Friday, September 24, 2010

Our Newest Students

We offer the following statistics as a way of helping prospective students know the quality and diversity of the friends they'd find if they joined us.

As impressive as these statistics are, they can't begin to describe the true potential of the students who most recently entered Carolina -- or their character, or their heart.

They can't convey the obstacles that many of our students have overcome, or the distance they've traveled, whether real or metaphorical, in order to find their home in Chapel Hill.

They can't describe the capacity of our students for friendship -- their willingness to reach out to one another, find common cause, and work together for the good of all. They can't describe their determination to change the world.

Nor can these statistics convey how we chose these students, because we know full well that students are people, too, and that people are more than the sums of their numbers.

Still, we think this profile says something about the collective strengths of the students who've chosen Carolina -- and why we're delighted that they did.

If we may help you in any way as you search for a school that's right for you, please don't hesitate to let us know.


Applied 23,271
Admitted 7,540 (32% of those applying; 50% of NC applicants, 20% of others)
Enrolled 3,960 (53% of those admitted; 67% of NC admits, 29% of others)



1st in high-school class 7.0% (of the 81% whose schools reported rank)
2nd in high-school class 5.0%
1st-10th in high-school class 42.0%
Top 10% of high-school class 78.2%
Top 20% of high-school class 92.0%

Average high-school GPA 4.47 (of the 91% whose schools reported 4.0 GPAs)
High-school GPA of 4.0+ 89.0%

25th-75th percentiles
—SAT Critical Reading 590-700
—SAT Math 610-710
—SAT Writing 590-690
—ACT Composite 27-31


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

Female 60%
Male 40%

First-generation college 18%

Carolina Covenant Scholars 12%

States represented 40 (excluding North Carolina and the District of Columbia)
NC counties represented 93
Countries represented 24 (excluding the United States)

Sons or daughters of UNC alumni 18%

One race or ethnicity only 91%
Two or more races 7%
No race or ethnicity reported 2%

Of those reporting one race or ethnicity only
Native American 1%
Asian/Asian American 10%
Black/African American 10%
Hispanic/Latino/Latina 3%
Pacific Islander Less than 1%

Or those reporting one or more races or ethnicities
Native American 1%
Asian/Asian American 11%
Black/African American 10%
Hispanic/Latino/Latina 7%
Pacific Islander Less than 1%