The Class of 2021

  • 40,926 applied for admission (14 percent more than last year and second-largest increase in 25 years)

  • 9,710, or 24 percent, were admitted

  • 4,373, or 45 percent, are expected to enroll

  • 61 percent female, 39 percent male

  • 17 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 come from 93 N.C. counties, including 35 percent from rural N.C. counties; 40 states and the District of Columbia; and 31 other countries

  • 785 students are entering Carolina as transfer students

Of those who reported their graduating class ranks:

  • 44 percent were in the top 10

  • 78 percent were in the top 10 percent

Source: Preliminary numbers as of mid-August, from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For more, see


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