The Ivy Coach Daily

March 19, 2022

University of North Carolina Class of 2026 Admissions Statistics

It was a banner year for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (photo credit: Yeungb).

It was a record year in admissions for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the flagship public university of the state that claims to be the first in flight. In all, 57,198 students applied to the school that made a run all the way to the NCAA Final this year by defeating arch-rival Duke University in the Final Four under the leadership of first-year head coach Hubert Davis. As our loyal readers know all too well, if history is any guide, the school’s deep run in March Madness will likely lead to yet another spike in applications next year. In any case, back to the Class of 2026. The 57,198 applicants represented a 6.5% jump from last year. And, in fact, over the last 21 years, UNC Chapel Hill has set new application records a total of 18 times. So, by our arithmetic, around 86% of the time, UNC is setting new application records. Another year, another record.

As UNC’s undergraduate admissions office states in a press release about the Class of 2026 admissions cycle — not so surprisingly entitled “Carolina receives highest ever number of first-year applications” (elite colleges do love to brag about their soaring applications all as they claim to seek to make the process less stressful for all) — “The University expects to enroll a first-year class of around 4,400 students and an additional 800 transfer students.”

Congratulations to all of Ivy Coach’s students who earned admission to UNC’s Class of 2026. Go Tar Heels! In light of the school’s deep March Madness run coupled with the fact that the school has already announced it will remain test-optional through at least the fall of 2024, Ivy Coach’s crystal ball is ready to make a forecast. We predict a record application tally for the UNC Class of 2027 — for the 19th time in 22 years. You heard it here first!

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