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Class Profile

The students who are joining us in Fall 2015 are dedicated to excellence, both inside and outside the classroom. They include award-winning researchers, artists, dancers, writers, community activists, and champion athletes. But they’re not distinguished just by their academic credentials. These students also demonstrated extraordinary creativity, perseverance, compassion, and humility. Meet some of them here and read more about the holistic review that we use to find them.

First-Year Students


31,953 applied
9,510 admitted (30% of all students applying; 52% of NC applicants; 19% of out-of-state applicants)
,076 enrolled (43% of all students admitted; 60% of NC admits; 21% of out-of-state admits)


1st in high-school class 8% (of those whose schools reported rank)
1st or 2nd in high-school class 14%
Top 10% of high-school class 77%

25th-75th percentiles * (Middle 50 percent)
—SAT Critical Reading 600-710
—SAT Math 620-720
—SAT Writing 590-700
—ACT Composite 28-33


U.S. citizens 95%
Permanent residents 2%
Non-resident aliens 3%

Female 59%
Male 41%

First-generation college 19%

Carolina Covenant Scholars 14%

States represented 44
NC counties represented 97
Countries represented 21 (including the United States)

Sons or daughters of UNC alumni 19%

One race or ethnicity only  87 %
Two or more races 9%
No race or ethnicity reported 4%

All reported races/ethnicities
Asian/Asian American 15%
Black/African American 9%
Caucasian/White 71%
Hispanic/Latino/Latina 7%
Native American 2%
Pacific Islander Less than 0.2%

Fun Facts
Number of twins: 28 sets
Greatest number of miles traveled by an enrolling student this year: 9,900 from Singapore
Closest distance: Less than a mile (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Most common first name for a female: Emily
Most common first name for a male: William
Most common birthday: December 29, 21 times; followed by November 29, December 20, January 21 and April 11.

Transfer Students

Each year we enroll about 800 transfer students into the College of Arts and Sciences. Transfer students bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences that enrich our community, and we welcome them into the full academic and extracurricular life of the University.

2,609 applied
1,155 admitted (44% of students applying)
771 enrolled

Academic Level
First year (Fewer than 30 transferrable hours) 146
Sophomore (30-59 transferrable hours) 318
Junior (60 or more transferrable hours) 307

First year transfers
Average college GPA: 3.72
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1200-1340
—ACT 25-31

Sophomore transfers
Average college GPA: 3.69
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1120-1320
—ACT 24-30

Junior transfers
Average college GPA: 3.61
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1010-1265
—ACT 21-28
(Junior transfer applicants are not required to submit test scores.)

First-generation college 31%
About 34% of the class transferred from a NC community college.
Top feeder schools include Wake Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, N.C. State University, Miami Dade College, Appalachian State University, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, Alamance Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, and UNC-Greensboro.

Sons and daughters of UNC Alumni 14%

Age 21 or below 77%
Age 22-30 20%
Over 30 years of age 3%

For More Information

Previous Entering Class Profiles

The current undergraduate population is 18,000 students. For more information on university demographics, please see the website for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and click on “Student Data.”

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