UNC Core

Through UNC Core, active duty service members, veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members take distance education courses at any time and place. Tuition assistance may be available for courses and programs, check with your base education office.

Make sure to also confirm with the Office of Admissions at the college or university where you will complete your degree that the courses you choose will transfer.

There are two different options for service members to take courses through UNC Core:

  • UNC Core Certificate – 9 courses, totaling 27 or 28 credits. You will apply for admission to this program and, upon admission, will design a curriculum of distance courses that will fulfill most general education requirements for entry into a degree completion program.
  • Individual Courses – You will select courses on an individual basis that will help complete general education credit. Admission to the UNC Core Certificate program is not required.

Ways to Take Courses

Whether you complete the UNC Core Certificate or take individual courses, there are three options for taking classes:

  • Carolina Courses Online. Fully online courses taken on a semester schedule in the spring, summer, and fall terms. Classes don’t meet at set times, allowing students to work on coursework when available. Students communicate with classmates and their instructor via email and discussion forums. In most courses, final exams are taken online or are in the form of a final project
  • Self-Paced Courses, OnlineFully online courses which can be started at any time and are not tied to a semester schedule. Courses are typically completed within nine months.
  • Self-Paced Courses, Correspondence. Print-based courses that can be started at any time and are not tied to a semester schedule. You will mail coursework to professor for grading. Courses are typically completed within nine months.


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