UMO Participates in NC Countdown to College

UMO Participates in NC Countdown to College

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 19-23, many private college adjust their application fees by either accepting fee waivers from eligible students or waiving application fees. According to Associate 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.”

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

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