs. The Health
Professions Advising Office offers support to students interested
in medicine, optometry, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and allied health
professions. The Prelaw
Advising Office provides similar resources to those students interested
in pursuing legal degrees. With access to nationally ranked departments
and award-winning faculty, students who perform well at Carolina tend
to make strongly competitive applicants to selective medical and law
schools across the nation.
Carolina offer research opportunities for undergraduates?
a leading research university, Carolina is dedicated to fostering and
encouraging research among all its students. Undergraduates not only receive
instruction in the classroom from experts within their fields; they also
enjoy the opportunity to conduct research alongside those experts as early
as the first year. The Office
of Undergraduate Research helps link students interested in research
with professors and projects in their areas of interest. The office also
serves to acknowledge and celebrate research conducted by undergraduates.
Other research opportunities are available through individual departments
and professors. The Burch
Field Research Seminars showcase the intimate connection between faculty
research and undergraduate education. The seminars take faculty and 10
to 15 students to locations throughout the nation and world to explore
and to conduct research first hand.
do I participate in the Honors Program?
Honors Program is unique because it's both selective and accessible. Admission
to the first-year Honors Program is initially by invitation only for about
200 students. There is no separate application; your application for admission
serves also as your application for the Honors program, and all students
who complete their applications on time receive full consideration. After
arriving at Carolina, students may apply to the Honors Program after their
first semester or during their sophomore year. While members of the program
receive priority registration, any student with a B average or better
may enroll in an honors course. Students who achieve an overall 3.2 GPA
by the end of their junior year have the opportunity to do a senior Honors
thesis. The flexibility of the program makes an Honors experience available
to every Carolina student while acknowledging the outstanding performance
of those students leading their class. Read
more about the Honors Program.
Carolina students study abroad?
students are strongly encouraged to make a study abroad experience part
of their undergraduate education. Study Abroad at UNC-Chapel Hill offers
a variety of programs that can fit the individual goals and needs of
almost any student. With more than 300 programs in 70 countries
around the globe, students may participate as early as the summer after
their first year at Carolina. Programs vary in length from one summer
session to a full year. A large number of the programs have no language
requirements. Students of any major may participate in study abroad,
and several programs are specifically designed for business or science
majors. Carolina's study abroad office offers a significant number of
exchange programs where students pay UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees
to study at an institution abroad. Read
more about study abroad.
the average class size at Carolina?
of undergraduate classes at Carolina have fewer than 30 students. As
a first-year student, you will be required to fulfill English, foreign language,
and math requirements, and these departments place a 35-person cap on
classes. New students also participate in First
Year Seminars. These seminars are taught by faculty who are both
active scholars and accomplished instructors and enroll no more than
twenty first-year students. Also, any Carolina student may enroll in
an Honors course with the consent of the instructor. Honors classes,
on average, have about 15 students. For the approximately five percent
of classes that contain more than 100 students, most meet twice a week
in a lecture setting and once in a small group discussion or in a lab.
large are freshman classes?
Our Fall 2007 first-year class included
3,895 first-year students. This class was chosen from over 20,000 applicants.
Eighty-two percent of the enrolling students are from
North Carolina and 18 percent are from other states and countries.
friendly are Carolina professors? Is it hard to get to know them?
only is Carolina a premiere place for research, it's also a first-rate
teaching university. All students, including first-year students, learn from scholars
who are recognized by their peers as the world's leading teachers and
researchers. These nationally recognized, award-winning professors are
devoted to making themselves highly accessible to their students. In seminar
rooms, in small groups meetings on the lawn, in the campus coffee shop,
or in another city or country conducting field research, professors and
students participate daily in exchanges of knowledge and ideas. All instructors
hold regularly scheduled office hours where students may meet individually.
They also encourage dialogue via email. Many students join faculty in
activities such as field trips, discussion dinners, cultural events, and
community-based learning projects.
I receive credit for my work in AP or IB courses?
who obtain satisfactory scores on Advanced Placement (AP) or International
Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams will receive appropriate credit
and placement in those subjects. Individual departments, not the admissions
office, determine the amount of credit awarded and the scores required.
The majority of students enter Carolina with several hours of credit
from AP or IB work. These students most often use the hours to gain
flexibility in their schedules and to allow for greater intellectual
exploration through additional elective courses. Read
the list of AP and IB credits awarded at Carolina.
does Carolina require that every student have a laptop computer?
Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI),
which requires that all first-year students own an Intel-based laptop computer
that meets University specifications, strives to offer Carolina students
the most up-to-date and advanced knowledge and resources in the world.
Because of CCI, all students can search out new ideas and knowledge
from their dorm rooms, tap into library resources from various locations
around campus, and take their laptops to class to participate in Internet-based
instructional innovations that enhance research and learning. For students
who can't afford a computer, the program provides grants; since CCI's
inception, nearly a thousand students a year have received computers
at no or reduced cost.
and when should I take the SAT Subject Test, Math 2?
Although we don't require SAT subject tests for admission, the Department of Mathematics recommends that enrolling students arrange to take this test. Many majors at Carolina require a quantitative reasoning course that you will not be allowed to enroll in without an appropriate placement score. AP and IB scores are not reported until mid-July, so it is safest to take the SAT Subject Test Math 2 to ensure your ability to register for a quantitative reasoning course. For more information, see the Math
Placement and Credit overview and the Math
Placement Test site.