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Carolina Covenant

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Preparing for the Carolina experience: Orientation

At orientation, Carolina’s doors swing wide open. New Carolina Covenant Scholars step through to find people and programs that will help them make the most of their time at Carolina.

Actually, there is more than one orientation for Covenant Scholars.


First-year Covenant Scholars, like all other entering freshmen, are required to attend one of the sessions conducted during the summer for new students and their parents. At CTOPS (for Carolina Testing & Orientation Program Sessions), students get a glimpse of life at the University. Many campus offices present information to help new students prepare for fall enrollment.

A special session is presented at CTOPS just for Covenant Scholars and their parent(s) to be sure they understand what it means to be a Scholar. This session addresses the questions Scholars and their parents often have about financial aid, paying for University charges, and the special programs and opportunities available to Covenant Scholars. It also provides an opportunity for Scholars and parents to meet the staff who work most closely with Carolina Covenant Scholars.


Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend TSOP (Transfer Student Orientation Program). Sessions are held in June and again in August for those who could not attend the earlier orientation. In addition to programs for all transfer students, a special time is set aside for those who have been designated as Covenant Scholars. As in the CTOPS sessions, transferring Scholars have the opportunity to meet staff and learn more about being a Covenant Scholar.

As Covenant Scholars soon know, the whole Carolina campus is behind the Covenant. Their support shows in many ways. One of the first ways it is evident is that the Division of Student Affairs, which organizes the CTOPS and TSOP orientations, covers the CTOPS and TSOP fee and on-campus housing during orientation for each Covenant Scholar and one parent.


Covenant Scholars also are encouraged to participate in Carolina’s Week of Welcome (WOW). Students participating in WOW learn about the Carolina community and how to get started on a successful academic experience. They have opportunities to meet faculty, staff, current students and other new students.

A special session is held during WOW for Covenant Scholars. It addresses issues of special interest to Scholars and provides an opportunity to ask questions and meet other Scholars.