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Possible Reason for Waitlist at UNC Chapel Hill?

b16yerb16yer Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
Hello there!

I was just recently put on the waitlist at UNC and was curious if anybody could offer anything about this?
I'm 1/660 students in my class, 4.807 GPA, IB program, 2200 SAT, 4's and 5's on the AP tests I've taken, 7 on my IB Spanish exam, varsity swim team for 4 years (captain for 2), varsity track for 4 years, executive VP of National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta Officer, a lot of volunteer hours, strong letters of recommendation, and 2 strong essays that I received help on from a teacher that used to be a college admissions counselor.

I visited the campus and really loved it there, so I was kind of bummed (and little surprised) that I didn't get in. On my visit they gave an informational brochure that stated that 77% of their students were in the top 10%, meaning that nearly 1/4 of their students weren't. This statistic got to me a little, as a quarter of their students receive admission from out of the top 10% whereas I was waitlisted as part of the top 0.2% of my class.

I live in Texas, so I'm wondering if they really only focus on North Carolina natives? Is there anything else that I'm missing here? I'm also concerned that if I do get pulled from the waitlist, all of the scholarships will have already been awarded to others and therefore will not be able to afford attendance.

I was only accepted to 4 out of the 8 schools that I applied to (with minimal scholarship offerings), so its been a pretty difficult past few weeks for me. You know how people say all the time that "Ohh, you'll have your pick of schools and won't have to pay a dime" but thats not exactly how it has turned out for me.

Any advice on anything would be appreciated!
Thanks a bunch

Replies to: Possible Reason for Waitlist at UNC Chapel Hill?

  • TrisherellaTrisherella Registered User Posts: 957 Member
    I would think with those stats you would have received a number of generous scholarship offers. Did you not apply to any safety schools?
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 3,047 Senior Member
    By law, they need to fill their class with a certain % of NC students. Not sure of the exact number but believe it is at least 75%, making the competition for those OOS very tough
  • twogirlstwogirls Registered User Posts: 5,905 Senior Member
    They take about 18-19% from OOS which is probably why you were wait listed. Did you fill out the FA forms? If you get off the WL you may get FA, depending.
  • InigoMontoyaInigoMontoya Registered User Posts: 1,518 Senior Member
    It's typically around 20% of students come from out of state. And since UNC is such a highly regarded school, and so inexpensive even for out-of-state students, the competitive pool for out-of-state students is much higher than for in-state. It sounds like you might not have targeted the right types of schools if you were seeking merit money? There should have been a number of schools that would be willing to give you scholarships, but not necessarily schools with the name recognition of a UNC-CH.
  • usualhopefulusualhopeful Registered User Posts: 1,627 Senior Member
    Their acceptance rate OOS is usually 15-18%, and the stats for accepted OOS students are just about Ivy-level, so it's very much a lottery.
  • FredjanFredjan Registered User Posts: 541 Member
    UNC admissions are brutal for OOS students.
    What does your financial aid need look like?
  • whitespacewhitespace Registered User Posts: 1,021 Senior Member
    What was your unweighted GPA (?/4.0)? Not that I think it really makes a difference as I thought you would have been accepted, but I'm curious.

    It's possible that UNC thought that you were using them as a sort of safety, or that you came off badly in your essays.
  • b16yerb16yer Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    whitespace, its a 3.9827 unweighted.
    fredjan, I filled out my FAFSA, and I believe my CSS profile for them (I cant remember if they requested that or not), but I will certainly be needing financial aid.

    Is there anything I can do to convince them of my interest other than an email?
  • b16yerb16yer Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I also did apply to safety schools. Texas A&M only offered 2500 a year. TCU and Hendrix college offered good money, but since they run about $60,000 a year, it only covers about 1/3 of estimated cost.
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 5,876 Senior Member
    b16yer wrote:
    You know how people say all the time that "Ohh, you'll have your pick of schools and won't have to pay a dime" but thats not exactly how it has turned out for me.

    People need to quit telling children that.

    How much can your parents pay per year without taking out loans? Do you have any acceptances you can pay for with the money your parents can pay + college grants + the federal student loan (~$5500/year) + summer work earnings (~$3k)? If not, you may need to take a gap year and apply to a new list of schools.

    What's your CR + M score? Some colleges do offer guaranteed merit for certain SAT (CR + M) scores and GPA; students who need grants to pay for school apply to the colleges that offer them. There's a thread pinned to the top of the financial aid forum that lists them. Have you checked it?
  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia Registered User Posts: 2,630 Senior Member
    What about UT-Austin? Don't they auto-admit top 7% ranked students? That's a great school. With those stats you look like a strong candidate for Honors.
  • HRSMomHRSMom Registered User Posts: 4,199 Senior Member
    edited April 2016
    OP: Texas. That is why. They accept much lower stats from in state, so don't bother comparing yourself to the published stats. For out of state, the admissions are much tougher.

    What does your 4.8 mean in unweighted? Kids with 4.0 unweighted and higher SATs were rejected, so don't feel like there was anything wrong with your app, ok?

    My son is also kind of tired of the "oh you'll get in anywhere you want with your scores" but from family and friends (which of course is not the reality. If you got into any top 50 schools, consider yourself very lucky and move on:)
  • b16yerb16yer Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Reading 750 Math 720. Im not sure how to find the thread I'm new to this thing
  • b16yerb16yer Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I wish I would have applied to UT, but its too late now
  • twogirlstwogirls Registered User Posts: 5,905 Senior Member
    I do not know whether or not this will help, but can your guidance counselor call admissions and let them know this is your top choice? Where have you been accepted?
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