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FOr you UNC people...

GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 157 replies85 threads Junior Member
Im applying for RD and from OSS
can you rank these in order of most to least importance for admission?
gpa, essay, ACT/SAT, AP scores, EC...

personally, my gpa is very low... UW only 3.54
im just curious to see if i still have a shot

also, what is UNC known for?

thnx everyone
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  • corey91corey91 736 replies166 threads Member
    UNC claims a holistic approach so this is just my opinion.

    SAT, GPA, Essay, EC's, AP scores

    Of course if you have a spectacular essay or EC those things can make a big difference.

    UNC is known as one of the best schools in the SOUTH! hehe
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  • GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 157 replies85 threads Junior Member
    haha ya i know, thats why im applying
    lol... i meant academic-wise
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  • corey91corey91 736 replies166 threads Member
    Academically they are excellent in all fields except engineering.
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  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man 2478 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Corey personally I would flip the GPA and SAT in your rank, otherwise I agree.
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  • pierrelourenspierrelourens 126 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I second that the essays are very important. Admissions represents to whom I have spoken say that essays are your "interview" that they wish they could have... if it weren't for so many applicants. Good luck, and be yourself!
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  • corey91corey91 736 replies166 threads Member
    @ secret asian man

    Idk, if you have 1750 SAT and a 3.8-9 gpa do you really think that UNC would take them in over a 2000 SAT and a 3.4 gpa?
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  • eadadeadad 2637 replies122 threads Senior Member

    As an OOS applicant unless there were extenuating circumstances, or are a highly URM I don't think so. A score of 2000 would probably be on the low end as well even with a 3.8-3.9. OOS admission is THAT competitive and getting more so each year.
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  • adwilliamsadwilliams 15 replies0 threads New Member
    I'm an OOS student at UNC in the class of 2013. Based on my strengths and the fact that I got in here but was waitlisted elsewhere, my rankings would be:

    GPA, ACT/SAT, Essays, EC, Recommendations, AP scores.

    I like to think that Carolina got it right.
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  • corey91corey91 736 replies166 threads Member
    eadad - I meant relatively not using those actual scores/gpa
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  • KansasGirlKansasGirl 276 replies27 threads Junior Member
    You can google "common data set" "university of north carolina" 2009 and see exactly how the class is made up.
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  • inflagoman_2inflagoman_2 28 replies8 threads Junior Member
    All of the events I went to, they really stressed strength of schedule, and making sure you fully tried to put yourself to a test. Unfortunately every time the question was asked, "Would it be better to have an A in an honors, or a B in an AP class?" it was always responded as we'd like them to have an A in the AP class, then they would continue and be ambiguous. As stated before, admissions has constantly said the essay and recommendations can be very important in finding out the actual person.
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  • BruinsJEWBruinsJEW 1026 replies32 threads Senior Member
    I believe that GPA, SAT, Extracurricular, Essays, AP scores/ recommendation. Although they say that it is a holistic approach, every large university has a set manner in which they do admissions. Basically, they have a graph and if you fall on that line, then you hold a chance. They first look at your GPA and SAT and see where you fall on the graph, if you're within the graph then they'll consider you for admissions. However, outliers also do sometimes get consideration, however you must explain your argument (extenuating circumstances, URM, etc.) for your abnormality in the UNC applicant pool. Basically if you fall on the graph, you're on step closer but you still have to stand out amongst the other thousand applicants through your extracurriculars and essays.

    Hope this helps
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