UNC offers admission to 5,393 students

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 06:25 PM

UNC has offered fall admission to 5,393 students who applied before the university’s first of two admission deadlines.

The students were chosen from a record first-deadline applicant pool of 15,169 students, a 15 percent increase over last year’s first-deadline applicant pool.

 “The students we admitted are exceptionally smart, talented and accomplished,” Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, said in a statement. “We considered them one by one, and they impressed us as true individuals.”

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.

Farmer added that each student offered admission has 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,” Farmer said.

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.

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. Applications to the first-year class have increased by 64 percent during this period.