When will I hear back about applications? 

2018 decisions will be released on January 5. In addition, please visit our Applicant Timeline page for a general guideline or check our Home Page or social media for more specific dates.

How do I contact the Catalyst Conference Co-Chairs?

Please e-mail us at unccatalyst@gmail.com.

Where will students be dropped off and picked up at the Conference?

Students will be dropped off and picked up behind the UNC Campus Y, located near Memorial Hall, Gerrard Hall and South Building. The Y is just off of South Road and there will be staff assisting parents towards the right areas during drop off and pick up times.

Campus Y Address:

180A E. Cameron Avenue
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB #5115
Chapel Hill NC 27599-5115

Where will students be staying?

Students will have the opportunity to meet and get to know service-oriented college students through on-campus housing during the Conference. Small groups of students are paired with service scholars who live on campus at UNC.  These scholars have volunteered to house the students during the weekend of the conference.

When is check in on Friday?

Check begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday at the Campus Y. The campus map in your registration packet should include directions to the check-in location.

When is check out on Sunday?

Pick-up for the Catalyst conference will be between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Campus Y.

Is financial aid available for the $50 registration fee?

Yes! It is important to us that all students who are accepted to the conference are able to attend, so we will work with you to ensure financial aid is made available to you.   A separate financial aid application will be sent to you after acceptance decisions have been announced, so look for that information around mid-January. If you have any questions, email the co-directors at unccatalyst@gmail.com with the subject line Financial Aid.

What is the mailing address for the Catalyst Conference?

Attn: Catalyst Conference
180A E. Cameron Avenue
YMCA Building University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC 27599-5115

How much money will I need to bring?

Other than the registration fee (which covers housing, meals, a T-shirt, and informational materials), students should not have to spend any money at the conference.  If students intend to purchase UNC souvenirs during supervised free time on Saturday or want to purchase items, such as drinks or snacks, from vending machines, they should bring additional money.

What is open mic?

Open mic provides participants with the space to express yourself, your talents, whatever. Students are not obligated to participate in this event, but the floor will be open. If you want to participate, please bring any necessary props or instruments, but please note you will have to carry them with you for most of Saturday.

What do you mean by “banquet clothes”?

The banquet is a nice catered dinner, so we ask that you dress accordingly. For example, an appropriate outfit may include black or khaki dress pants with a collared, tucked-in shirt; a skirt and blouse; a dress; etc. Please browse the pictures from previous years to get some ideas. If you still have questions feel free to email the co-chairs to ask.

How much should I pack?

We encourage attendees to pack lightly. See below for more information:

Who do I contact to learn about donations or otherwise supporting the conference?

We love support! Please contact the co-chairs by emailing unccatalyst@gmail.com. Thanks!