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High School Students

Who is a High School Student?

Who Can Apply

By policy set by the Summer School Administrative Board, only honor roll students who have completed their junior year of high school may apply to Summer School as visiting students. By policy set by the Summer School Administrative Board, international high school students cannot be considered for admission.

What is Needed

In addition to completing the online application, the following are required for high school students:

  1. An up-to-date transcript,
  2. A personal statement to the Dean of Summer School stating the purpose for taking the specific course(s) that you identify by number and name, the reason for taking the course(s) at UNC-Chapel Hill rather than elsewhere, and the future expectation for enhanced educational opportunity that would result,
  3. A letter of recommendation from the most appropriate teacher or principal, headmaster, or counselor confirming your preparation and ability to take this particular course(s), and
  4. A statement that you will be living with parents or legal guardians while you are attending Summer School (rising high school seniors over 16 years of age are exempt from this requirement).


Attending Summer School at UNC-Chapel Hill might not affect your chances for admission at the college of your choice, but you will experience college life firsthand and be exposed to the level of performance and competition expected in college courses. Be aware that UNC-Chapel Hill offers no courses specifically for high school students. The grades and credit hours that you earn are recorded on a UNC-Chapel Hill transcript and become part of your permanent UNC-Chapel Hill record.


High school students who are admitted and enrolled in a course will receive course credit and create a UNC-Chapel Hill transcript. All course work carries degree credit and becomes a permanent record at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students who do not earn at least a C in a course are in jeopardy of being ineligible to return as a visiting or nondegree-seeking students at UNC-Chapel Hill. UNC-Chapel Hill requires that even nondegree-seeking students maintain an acceptable GPA to continue to enroll. The information about eligibility can be found at the bottom of the page at

College Campus and Safety

High school students who enroll in and attend Summer School courses will be on a college campus where they will interact with many other individuals as part of coursework and related activities. Part of those interactions will be in class, labs or other situations. As part of coming to a large university, high school students (and perhaps their parents) should have conversations about keeping safe while on campus. Information to promote those conversations can be found at Students should always discuss any issues with parents/guardians and/or the Dean of Summer School. If an incident does occur, go to for reporting options.

Course Load

The maximum course load allowed for high school students cannot exceed more than 4 credit hours in Maymester/First Session or more than 4 credit hours in Second Session.


Auditing of courses is permitted only in lecture-based courses and never in courses that include laboratories or performances. Auditing is not permitted in courses that focus on the development of written or oral communication skills or that rely heavily on class participation, such as language classes. Auditing is not permitted in independent studies courses, internships, special topics, directed readings, or similar courses. Auditing is not permitted in classes that are offered primarily as online classes. For information on the process for auditing, go to

Registering for classes

High school students must submit their proposed course(s) to the Academic Director in Summer School for approval and for registration. They are not permitted to enroll themselves in summer courses. If they need to cancel, withdraw from or drop a course, they must contact the Academic Director in Summer School.

How to Apply as a Summer Visitor

The 2020 summer visitor online application opens in early February
*Please allow at least 3-5 business days to process your application.*


Creating an Account

All students must create an account under First Time users to start a new application. You will receive an email to activate your account with a temporary password/PIN. Then you will need to create your own password. Start a new application and Select “Summer School Visitor” (not to continue into fall) as the level of study.

Be sure to provide a VALID email address. Decision notifications along with important deadlines begin in March and are sent to your application status page.

Visiting student applicants should be qualified to compete with highly selective students at the college level as evidenced by a degree already obtained, recent university studies, or current good standing in a degree program at another college or university.

To be considered, undergraduate applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA at their current college or university. Admission as a visiting student terminates at the end of Second Session. If you later become a regular UNC-Chapel Hill student, be aware that grades and credit hours received as a UNC-Chapel Hill summer visitor are included on your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript.


If you claim to be a resident in North Carolina for tuition purposes, you must complete the residency process with the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) at Specific instructions will be located in the application when you get to “Do you claim to be a North Carolina Resident?

You will not be able to submit your application until you complete this process.

The RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you will need enter in the box when you return to the application.

The residency application deadlines for 2020
Maymester/First Session – 5/20
Second Session – 6/29

Deadlines for Summer Visitor Applications 2020

First Session

March 1 International
May 4 Rising high school seniors
May 6 All other summer visitors

Second Session

March 1 International
June 12 Rising high school seniors
June 15 All other summer visitors

How to Apply

Applications for Summer Visiting High School Students are available.

Apply now