Orientation and Course Registration

When will I get information on orientation and registration?

Orientation is divided into two parts:

  1. Pre-orientation will be in mid-May. You’ll access it online via Sakai, the School’s learning management system. Through videos, readings, and presentations, you will learn more about classes, professors, and student organizations. You will be able to complete pre-orientation at your own pace from mid-May to mid-July.
  2. Orientation will begin with the Connections Cookout in early August. Asheville-based students will have an additional day of Orientation in Asheville. Detailed information about orientation will be provided during pre-orientation. Please see the Next Steps Timeline for more information. Attendance at the Connections Cookout and Orientation is mandatory.

Do I need to register myself for fall classes if I am already a student at UNC-Chapel Hill?

No, do not attempt to register for classes prior to pre-orientation. Information about registration will be provided during the event.

Campus and Academic Life

Where can I find information about campus security?

In accordance with the federal Campus Security Act (also known as the Clery Act), you can find a copy of the University’s annual campus security report here. The report contains information on crime and arrest statistics, crime reporting and emergency warning procedures, alcohol and drug policies, sexual assault response procedures, campus police authority and jurisdiction, building security, and educational programs on crime prevention and security.

To request a paper copy of the report, write to UNC-Chapel Hill Security Report, CB# 9150, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-9150.

For more information on the Campus Security Act please visit The Clery Center website.

UNC Asheville Public Safety Page

When can we buy our textbooks?

Textbooks arrive in the campus bookstore over the summer. If you want to buy your textbooks ahead of time, we recommend doing so during the 1-2 weeks before classes begin.

Where can I find more information about PharmD classes?

You can find an overview of the curriculum here. More detailed information about coursework is available here.


How can I obtain an enrollment verification or a certificate of education?

Please email Andrew Clapper, Curricular and Student Affairs Specialist, at andrew_clapper@unc.edu.

My housing/apartment complex requires proof that I am a current student at UNC. What should I do?

Please email Andrew Clapper, Curricular and Student Affairs Specialist, at andrew_clapper@unc.edu, and he can provide enrollment verification.

Are laptops required?

The environment at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is very collaborative. Students use laptops to take exams, work on group projects, and communicate with one another and their professors. Therefore, we encourage students to purchase a laptop. Students can purchase computers through the Carolina Computing Initiative or elsewhere. If purchasing a laptop presents a financial hardship for you, please contact Olivia directly at olivia_hammill@unc.edu or 919.962.0097.

Laptop Hardware Specifications

  • Processor: 2.3ghz or better, e.g. Intel Core-i5
  • Memory: 4 GB minimum
  • Hard Disk Drive: 250 GB minimum
  • Integrated webcam
  • Battery: 6 hours minimum
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Microsoft Windows 8 or 10
    • Mac: 10.10 onward
  • Software
    • Administrative level account permissions
      • Microsoft Office 2016/ Office 365 or newer
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • A functioning and up-to-date anti-virus program
  • Network Bandwidth (at home): At least 15 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload
  • Warranty: It is recommended that you have a warranty on your laptop. All hardware repairs must be performed at the place of purchase or where stipulated by warranty. Laptops purchased from UNC’s Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI) include a three-year warranty and on-campus hardware repair. Asheville students that purchase UNC CCI computers requiring hardware repair will have the option to use a certified Lenovo service center or have the computer shipped to Chapel Hill at no cost to them.

    There are certain tools and programs that will only run on a laptop. While the use of tablets may enhance the in-class learning experience by providing additional note-taking capabilities and mobile consumption of digital academic content, there are instances during the PharmD program where a laptop will be helpful.