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UNC's incoming transfer students receive letters of acceptance

Shelby Armstrong, an incoming transfer student at UNC, poses for a virtual portrait in her hometown of Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021. "If you have the opportunity to Carolina, you might as well go," says Armstrong, an incoming junior studying communications. "Unless, I guess, if you have the opportunity to go to Harvard," she jokes.

Along with the thousands of undergraduate students who anticipate a return to in-person experiences this fall, UNC’s 2021 transfer students are looking forward to starting their experience on campus. 

On April 9, transfer applicants received their letters of acceptance

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions received just under 3,500 transfer applications for the fall 2021 semester, which is an eight percent increase from last fall. The acceptance rate will be released in June when the admissions cycle completes, a University spokesperson said. In the past two years, UNC accepted around 800 transfer students each year. 

Many of the newly admitted transfer students said they are looking forward to the University’s plans to have an on-campus experience this fall semester. 

Shelby Armstrong, an incoming junior transfer student majoring in communications, took a gap year in Jamaica before enrolling in the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program.

C-STEP is a pathway program that allows low- and moderate-income high school and community college students to first enroll in an associate’s degree program at a UNC partner college and then transfer to UNC once all required coursework is completed.

Armstrong said that while the transfer process was stressful at times, the C-STEP coordinator was supportive throughout the entire process. She also said the UNC admissions office was timely and helpful in their responses, and she felt there was someone she could always turn to for help.

Mimi Tra is an incoming junior transfer student majoring in exercise and sports science from Central Piedmont Community College, also through the C-STEP program. 

Tra said she has been earning her associate's degree in biology at CPCC, but taking STEM courses online has not been her ideal learning situation. She said she is excited about in-person classes this fall and will be taking one this summer. 

“I've been online ever since last February, and it's been much harder and isolating,” Tra said. “You're just stuck at home, staring at a computer screen, and honestly, it's been really challenging. But I think through it all, like every student, we’ve learned to adapt to the situation.”

Alex Victorine, an incoming junior transfer student from Davidson majoring in geography, said he is also excited to enjoy campus and learn in person. 

“To be able to actually learn something in person that I really like means a lot,” he said. “And then I just think being in a campus environment, being away from home, being with more people my age is something that intrigues me.”

Looking toward the fall, Armstrong said she is most excited to finally have an all-encompassing college experience. 

“I took that gap year in Jamaica and when I came home, everything was online,” Armstrong said. “So, I just haven't really been able to have any kind of college experience aside from stressing about classes.”

Victorine said he sees the college experience as more than just the classes and gravitates toward the student life experience.

“I'm just really excited, to be honest with you, just so excited,” he said. “Especially with COVID, feeling everything getting back to as normal as it can be.”

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