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Promotion Requirements

  • From Grade 9 to Grade 10 - 6 credits are required
  • From Grade 10 to Grade 11 - 12 credits are required
  • From Grade 11 to Grade 12 - 20 credits are required


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University of North Carolina System Admission Requirements

While these are minimum requirements for the 16 UNC Public Universities, some campuses require a more competitive transcript for final admission.

Starting in the fall of 2013, students admitted to the UNC system must have a minimum of 2.5 high school grade point average and at least 800 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT. Read the UNC Minimum Course Requirements publication from CFNC for further information.

Private and Out-of-state Colleges

Private and out-of-state colleges may have different admission requirements. Students should consult their school counselors and college websites for further information.

College Admissions Options

  1. Early Action is an admissions procedure to notify students of early acceptance to a college. Students are not obligated to accept the college’s offer of admission.
  2. Early Decision is a plan under which candidates may submit credentials early to one college, usually by October 15 of the senior year. Applicants are notified of their status by December. As part of an early decision plan, students are required to sign a statement agreeing to accept the college’s offer of admission and must only apply to one school as Early Decision. Students must withdraw applications from other colleges if accepted under early decision.
  3. Regular Admission is the plan under which candidates submit credentials during November to February, depending on school deadlines. Check deadlines for each individual school.
  4. Rolling Admission is the plan under which candidates submit credentials at their convenience through a certain date, usually late in the year. They receive an offer of acceptance or denial within four to six weeks.
  5. Onsite Admission is an admissions option in which colleges visit students at the high school and make admissions determination during a scheduled appointment with the student.

College Admissions Keywords

  1. Offer of Conditional Acceptance is acceptance to a college, provided candidates maintain academic performance throughout the year. A college can withdraw its offer if grades fall significantly, or if a student is involved in an activity that results in disciplinary action by the school or law enforcement.
  2. Denial is a final decision by the college to not offer admission. Students who are denied can apply again after completing at least a semester of college coursework.
  3. Deferment is a delay of admissions decision until a later time. Many competitive schools will defer fall applications to the spring in order to receive additional grades and other information.
  4. Waitlisting occurs after the regular admissions process is complete. There is no guarantee a college will go to the waitlist, or where students rank on the waitlist. Students on a waitlist for one college should plan to attend another college and then reconsider if offered admission at a later time.

Reporting Discipline Issues to College

Many colleges and businesses are requesting information regarding a student's suspension history. If a student received an out-of-school suspension while in high school, it is his or her responsibility to report these incidents to the college or university he or she plans to attend if this question appears on the admissions application.

College Visits

Students and families are encouraged to visit colleges, with the knowledge that making up missed class assignments will be the student's responsibility. While on your college visit, ask for a form letter from the university, and bring that to OHS to excuse your absence. College visits are arranged by the student through communication with individual admissions offices. Some college representatives will visit OHS during the school year. We encourage students, especially seniors and juniors, to attend when those college reps are on campus.

Residency Determination Service

North Carolina partially subsidizes the cost of NC public college and university tuition for all students whose domicile, or permanent legal residence, is in North Carolina. Residency determination establishes if students should have in-state or out-of-state tuition. All students planning to apply to any NC public university or NC community college must complete Residency Determination prior to submitting an application. If you need help, your OHS counselor is happy to answer questions.



  • Promotion from Grade 11 to 12-20 credits are required
  • The PSAT is offered in October for juniors. This test date is a qualifying exam for National Merit Scholarship consideration.
  • All juniors take the ACT for free in March.

You are always welcome to come learn about the colleges and universities that give information sessions on the OHS campus. Pay attention to the underclassman newsletter or OHS Tweets for details.

Strategies for Junior Year

  • Preparin yourself for senior year google slide presentation.
  • Meet with your college/career counselor at least once.
  • Continue to take challenging courses.
  • Keep your grades up.
  • Join an academic club.
  • Consider signing up for the PSAT given in October.
  • Prepare for the ACT given to all junios in March.
  • Talk with your parents and school counselor about colleges that interest you.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask on campus visits.
  • Continue to visit colleges and talk with college students.
  • List, compare, and visit colleges.
  • Start or update an academic resume.
  • Consider putting together a portfolio that highlights your special skills and talents.
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities.
  • Volunteer for activities and clubs related to career interests.
  • Consider a part-time job, apprenticeship, internship, or job shadow opportunity in a profession that interests you.


Strategies for Sophmore Year

  • Continue to take challenging high school courses.
  • Meet with your school counselor and career counselor at least once a year.
  • Think about what kind of education/training different careers require.
  • Take the Pre-ACT test in October.
  • Start exploring colleges. Check out the many free college search websites:,,, etc.
  • Visit college campuses, and talk with college students.
  • Be ready with a list of questions to ask on your campus visit.
  • Begin financial planning discussions with family and your school counselor.
  • Consider your reasons for going to college and how they relate to your career interests.
  • Get involved in clubs, extracurriculars, sports, and community service. Build your resume and broaden your experience.


Strategies for Freshman Year

  • Find out how to make the most of high school.
  • Plan challenging high school courses.
  • Understand your transcript and your GPA.
  • Explore your options for life after high school. College? Career? Military?
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities; Build your resume and expand your life experience.
  • Attend summer camp at a college to experience a college-like atmosphere.
  • Research college costs, and think about how to finance your dreams.
  • Meet with your school counselor and career counselor at least once a year.


Advanced Placement and Career & College Promise