We take every aspect of your personal profile into consideration when calculating your admissions chances.
Please submit a short essay (250 words or fewer) that describes your academic interests and the ways you believe Honors Carolina can help you pursue them.
Why do you want to participate in the global opportunities you’ve selected, and in what ways are you hoping to grow through the experience(s)?
In addition to the essay you provided with your Common Application, please choose two of the prompts below. Your essay responses below should be different from your common app essay response.
Carolina aspires to build a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that students can only achieve their best when they learn alongside students from different backgrounds. In reading your responses, we hope to learn what being a member of such a community would mean to you.
Describe an aspect of your identity and how this has shaped your life experiences or impacted your daily interactions with others?
Describe a peer who is making a difference in your school or community. What actions has that peer taken? How has their work made a difference in your life?
If you could change one thing to better your community, what would it be? Please explain.
Former UNC-Chapel Hill employee, community service member, and civil rights activist Esphur Foster once said “We are nothing without our history.” How does history shape who you are?
Please complete these short fill-in-the-blanks
One family, friend, or school tradition I cherish…
If I had an extra hour in every day, I would spend it...
If I could travel anywhere, near or far, past, present or future, I would go…
The last time I stepped outside my comfort zone, I...
People who meet me are most likely to notice...and least likely to notice...
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.