UMO participates in NC Countdown to College


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 Tim Woodard, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications at the university.

As part of the NC Countdown to College, during the two-week period from Oct. 18-22, many private colleges 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 UMO students choose this week to submit their applications. 

“UMO typically receives anywhere from 25% to 33% of its applications for the year during this time,” Balsamello 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 from North Duplin High School attend UMO more than any other college.

“The University of Mount Olive has been very good to our students at North Duplin Jr/Sr High School,” said Lynne Smith, counselor at NDHS. “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 UMO through CFNC or through the university’s website at 

If a student attends a North Carolina public high school, CFNC’s application hub can also be used to send their electronic transcript to UMO 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.


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