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With the close of the final deadline for first-year admission for Fall 2015, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced on Monday a 10th consecutive record for first-year applications — an increase of 2 percent over last year and 37 percent over five years ago.

As of Jan. 20, the 31,848 first-year applicants came from 99 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 113 countries outside the United States.

“We’re grateful that interest in Carolina remains so strong, and it is a joy and an honor to read every single application,” said Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions. “Each application represents a human being, a young person with a unique combination of strengths and challenges, hopes and dreams. We do our best to consider all applicants carefully and to treat them with respect. No applicant deserves anything less from us.”

Applications from students from families with low household incomes, as indicated by their qualification for a waiver of our application fee, rose from 3,505 to 3,563, an increase of 2 percent. The fee-waiver guidelines roughly parallel the thresholds for the Carolina Covenant, the University’s ground-breaking program that promises a debt-free education to all eligible admitted students who apply for aid on time. For the past two years, Covenant Scholars comprised thirteen percent of the enrolling class.

Students who applied in October will receive their decisions by the end of January. Students who applied in January will receive their decisions by the end of March.

The University expects to enroll a first-year class of 4,000.

Published January 21, 2015.