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First-Year Admission-Based Scholarships

Admission-Based Scholarship criteria and amounts for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 applicants will not include SAT or ACT test scores.

  • Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester to qualify for these scholarships
  • Students must maintain continuous enrollment (fall and spring semesters) at UNC
  • The admission-based scholarships listed are awarded to students who are working on their first bachelor’s degree
  • Students in off-campus, cash-funded programs are not eligible for these scholarships and should check with UNC Extended Campus regarding scholarship opportunities
  • Your application for admission is also your application for a number of admission-based scholarships. Once you are admitted, you can apply for further scholarships via your student Ursa account.

Spring 2021

Neither the writing portion of the ACT nor the Essay portion of the rSAT test is considered for scholarship purposes. First-year admission-based scholarships are based on:

  • rSAT - Math and Evidence-Based Reading and writing
  • ACT - Math, Science, English and Reading
  • While admission decisions do not use superscoring, we are eager to get you the best financial opportunity possible by using superscoring for admission-based scholarships. We will take the highest section score and combine them for a "super" composite score. We will do this for each test (ACT or rSAT) but will not cross tests.

  • Colorado Residents

    Colorado resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear).

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.6 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $10,000 ($2,500 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • WUE Resident

    WUE resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear).

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Note: UNC participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. This allows students who are residents of 14 western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) to attend UNC at a reduced tuition rate that is 150 percent of the in-state rate (calculated based on total tuition prior to the COF stipend for in-state students).

    Your application for admission also serves as your application for WUE, and all admitted WUE students automatically receive the WUE rate.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.6 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Non-Resident

    Nonresident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear). 

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $36,000 ($9,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • $28,000 ($7,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.6 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Summer 2021/Fall 2021

  • Colorado Residents

    Colorado resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost or Bear).

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 4.0 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • $14,000 ($3,500 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $10,000 ($2,500 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $6,000 ($1,500 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • WUE Resident

    WUE resident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost, Bear or Northern Lights).

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Note: UNC participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. This allows students who are residents of 14 western states (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) to attend UNC at a reduced tuition rate that is 150 percent of the in-state rate (calculated based on total tuition prior to the COF stipend for in-state students).

    Your application for admission also serves as your application for WUE, and all admitted WUE students automatically receive the WUE rate.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
    • Minimum 4.0 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • 16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA

    Northern Lights

    • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
    • GPA  <= 2.99
  • Non-Resident

    Nonresident admission-based scholarships are awarded automatically based on your academic performance. You can only receive one of the following scholarships (Trustee, Presidential, Provost, Bear or Northern Lights). 

    These scholarships are renewable with satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Trustee Scholarship

    • $36,000 ($9,000 per year)
    • Minimum 4.0 GPA

    Presidential Scholarship

    • $28,000 ($7,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.8 GPA

    Provost Scholarship

    • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.4 GPA

    Bear Scholarship

    • $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA

    Northern Lights

    • $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
    • GPA  <= 2.99