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UNC Chapel Hill Admit Rate Drops to 25.7%

By April 13, 2012

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to get more selective. This highly regarded public university accepted just 25.7% of all applicants for the Class of 2016. That's down from the 31.4% that were accepted last year. You can read more about this year's applicant pool in The Daily Tar Heel.

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Part of the increase in applications is likely due to the school's shift to The Common Application. It will be interesting to see if the change to the Common Application also affects yield. I'm guessing we'll see a lot of waitlist activity this year.

Keep in mind that North Carolina's admit rate doesn't tell the whole story. The numbers are remarkably different for in-state and out-of-state applicants. Nearly half of in-state applicants were admitted, but for out-of-state students, the numbers look more like the Ivy League: just 14% got in.

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August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(1) Jared says:

The reason for the lower admit rate is due to applications increased from 23k to 29k. The increase mainly came from out-of-state. UNC’s OOS tuition is still less than most northern colleges in-state rates. Given the economy many parents/students had to choose the lower cost route. But, the state’s law limits out-of-state admissions to 18%. UNC still accepted approx 6500 and enrolled about 4000 students for fall 2012 which is the same as 2011. While UNC was able to select from a larger pool, in this case, the lower % came about due to additional OOS applicants and state law.

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