Out of the thousands of high school students applying to UNC every year, roughly 10 percent of each incoming class will be accepted into the Honors Carolina program.
“It’s a multifaceted program,” said Ritchie Kendall, assistant dean for Honors Carolina and associate professor of English and comparative literature. “We offer over 200 unique courses, student-centered, generally small, research-oriented, all across the disciplines of the University.”
Applicants do not apply directly to the merit-based program as high school seniors; rather, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will nominate students into Honors Carolina upon reading their applications. However, students who are not nominated still have an opportunity to apply to Honors Carolina in later semesters.
“Students who fill out the applications now have the option to check the box for Excel @ Carolina options. Every student has the opportunity to do that, so a student can check up to three of those boxes and Honors Carolina is one of those,” said Jason Clemmons, director of curriculum, recruitment and operations of Honors Carolina. “We look at them to see if there is an interest from a particular student for the program.”
Students who receive merit-based awards such as Carolina Scholars and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship are automatically placed in the program.