UNC has seen a 6 percent increase in applications since last year, a number that's been rising since 2005. This increase is due to rising in-state applicants said Stephen Farmer, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions.
For the class of 2022, UNC received 43,384 applications, an increase of 2,466 applications from last year. This is the 13th year UNC has seen an increase in applications, according to the UNC admissions office.
But Farmer doesn't think the numbers will keep rising forever, though he said the school is benefiting from more people considering UNC as an option for college.
“I think we’re benefiting from students looking at more schools, but we’re also particularly benefiting from more students looking at this school and lately from more North Carolinians looking at this school," Farmer said. "I think that’s actually a great thing for UNC, and it’s a great thing for our state that so many great kids from North Carolina are thinking hard about their flagship university."
UNC is distinguishable from other schools in North Carolina because of the excellence in academics, Farmer said.