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News Release

Kaplan/Newsweek guide calls Carolina ‘hottest for health careers’

A new national college guide ranked Carolina as the "hottest for health careers" among the nation’s leading public and private colleges and universities. Kaplan/Newsweek’s 2005 "How to Get Into College" Guide based that assessment on admissions trends and interviews across the country with admissions officers, students and others.

Carolina appeared on the guide’s list of "America’s 25 Hot Schools." Others ranged from Harvard to Yale to Michigan to Virginia. All were recognized in a variety of areas such as job programs, diversity and quality of life issues.

Guide editors said the applicant pool for each school on its "hottest" list had grown much stronger in recent years – not only in numbers of students applying, but also in test scores, grades and extracurricular accomplishments. And although all of those schools demonstrated continuing excellence, various qualities made many stand out in 2004.

The guide noted Carolina’s status as one of America’s top public universities and cited its wide array of major choices for students as among its attractions for prospective students.

"But what really draws future doctors, nurses and other health professionals are the opportunities to study at a campus with all health disciplines in one place," the guide’s story on Carolina said. "The School of Nursing and the School of Public Health both have undergraduate programs. At the School of Medicine, undergrads can earn degrees in radiologic science or clinical laboratory practice. With all these resources, it’s not surprising that biology, psychology and nursing are among the top majors. Linda Cronenwett, dean of the School of Nursing, says "a history of collaboration grew up that enhanced the work of all our disciplines."

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