How Can I Help My Student Get Ready for the Fall?
We want your student to make the most of their Carolina experience. During Orientation, we will share a lot of information and resources with your student. We want to partner with you to make your student feel empowered to use these resources. Below is a comprehensive list of tools that your student can use. Please note that some of these resources are restricted to students only.
Sakai is UNC’s course management tool. Each first-year student will be added to the Class of 2024 page. The Sakai site will include information that will guide your student throughout the beginning of their UNC career. We will post information regarding registration, open classes, suggested courses for first-year students, and much more!
The New Student Guide is a handbook for getting started at Carolina published by New Student & Family Programs. This resource is a supplement to the information that your student will receive during Orientation. This guide has information about course selection, your student’s academic essentials, student involvement, and additional resources. This is a great place to start if you have any questions.
The Undergraduate Catalog is the university’s policy, procedures, and course catalog. If you want to work with your student to research majors, minors, courses, etc., this is a great tool to use! Your student will use this tool throughout their academic career. If they have questions about a major or minor, they can explore the requirements to see if the courses and academic path is best for them. If they want information about a course and to understand what general education requirements will be fulfilled, they can search for that information as well in the catalog.
On our incoming student page on our website, we have a list of common topics for students and a link to frequently asked questions.
We also have academic worksheets to help your student plan their academic path and see their remaining requirements. When your student arrives on campus in the fall, this worksheet will be filled out at each meeting with an Academic Advisor https://advising.unc.edu/plan/worksheets/.
(The academic worksheets posted here are not updated to reflect any course or requirement changes. Tar Heel Tracker is the official record of graduation requirements for students who entered UNC in the Fall of 2009 or later. Students who entered UNC prior to Fall 2009 should connect with an Advisor to discuss their remaining graduation requirements.)
Your student will work with an academic advisor during their orientation session. Additionally, we will provide registration support for the registration period. After your student registers, they will receive an email from an advisor giving feedback on their Fall schedule. Incoming first-year students can make an appointment with an advisor upon arrival at UNC this fall. While your student will have an assigned advisor in the fall, they will be able to see any advisor that fits their needs. In the meantime, we encourage your student to use all their resources. When your student arrives on campus in the fall, we will offer all-day advising drop-ins for the first few weeks and open appointments to all students in September.