Carolina Courses Online
Through Carolina Courses Online, distance education courses are offered on a semester schedule in the spring and fall. In the summer, distance education courses are offered during 1st and 2nd summer sessions for 5 1/2 weeks each and also over an extended summer session of 11 weeks. See the calendar for important dates. Class attendance is not required, but you will communicate with your classmates and your instructor via email and discussion forums. Courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Who Can Enroll?
Carolina Courses Online (CCO) is open to anyone regardless of whether you are enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. Admission to UNC-Chapel Hill is not required, but you should be at least a high school senior.
Courses are taught in English, and as a student, you are expected to have competency in reading and writing English. University faculty members expect you to write and speak effectively, including the use of correct spelling, grammar, and style.
Persons Not Affiliated With Any School or College
Anyone who has an interest in the course material and is prepared for college-level work is welcome to register for CCO courses. These are regular courses from UNC-Chapel Hill that are also taught in classrooms on campus; through CCO the same course material is made available in a web-based format. No application for admission or transcript is required. You will earn academic credit and a final grade for each course.
Students at UNC-Chapel Hill
If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill student in good academic standing, you should check with your academic advisor or dean to ensure that these online courses are appropriate and fit into your plan of study; however, no signature is required to register. (If you are academically ineligible or not currently attending, you will need the signature of your academic advisor or dean giving you approval to enroll—see Advisor/Dean Approval Form.) If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill student in the General College or the College of Arts and Sciences and you enroll for the first time after July 1, 2008, please read the Arts and Sciences policy on taking these courses (in the Academic Eligibility section, scroll down to find the “Distance-Learning Courses” and “Carolina Courses Online” subheadings). Note: This policy was recently amended to allow UNC students to take 24 hours of online courses instead of 18 hours.
Students from Other Colleges or Universities
If you are enrolled at another college or university and hope to transfer the credit from one or more CCO courses back to your school, check with your advisor or dean before registering to make sure the course credits will be accepted. You do not need to apply for admission to UNC-Chapel Hill.
High School Students
If you are a high school senior or rising senior, you can enroll in a course as long as prerequisites are met and you have a written recommendation from your guidance counselor. If you are a home-schooled or charter school student, please contact our office for more information on the documentation you will need to provide.
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