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Back-to-School Fact Sheet

For immediate use

August 17, 2004 -- No. 382


Final fall enrollment figures will not be available from the registrarís office until early September. Below are projected estimates for the fall 2004 class.

Undergraduates: 16,100

Graduate: 7,800

Professional: 2,400

Total Students: 26,300

Estimated fall 2004 freshmen class breakdown

The following numbers, current as of Aug. 1, are estimates and will not be final until September:

Number applied: 19,057

Number admitted: 6,730; 35.3 percent

Number expected to enroll: 3,600; 53.5 percent of those admitted

The following numbers are current as of July and will not be final until September:

Percentage ranked 10th or higher in graduating class: 38.9 percent, of those reporting a rank

Percentage ranked first in graduating class: 5.7 percent, of those reporting a rank

Percentage ranked in top 10 percent of graduating class: 74.5 percent, of those reporting a rank

Percentage ranked in top 20 percent of graduating class: 92.7 percent, of those reporting a rank

Average SAT score: the middle 50 percent range is 1220-1390

Percentage with a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher: 80.5 percent, of those reporting a GPA

Percentage from North Carolina: 82 percent

Percentage from out of state: 18 percent

Percentage African-Americans: 11.2 percent

Percentage Asian-Americans: 7.7 percent

Percentage Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 0.2 percent

Percentage Hispanics: 3.7 percent

Percentage Native-Americans, Alaska Natives: 0.9 percent

Percentage Caucasian: 73.1 percent

Percentage other: 1.1 percent

Percentage not reported: 2.1 percent

Estimated annual undergraduate expenses

In-state tuition (12 or more hours per semester): $3,205

Out-of-state tuition (12 or more hours per semester): $16,303

Annual required fees: $1,239

Room (On-campus): $3,940 (double room with air conditioning) or $3,420 (double room without air conditioning)

Board (On-campus): $2,816

Estimated books and supplies: $900

For updates on tuition and fee schedules, click to

Housing update

The Alderman, Kenan and McIver residence halls along Raleigh Street, closed for renovations last year, will re-open this fall, housing 304 students. Built in the late 1930s, the halls were upgraded to meet modern fire safety and accessibility standards. Bathrooms were renovated; new windows and furniture, central air conditioning and new heating, plumbing and electrical systems were installed. Walls, floors and ceilings were refinished.

The UNC Department of Housing and Residential Life has taken Cobb Residence Hall out of service this year for similar improvements. Cobb will be the only one in a total of 33 residence halls not in service this year. Almost 7,400 undergraduates will live on campus this fall. Also, about 60 graduate and professional students will live in Odum Village apartments, as will some students with children. In all, 175 students will live in Odum Village.

A new student family housing community is under construction on Baity Hill, an area off Mason Farm Road that is named for the first owners. The community will consist of nine buildings housing 398 apartments. Five buildings will be in a circle around an existing house that will be renovated to become an office and community center. The other four buildings will be on the north side of Mason Farm Road. The first facilities should be complete next summer.

The student family housing community is part of UNCís commitment to housing students on campus. The campus master plan identified numerous sites for new housing on the main campus, and an aggressive effort to build new housing on several of those sites and to renovate the existing residence halls is well under way.

Roads update

Stadium Drive, which runs from South Road near the Bell Tower to Ridge Road, has returned to normal, two-way operations after running one way, north to south, for much of last year. Currently construction affects three roadways significantly, all on south campus.

In early August, the UNC Department of Public Safety requested permission to close one lane of Manning Drive, in front of Craige Residence Hall, on Aug. 13-15. Officials said the work might extend into the following week during the evenings.

Behind the Cardinal Parking Deck that fronts Manning, Mason Farm Road is closed indefinitely between West and Old East drives on weekends and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays.

Work on a major utility tunnel across south campus, which required a detour this summer at Mason Farm Road and Hibbard Drive, concluded recently, and Mason Farm reopened to traffic. The new phase of the work has closed Hibbard at Mason Farm. Signs and barricades warn motorists that Hibbard now dead-ends at Mason Farm Road.

Other construction will affect traffic at various campus locations throughout the year. The UNC Department of Public Safety provides up-to-date traffic and parking information on its Web site,, under "breaking news." Related link:

Academic calendar


Fall 2004


Spring 2005

Aug. 22



Aug. 23

Summer Reading Program meetings


Aug. 24

Classes begin for all students

Jan. 12

Sept. 6

Labor Day


Oct. 12

University Day: No classes 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 17

Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.

Fall break begins


Oct. 18 at 8 a.m.

Fall break ends


Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break begins


Nov. 29 at 8 a.m.

Thanksgiving Break ends



Spring Break begins

March 11 at 5 p.m.


Spring break ends

March 21 at 8 a.m.


Spring holiday

March 25

Dec. 6

Last day of classes

April 29

Dec. 7, Dec. 11

Reading days

April 30, May 5

Dec. 8 - 16

Final Exams

May 2 - 10

Dec. 19


May 15

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