Admissions Initiatives

The GAA strives to support its members in all facets of collegiate life, from applicant to alumnus. Whether you’re attending the Alumni Admissions Forum with your middle or high school student or attending a Summer Send-Off Party for the newest members of the Tar Heel family, alumni are encouraged to stay connected and remain involved. It’s never too early to get connected with your Tar Heel family. Your GAA annually facilitates several programs that target prospective undergraduate students.

Alumni Admissions Forum

Who should come? Parents and students beginning to think about the college admissions process.

To help ease parents and students into the admissions process, the GAA offers a one-day forum. This program provides an in-depth view into the ever-changing world of college admissions and is beneficial to any student and parent preparing to begin the college-admissions process.

This program does not focus on how to gain admission to Carolina. It has been developed to assist students and parents with the college admissions process, regardless of where a student plans to apply. Participation in this program will have no effect on a student’s application status should he or she decide to apply to Carolina.

May 18, 2019 Alumni Admissions Forum 

Order of the Bell Tower (OBT) Shadow Day

Who should come? High school juniors interested in attending Carolina.

Shadow Day is a unique campus visit and exploration program that invites high-achieving, motivated high school juniors to spend a day in the life of a current Carolina student. OBT is sponsored by the GAA and serve as the University’s official ambassadors and tradition keepers.

The next Shadow Day event will be held in Fall 2019.

GAA-Supported Scholarships

The GAA is proud to support the educational pursuits of our students through the sponsorship of several scholarships:

  • Carolina Club
  • GAA
  • Dibbert
  • J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders
  • Light on the Hill Society
  • Light on the Hill Society Peppers

Learn more. 

Useful Links

Undergraduate Admissions – Visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for the latest updates on applying to Carolina.

UNC Campus Tour – Schedule a campus tour.

Visit a UNC class Register to visit a UNC class.

Graduate School Admissions – Visit The Graduate School website for the latest updates on applying to The Graduate School.

Carolina Alumni Review Admission Article Archive

The Carolina Alumni Review devotes in-depth coverage in each March/April issue to this subject, and the features and data found here go back to 1996. Topics have ranged from what it takes to compete, how financial aid works — including the creation of the Carolina Covenant, ensuring students from low-income families can graduate without debt — to how Carolina uses student essays to make admission decisions.

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