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Academics

How do students select their courses?

New students choose their fall courses about a week after Orientation once meeting with an academic advisor. We encourage all incoming students to review the First-Year Guide prior to Orientation so that they’ll be able to hit the ground running.

Are academic support services available?

Absolutely. Whether it’s advising, help with a learning disability, multicultural affairs, or career services, we offer a wide range of highly personalized support services to ensure students make the most of their potential.

Find out more about student support services at Carolina here.

How many credit hours should first-year students take?

Students need to take no less than 12 credit hours each semester to be at full-time status at Carolina. We encourage students to register for 15 credits per semester as a way to stay on track for graduation, and some students register for 17 or 18 credit hours. In the end, it depends mostly on each student’s individual needs and circumstances.

Find out more about academics at Carolina here.

Orientation

Do parents take part in Orientation?

At Carolina we consider parents and family members of new first-year students and transfer students as critical partners in the success of our students. We encourage all parents and guardians of new students to attend our parent orientation programs that are held in conjunction with student orientation.

What goes on at Orientation?

For students, Orientation is a time to meet faculty, advisors, and fellow students and to get acclimated with the environment at Carolina. As a parent/family member, you will use this time to attend sessions on the curriculum, academic advising, housing, food services, finances, health services, and career services. You can also meet fellow parents/family members at social events.

Student Life

Are students required to live on campus?

At Carolina, you can live and study on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, where exciting events and incredible opportunities are always just a short walk away.

If you have earned less than thirty hours of college credit and are enrolled in twelve or more hours, you are required to apply for on-campus housing, either through the UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education or Granville Towers.

By living on campus, you’ll stay in touch with the heartbeat of Carolina. You’ll be centrally located near classes, libraries, dining halls, campus events, happenings in the Pit, the bustle of Franklin Street, and other “can’t miss” cornerstones of the Carolina experience. You’ll create strong, enduring bonds with people you might not have otherwise met.

When is student housing determined?

We encourage all students to complete the housing application any time after their admission reply form and enrollment deposit are received. Housing assignments are sent out in July. For more information please visit http://housing.unc.edu.

Financing

What resources are there for parents to help finance their student’s education?

PLUS loans are available to parents of undergraduate students when the student is “dependent” upon the parent for financial support. PLUS loans can be used in addition to other sources of aid, offer low monthly payments and long repayment periods, and are offered at a maximum of the difference between cost of attendance and other aid for which the student is eligible.

Is there any kind of payment plan available?

Yes, we offer a monthly payment plan for both the fall and spring semesters. The plan is offered through Tuition Management Systems (TMS). Please contact TMS at 1-800-722-4867. For more information about the payment plan, visit the Cashier's Office Web site at http://cashiers.unc.edu.