UNC Core Certificate

US FlagYou want a degree to advance your career, but you need to complete your general education courses before you can apply for most online degree programs. We understand. In appreciation of the sacrifices you and your family make in service to our country, we created this unique program for you, our military service members and veterans, to help you get started on your path toward a college degree.

UNC Core, a certificate program administered by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, makes it easy for active duty service members and veterans to earn core credits any time, any place.


The UNC Core Certificate is comprised of 9 courses taken from a distance for academic credit, earning a total of 27-28 academic credit hours in key subject areas. All courses are taken, and a certificate is awarded, through the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. The curriculum is designed to fulfill general education requirements needed for entry into a degree completion program. Some courses are offered on a semester basis, while others can be started at any time and do not operate on a semester schedule.

Be sure to confirm with the Office of Admissions at the college or university where you will complete your degree that the courses you have chosen will transfer.


In order to be admitted to the UNC Core Certificate program:

  • you must be on active duty in the United States armed forces, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces, or a National Guard or Reserve member;
  • you cannot already hold a baccalaureate degree;
  • you must have either graduated from high school or completed the General Education Diploma (GED).


As a UNC Core Certificate student, you will complete 9 courses, earning a total of 27-28 academic credit hours in key subject areas. Once admitted to the program, you can work with an academic advisor or your base education officer to make sure you’re selecting the right courses for your degree path.

Course Requirements

Category/Requirement Courses/Credit Hours
English Composition 1 course/3 hours
Humanities and Fine Arts (from at least 2 disciplines) 3 courses/9 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (from at least 2 disciplines) 3 courses/9 hours
Mathematics 1 course/3 hours
Natural Sciences 1 course/3-4 hours (depending on course/lab)
TOTAL: 9 courses/27-28 credit hours

Admission Requirements

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will assess each applicant’s capacity to succeed academically in UNC Core and contribute to the University’s mission.

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript that reflects their graduation from high school or completion of the GED, as well as a copy of their Joint Services Transcript.

Tuition Assistance

The CORE certificate is not an eligible program for VA benefits or financial aid. For more information about Tuition Assistance (TA), visit your base education center and speak with an education services specialist.

Apply Now

To apply to UNC Core, follow these steps:

  1. If you are claiming North Carolina residency, you must submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). The RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you may enter in your application for admission. Complete your residency application as soon as possible—you may complete it before you start or submit your application for readmission.
  2. Go to apply now.unc.edu and create an account. (If you have previously created an account, please log in with those credentials.)
  3. Once you have logged into your account, start a new undergraduate application. Select “UNC CORE Certificate” from the next drop-down and click on “Create Application.”
  4. Complete the application carefully. To edit an in-progress application, simply log into applynow.unc.edu, and click on your application.
  5. For Educational History, list all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. You may choose to upload scanned copies of your high school and college transcripts, but these copies are not required. After you submit your application, you will be required to submit an official transcript that reflects your graduation from high school or completion of the GED. Official transcripts may be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or submitted electronically through Docufide, Avow, or Scrip-Safe/E-Scrip.
  6. To report the educational training completed while serving in the military, you are required to upload a copy of your Joint Services Transcript.

Contact Us

UNC Core Academic Advising
Nohemi Ramirez, Military Academic Advisor
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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education