Admitted Students

Welcome, newly admitted students! We are excited that you are joining our graduate community at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!

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What to do immediately:

  1. Accept your admission offer. Log in to the online application and view your admission offer. Click the enrollment link to accept your offer. Make a note of your 9-digit Personal Identification (PID) Number.

    UNC-Chapel Hill supports the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, which states that you are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.

  2. Create your UNC ID login (ONYEN). Your UNC ID login name is called your ONYEN, which stands for the Only Name You'll Ever Need. You will use your ONYEN to access the online student center (ConnectCarolina), your UNC email, and other services.

    To create your ONYEN, visit ONYEN services and click on “Create an ONYEN.” Enter your 9-digit Personal Identification (PID) Number from your online admission offer, your first and last name, date of birth, and gender. Then, an ONYEN will be created for you. You will be asked to create a password.

  3. Pay your deposit. Visit the ConnectCarolina campus portal and click on “Login to Student Center.” Log in with your ONYEN. Scroll down to “Admissions”, click on the link to view your decision, accept your admission offer, and pay the $250 enrollment deposit.

  4. Check your UNC email address. Once you have created an Onyen and Onyen password, a UNC email account will be automatically created for you. Your email address will be onyen@live.unc.edu.

    Should you ever need to manually signup for the email service, please visit the Email Self Service Tool (selfservice.unc.edu).

    For more information, visit How do I get a UNC e-mail account? or contact the ITS Help Desk.

    We will send all official university correspondence to your UNC email.

  5. Are you an international student? Visit the International Student & Scholar Services website. Be sure to see the Pre-Arrival Information.

What to do before you arrive on campus:

  1. Request official transcripts and monitor transcript checklist. Once you have officially accepted your admission, you must request official transcripts for each post-secondary school attended be sent to The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. You will not be able to register for classes until we receive all of your official transcripts.

    This includes all transcripts from colleges, universities, community colleges, summer sessions, or extension programs you have attended since graduating from high school. Academic transcripts uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial and do not fulfill this requirement.

    (For UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts only, it is not necessary to request official transcripts for coursework or degrees; our office can access your transcript internally.)

    Official transcripts:

    • Must be received directly from each post-secondary school on paper or by certified electronic copy, such as those provided via eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment Send, or the National Student Clearinghouse.
    • Must be properly signed or authenticated.
    • Must be complete (not select courses).
    • Must include full course names and grades.
    • Must be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations (when applicable).
    • Must show the award of degree if completed. If your school's transcripts do not indicate degrees (e.g., mark sheets), you must include a separate certified copy of the diploma or degree certificate.

    We cannot accept:

    • Unofficial transcripts.
    • Transfer credit listed on the transcripts of other schools. Transcripts must be submitted directly from the school at which the courses were taken.
    • Incomplete transcripts. If you are completing or have just completed a degree, wait until you have a final transcript. Your transcript must show that all of your coursework is complete and that you have been awarded your degree.
    • Credential evaluation reports such as those issued by WES or ECE. These reports may be used as certified translations, but they do not take the place of official transcripts issued directly by the school.

    Mail final, official transcripts to:
    The Graduate School
    ATTN: Graduate Admissions
    200 Bynum Hall, CB# 4010
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010

    OR:

    Request that your school(s) or its authorized agent email an authenticated electronic transcript to: gradadmissions@unc.edu.

    Check first that your school is capable of sending authenticated electronic transcripts. We cannot accept electronic transcripts in any other form from you or your school.

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official transcript(s) are found.

    All transcripts become the property of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and cannot be borrowed, returned to applicants, or sent to another institution or campus.

    It is your responsibility to monitor receipt of official transcripts via the admissions checklist. From the ConnectCarolina campus portal, click on “Login to Student Center”. Log in with your ONYEN. In the right-hand column under To-Do List, click on “Admissions Items”. Your “To Do Items” will list schools for which official transcripts have not yet been received. As each transcript is received, it will drop off your list. Once all transcripts have been received, your enrollment hold will be lifted and you will be able to register for classes.

    For any questions about transcript processing, please contact gradadmissions@unc.edu.

  2. Submit your immunization and health form. Visit the ConnectCarolina campus portal and click “More Student Links.” The Immunization and Health History Form must be submitted in order to not have your registration canceled.

    To learn more, view the Required Immunization and Health History Information.

  3. Enroll in health insurance. As a UNC student, you must have health insurance. To learn more about student health insurance options, please visit the Campus Health Services website.

    You will be automatically enrolled and billed for the UNC System-Wide Student Health Insurance plan unless you submit a waiver to show that you have an alternate health insurance plan. Please visit the Campus Health Services website for information on the waiver process.

    If you are a Graduate Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Fellow, or Trainee, you may be enrolled in the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP). Please work with your academic program regarding enrollment in and timing for GSHIP (typically July). If you are enrolled in GSHIP, you will still need to submit a waiver to opt out of the UNC System-Wide Student Health Insurance plan.

  4. Access ConnectCarolina through the ConnectCarolina campus portal. You can use ConnectCarolina to:

    • Review financial aid
    • Monitor official transcript checklist
    • Pay tuition and fees
    • Register for classes
  5. Check your residency status. View your admission offer to check your residency status for tuition purposes. If you have an “undetermined” or “non-resident” status, you will be charged out-of-state tuition.

    To learn how to establish in-state residency, see North Carolina Residency for Tuition Purposes.

  6. Will you take out federal loans? Visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid to learn about federal loans.

    In order to receive federal loans, you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Loan Counseling. Please refer to StudentLoans.gov.

  7. Register for orientation. We hold New Graduate Student orientation in August. This event is designed to welcome you to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus community and help connect you with graduate student resources. Registration will be available early in the summer. We will send you an email when the registration site is open.

  8. Learn about housing and life in Chapel Hill. Learn about housing and other student resources by visiting The Graduate School's Campus & Community Resource Guide.

What to do after you arrive on campus:

  1. Get your student ID (UNC OneCard). See the UNC One Card office to learn how to get your UNC OneCard (student ID).

  2. Update your address. Provide your current contact and emergency information. From the ConnectCarolina campus portal, click on “Login to Student Center”. Log in with your ONYEN. Scroll down to “Personal Information” and update addresses and emergency contact names.

  3. Are you an international student? You must check in with the International Student & Scholar Services Office upon your arrival. You may also receive communications about University support services to assist your transition.

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Questions?

Please contact The Graduate School at gradadmissions@unc.edu or 919-966-2611 if you have questions about admissions.

Contact your academic program directly if you have specific questions about the program.

Not all checklist items are applicable for online/distance education programs. Please consult with your academic program directly with any questions.

If you are an international student, contact International Student & Scholar Services.

To learn more about guidelines for offers of admission and financial support, visit the Council of Graduate Schools. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill abides by these guidelines.