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Wednesday February 8th

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UNC uses 3 steps to stop admission scams

UNC doesn’t want to be like Harvard. In mid-May, an application hoax by a Harvard student was exposed, showing that even the most selective college undergraduate admissions officials can be scammed — and UNC admissions says that it works to avoid that.

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Facebook no factor in most UNC-system admissions

For several years now, high school seniors applying to universities haven’t just had to worry about perfecting their college essays and transcript, but also editing their Facebook profiles and security settings. Admission officers at some universities such as N.C. State University said they are using social networking sites to further evaluate prospective students.

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Ellen Porter, a freshman business major, leads a tour of the campus for prospective students. DTH/ Erica O’Brien

Admission tours to be revamped

It’s a college staple that many remember as the first time they fell in love with a campus. Now, UNC is revamping its own campus tour experience to attract more students of the top students.

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Program reaches out to Latino students

A federal program that awards funding to universities with exceptionally large Latino populations is creating an incentive for schools to reach out to potential Latino students. In order to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution and be eligible for the grants, 25 percent or more of a school’s population must be Latino.

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UNC lures homeschoolers

Then applying to colleges, freshman Lawson Kuehnert created a portfolio of the coursework he completed during his high school career as a home-schooled student. He had to take that extra step because college admissions officials questioned his readiness for the academic vigor of a college workload. But Kuehnert went through no additional measures when applying to UNC.

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DTH/Kristen Long

UNC considers halting use of paper applications

UNC is considering shredding the traditional paper application. At a meeting Tuesday, a group of faculty members and administrators who oversee admissions discussed ceasing the printing and distribution of the paper application, which could save the University about $60,000 a year.

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Schools waive fee to apply

To encourage first-generation and low-income high school seniors to apply to college, Gov. Bev Perdue has declared Nov. 16 to Nov. 20 “College Application Week.” Students with financial need will see lower application fees and extra assistance from college counselors. University administrators said they hope it will prompt a rise in applications and a more diverse applicant pool.

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UNC early applicants decrease

Fewer students applied to UNC by the Nov. 15 early action deadline than had applied to the University by this time last year, according to preliminary numbers from undergraduate admissions officials. UNC offered only two deadlines this year: the early action deadline, Nov. 15, and the regular deadline, Jan. 15. The binding early decision deadline of Oct. 15 was abolished with much fanfare last year and took effect for this fall’s applicant pool. Stephen Farmer, senior associate director of admissions, said 11,035 students applied early decision and early action to UNC last year.

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