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Carolina Offers Admission to 28 Percent of Most-Ever Applicants

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has offered admission to 2,655 students after its second deadline, bringing the total offers to more than 8,600.

The University received a total of 31,321 freshman applications this year — a ninth consecutive record, an increase of 2 percent from last year and an increase of 35 percent compared with five years ago. Twenty-eight percent of all first-year candidates have been offered admission — 52 percent of those from North Carolina and 17 percent of all others.

Across both deadlines, 83 percent of admitted students are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and nearly half are ranked as top 10 students. The middle half of the class scored between 1270 and 1500 on the Critical Reading and Math portion of the SAT and between 29 and 34 on the ACT.

“As impressive as these numbers might be, they don’t tell the full story of these students,” said Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admission. “Our class will include inventors, entrepreneurs, veterans, leaders, athletes, artists and community servants. These students have traveled different paths to Carolina. They come from 96 North Carolina counties, 49 states and the District of Columbia, and 55 different countries. Some come to us from the strongest high schools in the country and some from schools that are struggling.”

Roughly 14 percent will be following in the Carolina footsteps of one or more parents, while another 14 percent will be the first in their families to attend college. More than 19 percent identify themselves as African-American, American Indian, or Latino or Latina.

The University expects 3,990 freshmen to enroll in August.


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