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Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2008, 11:14:40 AM »
While your 6 friends are lucky to have a decision in hand, a quick look at LSN reveals a LOT of strong candidates still pending. Iowa is a different story, and I fully expect that rejection. I refuse to think no news from UNC is bad news. Not yet...

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2008, 11:56:30 AM »
Come one Debbie Downer, come all. Jeez guys. It's Friday. It's gorgeous out (here anyways).

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2008, 08:34:44 PM »
Seriously, I hope things work out.  Good news is on the way!

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2008, 09:03:40 PM »
Whoops, forgot to check back before now.

Admisions has been in semi-disaster mode at the least since I was applying (I'm a 3L).  I have heard that UNC tends to get 4000 applications, and 3000 are for the 25% out of state, which works out to about 60 actual seats (of course more no doubt are accepted but don't matriculate.)  So out of state is hard anyways.  On the other hand I hear that they are going to be expanding the class sizes so that should help.

The professors, library, tech people -- everything that actually matters here is great.  Admissions stinks and has always stunk, and hopefully will get its act together soon.  There was much complaining about career services in recent years for being a like-disaster and the school fired a lot of people, hired replacements plus more people, and has generally put more focus on it - so the model for improvement exists.  I think if all the stuff UNC has done in the last year or so doesn't rebound our ranking (raised a lot of money, hired more professors, expanded career services, planning for a whole new complex to be built in 5 years or so) then you'll see more extreme measures but I guess its hard to motivate an admissions office when they have the luxury of so many applicants for the spots.  I just hope it doesn't take a dip in quality from this rankings dip to make admissions customer friendly.

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2008, 10:19:48 PM »
Yeah... they've been a little screwy with their admissions this year.  I heard they were short staffed so all decisions were a little, but I don't actually know if that's true.  I didn't get my scholarship offer from them until less than two weeks before the seat deposit was due.  Everyone else has gave me a month or more to decide.

The director of admissions is the best one they have had in years.  Last year's cycle was a disaster. They fired/ or she resigned/ etc... the last one around this point last year and sent an email to the rest of us saying that if we had not heard to go ahead and be content with other choices in life because Carolina would not be one.

I think it is just a function of how they have designed the process. The in-state quota requirement probably has a lot to do with why they play wait and see, not that they are disorganized and incompetent. I happen to know that incompetency is not the case. Understaffed? Maybe, but ask anyone in state government and you will get the same complaint.

It sucks, and I feel for you guys. I got strung along for months and months and then rejected last year. At least they should be a little more decisive with clear rejects (like me) and save the vain dreaming.



I work at a state university now.  And, yes, we are understaffed but that doesn't mean our students suffer for it.  I haven't seen anything that would suggest they are more short staffed than comparable admissions offices.  Regardless, when you are short staffed, you should keep the applicants informed about progress of the cycle.  A small blurb on the admissions website updating progress would save a lot of heartache for those waiting.  Or  an online status checker, like the rest of the known universe uses instead of an e-mail saying "You're complete, now don't contact us until we contact you." 

Maybe I've been spoiled by other admissions offices, but I just don't think that's a good way to recruit the best possible group of entering students that Caroline could otherwise have.  True, decisions should not be made based off of our interactions with the admissions reps.  But, in theory, an admissions office is a reflection of the value a school puts into securing quality candidates.  (On a that note, Jessica is a fabulous admissions rep to work with.  I'd suggest trying to talk with her if you do call the office.)

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2008, 10:28:33 PM »
UNC is getting an online status checker next year, just ftr.

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2008, 05:49:32 PM »
UNC is getting an online status checker next year, just ftr.

Lovely.  Figures it's a year too late for me.  Thanks for the update =)

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2008, 05:53:25 PM »
I'm starting to dread coming home to check my nail each day. But now I know that UNC good news comes by email.Bad news by snail mail. It used to be such a joy to check the mail...

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #28 on: April 30, 2008, 06:51:55 AM »
Still no news on UNC? I called Monday and was told they're still hoping to get all decisions out by May 1st. Ugh.

Re: Taking questions about UNC-Chapel Hill
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2008, 03:54:50 PM »
hey, i've been accepted at unc and will enroll this fall, and i have a question about housing.  namely, whether you would recommend getting a room (with an assigned roommate) in odum village, or trying for an apartment (with a friend) someplace close to the law school, like glenn lennox.  this might just depend on individual preference, but i'd love to read your pros and cons for each.  thanks!