Admissions: First-Year Profile

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 2018. (Preliminary numbers are reported each August; these numbers were compiled after the start of the fall semester.)

  • 43,473 applied for admission (6 percent more than in 2017 and the 13th consecutive year in which applications have increased)

  • 9,524, or 22 percent, were admitted

  • 4,326 enrolled

  • 62 percent female, 38 percent male

  • 21 percent of those enrolling are first-generation college students, coming from families where a parent has not graduated from a four-year school

  • Admitted freshmen came from 97 N.C. counties, including 40 percent from rural N.C. counties; 43 states and the District of Columbia; and 38 other countries

  • 800 students entered Carolina as transfer students


Class Rank

SAT Scores


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%
Studied with other students 88%
Socialized with someone from another racial/ethnic group 84%
Asked a teacher for advice outside of class 76%
Attended a concert, museum or art exhibit 75%
Read books for leisure 69%
Used an online instructional website 69%
Played a sport 69%
Contributed to a cause I believe in 66%
Pursued an independent hobby 66%
Assumed daily family responsibilities 58%
Traveled outside my home country 55%
Participated in music, drama or other arts 50%
Held a paying job during the school year 50%
Held position as president of class or club 46%
Participated in religious or faith-based communities 46%
Participated in academic competitions 43%
Played video games 39%
Captained a varsity sport 34%
Participated in student government 33%
Conducted research outside the classroom 31%
Participated in academic or professional internship 28%
Earned all-conference or higher recognition as an athlete 22%
Participated in orchestra or band 19%
Contributed to school publication 18%
Founded an organization 16%
Achieved fluency in non-native language 15%
Earned first-chair in orchestra or band 11%
Studied abroad during high school 7%
Earned National Merit Semifinalist recognition 7%
Served as editor-in-chief of publication 6%
Worked on a local, state or national political campaign 6%
Named National Achievement Scholar 6%
Served as Student Body President 6%
Earned Eagle Scout or Gold Award 5%
Participated in Governor’s School 5%
Participated in Boys’ or Girls’ State 4%
Earned National Merit Finalist recognition 4%

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, with all recent reports also online at Complete editions of the Review can be found at