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For immediate use Aug. 12, 1999 – No. 480


Fall 1998 enrollment

Final fall enrollment figures will not be available until early September. Generally, officials in the registrar’s office say they expect totals similar to those from last year.

Estimated fall 1999 freshmen class breakdown

(These numbers will not be final until September.)

Admissions trend notes

Admissions officials are calling this year’s freshmen the best-prepared class academically in the university’s history. Several key indicators are on the rise, including the average combined SAT score, which ranks as the highest ever among Carolina freshmen classes. Officials also cite as significant the increased interest among applicants in taking either Advanced Placement or more difficult courses in high school.

Factors contributing to the academic improvements among this year’s entering class include the undergraduate admissions office’s efforts to include Carolina faculty in the recruitment process through special phon-a-thons, streamline and improve its recruiting practices, strengthen the campus visitation program, reach out more strongly to high school guidance counselors and beef up its World Wide Web-based information available to prospective students and parents.

For more on what's new in admissions as well as the trends, call Jerry Lucido, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions, at 919-966-3623. Lucido is out of town until Aug. 19, but in his absence, Associate Director Barbara Polk will be happy to respond to questions. She can be reached at 919-966-3989.

Carolina’s most popular majors in 1998 were biology, psychology and business administration.

Undergraduate expenses

Academic calendar

Fall 1999   Spring 2000
Aug. 18 Classes Begin Jan. 12
Sept. 6 Labor Day Holiday  
  Martin Luther King Day Jan. 17
Oct. 12 University Day  
5 p.m. Oct. 13 - 17 Fall/spring break 5 p.m. March 10-19
1 p.m. Nov. 24-28 Thanksgiving  
  Good Friday April 21
Dec. 7 Classes end May 4
Dec. 8-9 Reading Days May 5
Dec. 10-16 Final exams May 6-13
Dec. 18 Commencement May 21

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Contacts: News Services staff, 919-962-2091