Applied, Admitted and Enrolled
The University welcomed 4,355 first-year students – its largest freshman class ever – as well as 709 transfer students as classes began in fall 2017. This first-year class also had the highest-ever number of North Carolina residents at the time of enrollment – 3,662 – representing an increase of 4.5 percent from the previous year.
Earlier in the year, a record 40,926 first-year applicants represented a 14 percent increase from a year earlier and set a record for total number of applicants for the 12th consecutive year.
The new first-year class includes 743 students who aspire to be the first in their families to graduate from college, an increase of 5 percent from last year’s entering class. The Carolina Covenant, which guarantees eligible low-income students the opportunity to graduate from Carolina debt-free, has welcomed 511 new first-year students and 214 transfer students.
This Class Profile details information provided by UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions about students who applied to Carolina, about those who were admitted and then those who enrolled. (Preliminary numbers are reported each August; these numbers were compiled after the start of the fall semester.)
The Carolina Alumni Review has reported on the issue of admissions each year since 1996; all of that coverage is available to GAA members in the magazine’s digital archive at alumni.unc.edu/admissions, with all recent reports also online at https://alumni.unc.edu/news_category/admissions. Complete editions of the Review can be found at alumni.unc.edu/CARarchive.