UNC-Chapel Hill announces 11th consecutive record for first-year applications

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UNC-Chapel Hill announces 11th consecutive record for first-year applications


Admissions office reports 12 percent increase over last year


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 28, 2016) – With the close of the final deadline for Fall 2016 admission, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces an 11th consecutive record for first-year applications – an increase of 12 percent over last year and the second largest increase within the last 25 years.


As of Jan. 25, Carolina’s 35,748 first-year applicants come from all 100 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 124 countries outside the United States. At least 11,307 of the applicants are North Carolina residents, which is an increase of 10 percent over last year. Applications from global students total 3,778 and reflect an increase of 19 percent over last year.


“We continue to be grateful that so many terrific students are considering us for the next step in their academic journeys,” said Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. “Their interest in Carolina reinforces our commitment to treating each applicant with the greatest of care and respect.”


Applicants from low-income households, as indicated by their qualification for an application fee waiver, rose from 3,488 to 4,409, an increase of 26 percent. The fee-waiver guidelines roughly parallel the thresholds for the Carolina Covenant, the University’s groundbreaking program that promises a debt-free education to all eligible admitted students who apply for aid on time.


For the past two years, Covenant Scholars comprised 13 percent of the enrolling class. The University also received 5,764 applications from first-generation-college students, which is an increase of 15 percent over last year.


Students who applied in October will receive their decisions by the end of January. Students who applied in January will receive their decisions by the end of March.


The University expects to enroll a first-year class of 4,100.





About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


Admissions contacts: Stephen Farmer sfarmer@admissions.unc.edu or Ashley Memory, (919) 966- 3621, amemory@admissions.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu.