Carolina offers admission to an additional 2,224 candidates

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Carolina offers admission to an additional 2,224 candidates      


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – April 7, 2016) – On Wednesday, March 30, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released decisions for 18,071 fall 2016 first-year candidates, offering admission to 2,224. Decisions included those for all regular-decision candidates as well as the 3,198 early-action candidates whose decisions were previously deferred.


The University expects to enroll 4,025 new students in the fall.


As of March 30, a total of 35,863 students (first and second deadline) have applied for first-year admission, setting the eleventh consecutive record of first-year applications at UNC-Chapel Hill and a 12 percent increase over last year.


Across both deadlines, admitted students come from 99 counties in North Carolina, 48 states and the District of Columbia, and 57 countries (including the U.S.). Fourteen percent will be following in the Carolina footsteps of one or more of their parents or stepparents; another 13 percent will be the first in their families to attend college.


Eighty-three percent of admitted students are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high-school class, and 62 percent are ranked in the top five percent. The middle half of the class scored between 1280 and 1500 on the Critical Reading and Math portion of the SAT and between 30 and 34 on the ACT.


“The students we’ve admitted include entrepreneurs, leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and more,” said Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions. “Between now and May 1—the first-year enrollment deadline—we will be doing our best to demonstrate to these students that, should they choose Carolina as their home for the next four years, we are committed to helping them thrive and excel.”


Carolina will host a number of events for admitted students on campus, including Explore Carolina, a daylong event for all admitted students on April 11 and again on April 22. It will also include additional events for special populations, such as Carolina Firsts for first-generation college students. Receptions are also being hosted in 12 cities across the state, from Asheville to Wilmington.


The first student to enroll, just 10 minutes after decisions were released, was Ann Marie Ingram of Statesville, N.C., a North Iredell High School senior who serves as the head drum major for her high school band, volunteers with a youth choir and created and leads a mentoring group for young women in her church. She plans to major in biology and eventually enter medical school.


“Choosing a college to attend is such a daunting task, and the best advice I received when trying to decide was from my uncle,“ said Ingram. “He told me that it is crucial that I choose a college that will not limit me and that I needed to pick a school where I could grow and learn as a student and as a person. Ultimately, I found that the opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill were unmatched, so the decision to enroll as soon as I received notification of my acceptance was made with confidence and excitement.”


“As we look forward to welcoming our admitted students to the incredible opportunities at Carolina, we want to continue to support the thousands of students we’ve disappointed,” said Farmer. “We want to remind them that we believe in them too, and we are here to help them whether they find their home at another college or university or make their way to Carolina as a transfer or graduate student in the future.”






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.


Office of Undergraduate Admissions contacts: Stephen Farmer or Ashley Memory, (919) 966-3621

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090,