Students who enter the University as first-year students are expected to complete their undergraduate degree in eight semesters of full-time enrollment, excluding summer terms. Under rare and extenuating circumstances, students may request permission to enroll for an additional semester. Students who have valid reasons to request additional semesters are encouraged to complete and submit the Additional Semester Appeal Form.

Note: Any student who is permitted to enroll in a ninth semester or beyond may retain a second major and a minor or two minors; however, permission for a ninth semester or beyond will not be granted for the sole purpose of completing multiple areas of study (i.e., a second major and minor or two minors)

Transfer students who transfer in the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent of two or more semesters may automatically enroll in up to 10 semesters and complete up to three areas of study (i.e., a second major and a minor or two minors) without permission.

Types of additional semester appeals that are usually approved:

  • To take courses required for graduation that are offered only in certain spring or fall semesters – despite the student’s best efforts to complete these in a timely manner
  • To complete an honors thesis
  • To participate in a study abroad program that requires the student to be enrolled as an undergraduate
  • To serve the University community via special student activities that significantly benefit the campus community
  • To serve the University as a red-shirted student-athlete or in the capacity of student personnel important to a varsity team and endorsed by the team’s coaching staff
  • To retake a course required for graduation that was failed in the final semester

Sometimes accepted as legitimate extenuating circumstances:

  • Change of majors as recommended by an academic advisor
  • Loss of transfer credits
  • Financial need necessitating heavy employment hours, thus reducing the student’s ability to take 15-hour semesters or to attend summer sessions
  • Health-related matters
  • Personal and family situations that necessitated support from the student
  • Course sequences for courses that are not offered every semester
  • Failure of a course required for graduation
  • Insufficient hours of “C” grades in the major core

Types of additional semester appeals that are typically denied:

  • For the sole purpose of completing a second major or minor; however students who receive permission to enroll in a ninth semester or beyond for other reasons may retain a second major or minor
  • To raise a grade point average
  • To take prerequisites for graduate or professional school
  • To take courses related to employment
  • To change major from BA to BS degree
  • To complete degree requirements on campus in a fall or spring semester when there are readily available alternatives via summer sessions or online courses