|From 15 percent larger pool, Carolina offers admission to 5,393 in first round|
|Tuesday, January 29, 2013|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered admission to Carolina’s fall 2013 entering class to 5,393 candidates who applied by the first of two admission deadlines. The admitted students were chosen from a record first-deadline pool of 15,169 – an increase of 15 percent over last year.
Decisions for second-deadline applicants will be released by the end of March. The University expects 3,960 new first-year students to enroll next August.
“The students we admitted are exceptionally smart, talented and accomplished,” said Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions. “We considered them one by one, and they impressed us as true individuals. Each of them is a remarkable young person with a unique combination of strengths and achievements, hopes and dreams. What they have in common, we believe, is their commitment to make the most of their opportunities here at Carolina and far beyond, as well as their commitment to make the world a better place.”
Examples of public service reported by admitted students include:
“Students are more than their test scores and grades, and we don’t admit or deny anyone on the basis of a single number,” said Farmer. “At the same time, we’re impressed and delighted by the academic strengths of the students we’ve admitted. From this day forward until our enrollment deadline of May 1, we’ll be helping them understand just how Carolina can help them meet the high standards they set for themselves.”
All admitted students will receive invitations to Explore Carolina, a special event that is designed to help undecided students decide whether Carolina is the best fit for them by providing them their choice of more than 50 sessions, from academics to student life panels.
Admitted students who already plan to enroll at Carolina may choose to attend Carolina Bound, where they can connect with other members of the entering class of 2017. Additionally, select groups of admitted students will be invited to events designed just for first-generation college and under-represented students. All events are partnerships with multiple campus offices.
First-deadline admitted students hail from 92 North Carolina counties, 47 U.S. states and 25 countries. Of those students who reported race or ethnicity, 17 percent identified themselves as American Indian, African American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or Hispanic. A total of 30 percent identified themselves as students of color. Fourteen percent will be the first generation of their family to graduate from college.
Farmer stressed that the candidates who were not admitted also were strong students and thanked them for their interest in UNC.
“Our decisions aren’t easy to make. Our hearts ache for the thousands of students we’ve disappointed, most of whom are capable of succeeding here. We are honored by their interest in UNC and confident they’ll find colleges where they’ll thrive. If we may help them in any way as they complete their college search, we will be honored to try.”
A total of 30,689 applications were received in all, surpassing last year’s total of 29,497. This marks the eighth consecutive record year for applications at UNC; during this period, applications to the first-year class have increased by 64 percent.
Office of Undergraduate Admission contacts: Stephen Farmer or Ashley Memory, (919) 843-2531