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Carolina has offered admission to the fall 2011 entering class to 5,104 candidates who applied by the first of two admission deadlines. The admitted students were chosen from a record first-deadline pool of 14,018 – an increase of 7 percent over last year.

Carolina expects 3,990 new first-year students to enroll next August.

“The students we’ve admitted are terrific, and we’re honored by their interest in Carolina,” said Stephen Farmer, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions. “It was a privilege for us to get to know these students through their applications – to learn about their achievements and to dream about their potential. We think these students will do great things here at Carolina and far beyond. We look forward to welcoming them next fall.”

Admitted students have taken an average of eight college-level courses (either Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment) at their high schools. Eighty-seven percent of the students rank in the top 10 percent of their class, 50 percent rank in the top 10 and 10 percent rank first. The middle 50 percent of those admitted scored between 1240 and 1450 (critical reading and math combined) on the SAT Reasoning Test. Admitted students averaged 665 in critical reading, 679 in math and 663 in writing.

First-deadline admitted students hail from 97 N.C. counties, 45 U.S. states and 21 countries. Of those students who reported race or ethnicity, 30 percent identified themselves as American Indian, African American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or Hispanic. Fourteen percent will be the first generation of their family to graduate from college.

The first deadline for fall 2011 admission was Nov. 1 and the final deadline was Jan. 18. As of Jan. 21, a total of 23,473 applications had been received, surpassing last year’s total of 23,271. This marks the sixth consecutive record year for applications at UNC; during this period, applications to the first-year class have increased by 26 percent.