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Carolina receives highest ever number of first-year applications

57,198 students applied to join Carolina’s class of 2026. The University has seen record numbers of applications 18 times during the last 21 years. 

Students on campus.
Students walk through Polk Place on the first day of class on Aug. 18, 2021, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a record-setting number of first-year applications for admission this year. The 57,198 applications for fall 2022 reflect a 6.5% increase over applicants for fall 2021. Carolina has seen record numbers of applications 18 times during the last 21 years.

“We are grateful that so many talented and motivated students apply to Carolina each year,” said Rachelle Feldman, vice provost for enrollment. “It is an honor for our admissions team to read each of their applications and to see how students contribute to their families, schools, and communities. As they join the Carolina community, we know that together, they will make each other better than they ever could have been alone.”

First-year applicants who applied by Oct. 15 received their decisions on Jan. 27; first-year applicants who applied by Jan. 15 will receive their decisions by the end of March. While first-year application deadlines for fall 2022 have passed, the University accepts transfer applications from students currently enrolled at other institutions through Feb. 15.

The University expects to enroll a first-year class of around 4,400 students and an additional 800 transfer students.

Admitted students will be joining a world-class university that consistently ranks at the top of the list for best value in public higher education. This recognition reflects the University’s commitment to offering access to a high-quality, affordable education to well-qualified students from all backgrounds. The University spends more than $1 billion annually on research and development, continuing to rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research.

UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the few public flagships to both practice need-blind admissions and proudly meet 100% of the documented financial need of undergraduates who apply on time. Carolina meets more than two-thirds of that need with grants and scholarships and the average debt of graduating students is 32% below the national average. More than 10 percent of all Carolina undergraduates are Carolina Covenant Scholars. The Carolina Covenant enables students who demonstrate significant financial need to graduate debt-free through a combination of grants, scholarships and work-study jobs.