In addition to the courses scheduled in the evening especially for part-time students, Classroom Studies students can take any course for which they have met the prerequisites if there is room in the class. Students who wish to take graduate-level courses must obtain permission from the department offering the class.
In most cases, yes, though students seeking a degree in health-related fields might need to re-take some science courses.
Financial aid may be available to degree-seeking students with documented need. Students taking classes that are required for entry into a graduate or professional program might also qualify. For details, contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.
If you wish to qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you must complete a residency status form.
Part-time Classroom Studies is a program for adults who wish to return to college or begin college on a part-time basis. You must have been away from a traditional school setting for at least one year before enrolling.
A good source of information about graduate admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill is the Graduate Record. We also encourage you to make an appointment with an advisor in the department you are considering to discuss your options.
Your entire academic record is a part of your application, but typically a student who has been away from school for some time can overcome a low GPA by taking some classes and performing successfully.
No, except in certain health-related fields.
Part-time Classroom Studies does not grant degrees. However, if you are an undergraduate, you can remain a part-time student until your last semester. At that point, if qualified, you may transfer to one of the University's upper-level schools or colleges and be classified as a full-time student to complete your undergraduate degree, even if you take an underload your last semester (see Transferring). There is no transfer opportunity available to Graduate School; postbaccalaureate students must apply directly to the Graduate School and the specific department or professional school.
Online and correspondence classes carry the same credit as courses taught in the classroom; however, UNC-Chapel Hill allows only six courses toward a degree. Students must have their advisor's written approval to take Self-paced Courses.
As a Part-time Classroom Studies student, you may register for a maximum of eight credit hours per semester. A part-time undergraduate student can appeal to take more than eight credit hours during the last semester before transferring to full-time. Taking two courses that total more than eight credit hours is also allowed.
It is always up to the degree-granting institution to determine what courses will count toward graduation, so a student seeking a degree from a college other than UNC-Chapel Hill should check with that school about transferability.
UNC-Chapel Hill will accept up to 64 hours earned at two-year schools and 75 hours earned at four-year schools. It will accept 75 hours from a combination of two- and four-year schools if the credit from the four-year school is earned last. Students must earn at least 45 hours of credit and take half of their major courses at UNC-Chapel Hill in order to earn a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
If you bring in at least 24 hours of transfer credit as a degree-seeking student, you may follow the pre-2006 curriculum. If you do not have at least 24 hours of transfer credit, you must follow the new curriculum. Although degree requirements will be somewhat different, you will most likely be able to use all of your transfer credits in the new curriculum.
Students with documented learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can receive services through the Academic Success Program for Students with LD and ADHD. Students with documented disabilities can receive services through Disability Services. Students must self-identify through Disability Services in order to receive services or accommodation from either of these offices.
If you are interested in auditing a course, visit http://registrar.unc.edu/registration/registration-policies/ for information on the process.