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Class Profile

The students who are joining us in Fall 2016 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.  Read more about the holistic review that we use to find them.

First-Year Students


35,875 applied
9,386 admitted (26% of all students applying; 49% of NC applicants; 15% of out-of-state applicants)
4,228 enrolled (45% 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 13%
Top 10% of high-school class 78%

25th-75th percentiles * (Middle 50 percent)
—SAT Critical Reading 600-700
—SAT Math 610-720
—SAT Writing 580-690
—ACT Composite 28-33


U.S. citizens 96%
Permanent residents 2%
Non-resident aliens 2%

Female 60%
Male 40%

First-generation college 17%
Carolina Covenant Scholars 13%

States represented 42
NC counties represented 96
Countries represented 19 (including the United States)

Sons or daughters of UNC alumni 19%

One race or ethnicity only  86%
Two or more races 9%
No race or ethnicity reported 5%

All reported races/ethnicities
Asian/Asian American 14%
Black/African American 11%
Caucasian/White 71%
Hispanic/Latino/Latina 7%
Native American 2%
Pacific Islander 0.1%

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.

2,880 applied
1,128 admitted (39% of students applying)
725 enrolled

Academic Level
First year (Fewer than 30 transferrable hours) 141
Sophomore (30-59 transferrable hours) 321
Junior (60 or more transferrable hours) 263

First year transfers
Average college GPA: 3.57
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1180-1370
—ACT 27-30

Sophomore transfers
Average college GPA: 3.68
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1080-1310
—ACT 25-30

Junior transfers
Average college GPA: 3.66
25th-75th percentiles
—SAT (Critical Reading + Math) 1005-1215
—ACT 21-28
(Junior transfer applicants are not required to submit test scores.)

First-generation college 29%
Carolina Covenant Scholars 18%
About 34% of the class transferred from a NC community college.
Top feeder schools include Durham Technical Community College, N.C. State University, Wake Technical Community College, UNC-Charlotte, Appalachian State University, UNC-Wilmington, Miami Dade College, Alamance Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and UNC-Greensboro.

Sons and daughters of UNC Alumni 12%

Age 21 or below 79%
Age 22-30 18%
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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