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Admissions 2020

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 in fall 2019. (Preliminary numbers are reported each August; these numbers were compiled after the start of the fall semester.)

  • 44,859 applied for admission (3% more than in 2018 and the 14th consecutive year in which applications have increased
  • 9,611, or 21%, were admitted
  • 4,182 enrolled

Of those who enrolled:

  • 60.4% are female, 39.6% are male
  • 51% were born in North Carolina; 11% were born outside the U.S.
  • 85% have at least one parent who earned a 2- or 4-year degree
  • 47% have at least one parent who earned a graduate degree
  • 3% have no parent who earned a high school diploma
  • 36% are fluent in two or more languages; 15% speak a language other than English as their first language (4% Mandarin, 4% Spanish, 7% other)
  • 14% have three or more siblings; 10% are only children
  • 19% of those enrolling are first-generation college students, coming from families where a parent has not graduated from a four-year school
  • 37.5% are receiving need-based aid while 7.5% are receiving merit-based aid
  • 7% are affiliated with the military
  • Admitted freshmen came from 97 N.C. counties, including 40% from rural N.C. counties; 42 states and the District of Columbia and 59 other countries
  • 820 students entered Carolina as transfer students

Academics

Class Rank

SAT Scores

Geography

Geographic distribution is not necessarily tied to residency status or citizenship. The number of students who qualified for admission as in-state students differs from the number of admitted students who have North Carolina addresses as their primary residence, according to the admissions office. (For example: A student might live with one parent out of state while the other parent is a North Carolina resident and taxpayer.)

School and Community Activities

Participated in community service 90%
Made friends with someone who is different from me 89%
Studied with other students 86%
Asked a teacher for advice outside of class 75%
Attended a concert, museum, or art exhibit 74%
Extracurricular activities  – Used an online instructional website (e.g. Khan Academy, Coursera) 71%
Played a sport 71%
Read books for leisure 67%
Pursued an independent hobby 66%
Contributed to a cause I believe in 64%
Cared for a family pet 60%
Cooked for family or friends 60%
Traveled outside my home country 58%
Assumed daily family responsibilities (e.g. babysitting younger siblings, etc) 56%
Held a paying job during the school year 51%
Held position as President of Class or Club 49%
Participated in a recreational athletic event 47%
Participated in academic competitions 45%
Participated in religious or faith-based communities 42%
Played video games 38%
Captained a varsity sport 33%
Conducted research outside the classroom 32%
Participated in a non-violent march or demonstration 30%
Participated in student government 30%
Participated in academic or professional internship 29%
Earned all-conference or higher recognition as an athlete 23%
Participated in orchestra or band 20%
Achieved fluency in non-native language 17%
Participated in school or community-based theater 17%
Founded an organization 17%
Contributed to school publication 16%
Earned first-chair in orchestra or band 10%
Started a business or nonprofit 8%
Worked on a local, state, or national political campaign 7%
Studied abroad during high school 7%
Served as Student Body President 6%
Earned National Merit Semifinalist recognition 6%
Participated in Governor’s School 6%
Named National Achievement Scholar 6%
Served as Editor-in-Chief of publication 5%
Earned Eagle Scout or Gold Award 5%
Earned National Merit Finalist recognition 5%
Participated in Girls’ or Boys’ State 4%

Intended Major

Biology
17.40%
Undecided
15.50%
Business Administration
10.40%
Computer Science
4.90%
Political Science
4.50%
Chemistry
4.20%
Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering
4.10%
Psychology
3.90%
Neuroscience
3.20%
Nursing
3.00%
Economics
2.40%
Exercise and Sport Science
2.40%
Media and Journalism
1.90%
Mathematics
1.90%
Physics
1.60%
Pharmacy
1.50%
Environmental Sciences
1.30%
Global Studies
1.20%
English
1.10%
Communication Studies
1.10%

Career Interest

Physician
19.70%
Business executive
9.30%
Scientific researcher
6.80%
Lawyer
5.10%
Engineer
4.00%
Computer programmer
3.30%
Policymaker or government employee
2.90%
Dentist
2.80%
Nurse
2.70%
Writer or journalist
2.40%
Business owner
2.40%
Therapist (physical, occupational, speech)
2.00%
Pharmacist
1.80%
Clinical psychologist
1.40%
Foreign service worker
1.30%

The Carolina Alumni Review has reported on admissions regularly 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 alumni.unc.edu/news_category/admissions. Complete editions of the Review can be found at alumni.unc.edu/CARarchive.