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For immediate use

Aug. 15, 2003 -- No. 411


Final fall enrollment figures will not be available from the registrarís office until early September. Below are figures from fall 2002.

Estimated fall 2003 freshmen class breakdown

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

Estimated annual undergraduate expenses

For updates on tuition and fee schedules, click to

Housing update

The Alexander, Connor and Winston residence halls, closed for renovations last year, will re-open this fall, housing 445 students. The buildings, constructed in the 1930s and í40s, were upgraded to meet modern fire safety and accessibility standards. Selective painting was done inside. More modern furniture was installed, and in-room air conditioning controls were added.

As the department of housing and residential life continues to renovate older buildings, this year work will begin on the Alderman, Kenan and McIver halls along Raleigh Street. Those will be the only three of a total of 33 residence halls not in service this year. With the 30 in operation, 7,450 students can be housed.

Roads update

Beginning Monday (Aug. 18), the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the eastbound on- and off-ramps on Interstate 40 at N.C. 54 (Exit 273) because of an I-40 widening project. The ramps will remain closed for about 35 days. People planning to drive to and from UNC and the Friday Center via this interchange are encouraged to travel alternate routes. Suggested detours are:

For updates and a map of these routes, follow the "I-40 construction" link at

After this phase of construction, the I-40 project will cause other ramp closings affecting travel to UNC. The UNC Department of Public Safety will keep faculty, staff and students informed of these developments.

On campus, Stadium Drive, which runs from South Road near the Bell Tower to Ridge Road, will be one-way, north to south, through late 2004 because of construction. Cars will not be able to turn onto Stadium from Ridge Road, and traffic will be limited to those who park on Stadium. By next fall, Stadium should be two-way again.

Raleigh Street, which has been blocked in sections for much of the summer, is expected to re-open before classes begin if the project isnít held up by rain.

Academic calendar


Fall 2003

Spring 2004

Aug. 26, 2003

Classes Begin

Jan. 7, 2004

Sept. 1, 2003

Labor Day


Oct. 12, 2003

University Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 19, 2004

Oct.22, 2003 at 5 p.m.

Fall Break begins


Oct. 27, 2003 at 8 a.m.

Fall Break ends


Nov.26, 2003 at 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break begins


Dec. 1, 2003 at 8 a.m.

Thanksgiving Break ends



Spring Break begins

March 5, 2004 at 5 p.m.


Spring holiday

April 9, 2004

Dec. 8, 2003

Last day of classes

April 23, 2004

Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, 2003

Reading days

April 24 and April 28, 2004

Dec. 11-17, 2003

Final Exams

April 26 - May 4, 2004

Dec. 21, 2003


May 9, 2004

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