For the thirteenth consecutive year, UNC has received a record number of first-year applicants for fall of 2018.

43,384 students applied, a six percent increase from last year. UNC offered admission to 5,125 in state students and 2,742 out-of-state students, and students were notified of their admission decisions on January 26.

Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at UNC said he was honored that so many wonderful students gave him the chance to get to know them through their applications.

“In reading these applications one by one, we never forget that each one represents an individual, a young person with strengths and challenges, hopes and dreams,” said Farmer. We hope they’re drawn to Carolina because they want to live and study alongside classmates who will change their lives for the better and whose lives they will change in return. We’re also sure that our ability to offer a world-class education at an affordable price made a difference to them and to their families.”

The University expects to enroll a first-year class of 4,205 and an additional 725 transfer students.

Currently the UNC admissions rate is 48 percent for North Carolinians and 18 percent for out-of-state students, though these numbers will change after the second and final round of admissions decisions are made in March.

UNC-Chapel Hill was recently named the best value in U.S. public higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and is one of the few public flagships to practice need-blind admissions and provide low-debt, full-need student aid.