2015-05-16 / The Rock

PHS students tour UNC Chapel Hill

By Kayla Tillman and Cassidy Gillie

PHS journalism students pose in front of the old well, the heart of UNC -Chapel Hill’s campus, on their recent tour. PHS journalism students pose in front of the old well, the heart of UNC -Chapel Hill’s campus, on their recent tour. On April 20, 21 Person High School (PHS) students traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) to meet with admissions and tour the campus.

Admissions representative Joseph Petrizzi gave a brief history of UNC and an overview of the admissions process. Petrizzi shared facts, including UNC is the oldest public university in the country, having opened in 1795. He then spoke about the connectedness of the “Carolina Family,” which includes students, alumni, employees, Chapel Hill locals, and anyone who has a love for the university.

Petrizzi broke down UNC’s admission process into five steps: grade point average (GPA), test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and essays.

All of these items, collectively, help UNC admissions determine if students are a fit for the university.

Admissions officers are interested in an applicant’s overall high school GPA because it gives them a good idea of the student’s performance in high school; however, they place little emphasis on class rank, since the strength of competition between students and types of classes offered varies from school to school.

UNC admissions staff familiarize themselves with the courses offered at the high schools of the applicants and seeks to find out if applicants not only enrolled in as many as possible but were also successful.

They also review the applicants’ college entrance exam scores on the SAT or ACT, as well as any advanced placement (AP) test scores.

UNC seeks students who will be involved in campus life and active members of their community, so they are interested in the extracurricular activities students participated in prior to applying to college.

Strong academics, along with school club membership, leadership roles, sports, volunteer work, employment, or other such extracurriculars paint a picture of a student who will contribute much to the university for many years to come.

UNC requires applicants to submit a recommendation letter from a core subject teacher and respond to an essay prompt of the student’s choice.

Of the given prompts, students are encouraged to choose the one that will best allow them to express themselves. UNC is looking for unique essays.

One of the highlights of the trip was the chance for students to eat on campus at Lenoir Dining Hall.

Since most of the students on the trip were in the PHS journalism class, the group toured the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Associate Dean Chris Roush led the tour.

During the tour, PHS students observed UNC students preparing for live news broadcasts, drafting articles for campus newspapers, editing videos, and more.

PHS journalism student Katie Tuck said, “Touring UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication was a great experience for me."

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