You don’t have to be a full-time student or seeking a degree to earn academic credit at UNC. Part-time learners can take classes on campus, online, or by correspondence. Semester-based and self-paced courses are also available. Distance courses are open to full-time students on a limited basis.


Carolina Courses Online

These web-based courses are offered on a semester schedule. Class attendance is not required, but students communicate with classmates and their instructor via email and discussion forums. Courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill. MORE »

Self-paced Courses

These are correspondence or online courses that can be completed at your own pace. Enroll at any time of year; no class attendance is required. Courses originate and credit is granted from eight institutions in the University of North Carolina system. MORE »

Part-time Classroom Studies

Are you a local resident? If so, you can attend UNC-Chapel Hill as a part-time student. The full range of graduate and undergraduate courses is available during the day, and a core curriculum of undergraduate courses is offered at night. You must be admitted to UNC-Chapel Hill to enroll, but you do not need to be seeking a degree. MORE »

Program Comparison

Method of Instruction Admission Required Time to Complete Credit-Granting Institution
Carolina Courses Online online no semester UNC-Chapel Hill
Self-paced Courses online or correspondence no up to 9 months (start at any time) one of ten UNC institutions
Part-time
Classroom Studies
classroom yes semester UNC-Chapel Hill