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Aug. 15, 2001 -- No. 372


Final fall enrollment figures will not be available from the registrar’s office until early September.Below are figures from fall 2000:

Estimated fall 2001 freshmen class breakdown

(These numbers, current as of Aug. 14, are estimates and will not be final until September.)

This year’s freshman – now estimated to total between 3,600 and 3,650 students – will become the largest entering class in Carolina history, according to admissions officials. (Last fall, UNC enrolled 3,420 freshmen.) Some 82.4 percent of this year’s freshmen are from North Carolina, while 17.6% are from out of state. The class includes students from 46 U.S. states or territories as well as 18 foreign countries.

Twenty-three percent of the incoming freshmen took seven or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or equivalent courses, according to admissions officials. Fifty-two percent took five or more such classes, followed by 84 percent at three or more. Seventy-four percent of the class submitted at least one AP score, an increase of 3 percent over 2000. And 64 percent submitted at least one AP score of three or better, a 3 percent hike over the previous year.

Dr. Jerome Lucido, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions, says this will mark the third consecutive year in which the university has enrolled the best-prepared freshman class in campus history. Key trends include an average SAT score expected to rise five points higher than any previous class enrolled. The increase in minority students also is the second consecutive year for gains in those demographic areas.

"The quality and diversity of the class is a clear indicator that future students and their families increasingly recognize Carolina’s excellence," Lucido says. "This is most gratifying, of course, and it is our intent to provide our students with an experience that gives every reason for this trend to continue."

For more on admissions trends, Lucido is receptive to reporters’ questions. He can be reached at (919) 966-3623.

Undergraduate expenses*

* Final tuition rates have not yet been set and are pending action by the N.C. General Assembly as part of the state budget deliberations. Students have been billed at the rates shown above based on the last tuition increases approved by the UNC Board of Governors. Students will be rebilled later to reflect any additional increases resulting from legislative action. For updates on tuition and fee schedules, click to:

Academic calendar

Fall 2001
Spring 2002
Aug. 21, 2001
Classes Begin
Jan. 8, 2002
Sept. 3, 2001
Labor Day
Oct. 12, 2001
University Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Jan. 21, 2002
Oct.17, 2001 at 5 p.m.
Fall Break begins
Oct. 22, 2001 at 8 a.m.
Fall Break ends
Nov. 21, 2001 at 1 p.m.
Thanksgiving Break begins
Nov. 26, 2001 at 8 a.m.
Thanskgiving Break ends
Spring Break begins
March 29, 2002 at 5 p.m.
Spring Break ends
March 17, 2002 at 8 a.m.
Good Friday
April 18
Dec. 7, 2001 Classes end May 1, 2002
Dec. 8, 2001 and Dec. 13, 2001
Reading days
May 2, 2002 and
May 8, 2002
Dec. 10, 2001 - Dec. 17, 2001
Final Exams
May 3 - May 11, 2002
Dec. 20, 2001
May 19, 2002

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