UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Assured Admission Program

Undergraduate Assured Admission Program (AAP)

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School offers the undergraduate business major and minor at the university. Students typically apply to these professional school programs after their first year at UNC or during their first semester in residence as a transfer student. The admission process is rigorous and selective.

In partnership with UNC Undergraduate Admissions, UNC Kenan-Flagler developed the Assured Admission Program to be among the various offerings of the Excel @ Carolina Program. UNC Kenan-Flagler selects a small group of first-year students for assured admission to the undergraduate business major (or minor). These high-achieving students are identified through a comprehensive evaluation of their undergraduate application to the university. There is no supplemental application for the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Assured Admission Program. Students are chosen on the basis of their merits, as demonstrated in their UNC Undergraduate Admissions application. 

Students selected for the AAP are not required to declare Business on their general application to UNC. Should their academic interests change, there is no obligation to pursue a business degree.  After their first year at UNC, AAP students decide if they would like to be a business major or minor.

Qualifications for the Assured Admission Program

  • Exemplary high school academic record
  • Significant extracurricular involvement
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Excellent communication skills

Assured Admission Program Benefits

  • Active engagement with UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty, staff, alumni and current students
  • Networking with other high ability pre-business students
  • Leadership development training
  • Two specially designed AAP-only first-year courses for all to learn more about leadership and career development
  • Opportunities to explore global business through study abroad 
  • Invitation to business school special events
  • Assured admission to the UNC Kenan-Flagler Undergraduate Business program (upon successful completion of all prerequisites and minimum GPA of 3.25)


Students chosen for Excel @ Carolina will be notified of their selection during or shortly after UNC admissions decisions are communicated.  In addition to notifying the Undergraduate Admissions Office of their intention to enroll at UNC, students invited to participate in the AAP will be required to respond to the Kenan-Flagler invitation by the deadline specified to accept their place in the program.


Students participating in the AAP are required to maintain a normal course load each semester and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25. They are expected to successfully complete all prerequisite courses by the end of their second year. Students are expected to participate in two AAP courses offered their first year at Carolina (fall semester BUSI 188: Foundations of Leadership and spring semester BUSI 189: Introduction to Careers in Business), as well as participate in several networking and teamwork events their second year. 

We expect students to take on leadership roles at the business school to further demonstrate their ability to inspire others and have an impact. AAP students are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities offered through UNC Kenan-Flagler, but not limited to global programs, case competitions, career and professional development events, ambassador program and student government.


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