Policies and Procedures

The University provides a list of campuswide official policies. The policies and procedures in this section of the catalog include information about course credit; registration and enrollment; attendance, grading, and examination; academic standing, transcripts; and other important information. 

Regulations and Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Students are responsible for observing the procedures, regulations, and requirements of the University as they are set forth here and in other official University publications. This section describes many of the requirements and regulations that apply to undergraduates, but it is not a complete list of all such regulations and requirements. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations described in this section will govern the academic progress of students from their first year in the General College through their final semester in the College of Arts and Sciences or one of the undergraduate professional schools. The staff of the University will gladly provide students with detailed information concerning their academic program or academic problems, but this does not relieve any student of individual responsibility for meeting the University’s requirements and observing University regulations.

Regulations and Requirements for Graduate Students

The Graduate School Handbook contains most of the policies and procedures of The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students should become familiar with the material pertaining to their degree programs, and, together with their faculty advisors, make certain that the chosen program of study complies with all policies.

Policy Changes

The following policies were changed since the publication date of this catalog:

Admission of International Students

International students are considered for admission on the same basis as other candidates and must provide the same information required of all other applicants. Note: The following requirements were updated in the Catalog as of 7/24/19, after the original publishing date: In addition, international students are required to submit an English proficiency exam score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (strong applicants typically have a score of 100 or higher), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (strong applicants typically have a band score of 7.0 or higher), or the Pearson Test of English (strong applicants typically have a score of 68 or higher) if English is not their native language.

High School Foreign Language Policy

The high school foreign language policy was revised during the 2018-19 academic year. Effective spring 2019 (for May 2019 graduation), credit hours earned in a level 1 course of a student's high school foreign language may now contribute towards the 120-academic-hour graduation requirement. Note: the policy was updated in the 2019-2020 Catalog as of 8/18/19, after the original publishing date.