A similar practice in the dramatic art and music departments has gone largely unnoticed.
Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, said UNC admits about 180 to 190 special admits — including students involved in drama, music and athletics — each year.
Farmer said there are no more than 48 special admits to the drama and music departments annually. Only 24 slots are allotted to each department. A maximum of 12 out-of-state applicants can be admitted.
In 2014, Farmer said 23 music students and 15 drama students were specially admitted into UNC.
Ashley Memory, senior assistant director of admissions, said UNC has been specially admitting both music and dramatic arts students for their aptitude in the arts since the early 1990s.
“(We) would not admit any student who is not capable of succeeding here,” Memory said. “Students must meet minimum course requirements, and their history in high school must demonstrate that they would be capable of succeeding here in Carolina.”
I n the early 1990s, UNC developed a Committee on Special Talent for students whose aptitude in arts and athletics may serve as a basis for admission. These special admits are referred to faculty within the drama, music and athletic departments to better ascertain their strengths and to decide whether to recommend them for admission.
“In a lot of ways, the term ‘special admissions’ is an unfortunate term,” Farmer said.