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Class Profile

The students who are joining us in Fall 2018 are dedicated to excellence, both inside and outside the classroom. They’re distinguished not only by their academic credentials, but also by their extraordinary creativity, perseverance, compassion, and humility. Read more about the holistic review that we use to find them.

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First-Year Students


43,473 applied
9,524 admitted (21.9% of all students applying; 41% of NC applicants; 13% of out-of-state applicants)
4,326 enrolled (45% of all students admitted; 61% of NC admits; 22% 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 78%

25th-75th percentiles * (Middle 50 percent)
—ACT Composite 29-33 (when ACT is highest or only score reported)
—SAT Total 1280-1470 (when SAT is highest or only score reported)
—SAT Total 1320-1500 (highest reported for all students, ACT converted to SAT scale)


U.S. citizens 93%
Permanent residents 2%
Non-resident aliens 5%

Female 62%
Male 38%

First-generation college 20%
Carolina Covenant Scholars 12%

States represented 43
NC counties represented 97
Countries represented 40 (including the United States)

Sons or daughters of UNC alumni 18%

One race or ethnicity only  84%
Two or more races 11%
No race or ethnicity reported 5%

All reported races/ethnicities
Asian/Asian American 18%
Black/African American 11%
Caucasian/White 66%
Hispanic/Latino/Latina 9%
Native American 3%
Pacific Islander 0.3%

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.

3,276 applied
1,128 admitted (34% of students applying)
708 enrolled

Academic Level
First year (Fewer than 30 transferable hours) 91
Sophomore (30-59 transferable hours) 285
Junior (60 or more transferable hours) 332

First-generation college 32%
Carolina Covenant Scholars 23%
44% of the class transferred from a NC community college.
Top feeder schools include: Wake Technical Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, N.C. State University, UNC-Charlotte, Miami Dade College, College, Cape Fear Community College, Appalachian State University, UNC-Greensboro, and Alamance Community College.

Sons and daughters of UNC Alumni 11%

Age 21 or below 78%
Age 22-30 18%
Over 30 years of age 4%

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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.”

Students enjoying lunch together on UNC campus
Cow Parade