Countdown to College

Countdown to College

October 11, 2021
Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

MOUNT OLIVE – Every October the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) hosts a “NC Countdown to College” event to help students focus on their college applications in an efficient way. This month-long event provides resources for students to better navigate the path to college including engaging with and assisting students in completing critical steps for college entry, increasing families’ financial awareness, and helping students apply for financial aid. “The University of Mount Olive is proud to partner with CFNC in this endeavor,” said Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications Tim Woodard.

As part of the NC Countdown to College, during the two-week period from October 18-22, many private college adjust their application fees by either accepting fee waivers from eligible students or waiving application fees. According to Director of Admissions Nicole Balsamello, many potential University of Mount Olive students choose this week to submit their applications. “UMO typically receives anywhere from 25% to 33% percent of its applications for the year during this time,” she said. “A lot of applicants are first-generation college students, and we understand completing the required paperwork may be daunting. That is why we are here to help.”

North Duplin High School Counselor Lynne Smith said, “The University of Mount Olive has been very good to our students at North Duplin Jr/Sr High School. Our students attend UMO more than any other college. We have a wonderful partnership, and Mr. Tim Woodard has become a great friend as we have worked together for many years to make sure our students have the opportunity to attend a local, high-quality, economical four year university that is only ten minutes from our high school.  We value our partnership and friendship with UMO! We are changing lives as we work together to help our students reach their career goals and dreams!”

Students can apply for free to the University of Mount Olive through CFNC, or through the University’s website at If a student attends a NC Public High School, CFNC’s application hub can also be used to send their electronic transcript to the University of Mount Olive for free. “We want to make the transition from high to college as smooth as possible, and that process starts with the application,” Balsamello said.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit

Pictured:  Noel Rangel (seated) is a senior at North Duplin High School.  He has been accepted at University of Mount Olive. He is interested in a career in the dental field. He and his family live in Calypso. Also seated is North Duplin High School Counselor Lynne Smith.  Looking on is University of Mount Olive Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications Tim Woodard.