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As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has dedicated over 225 years to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people of North Carolina.

We prepare students to become the next generation of leaders and enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians. Students, faculty, and business leaders who hire hundreds of our graduates each year say the strength of a Carolina education lies in the diversity of experiences among our student body.

Now, a group from outside North Carolina dedicated to eliminating any consideration of race in U.S. college admissions threatens academic excellence at the University and challenges our educational mission to create a diverse community of talented students from varied backgrounds and different perspectives.

Our holistic, individualized, and comprehensive approach to undergraduate admissions is critical to achieving academic excellence and diversity, which are essential to serving our campus community and the state. Long-standing U.S. Supreme Court precedent permits Carolina and other universities to evaluate applicants considering race as one of many factors.

We evaluate each student individually based on a multitude of factors, including but not limited to, academic performance, test scores, class rank, essays, experiences, circumstances, and potential to contribute to the educational environment. We only consider race or ethnicity as one of these many factors if a student chooses to share that information. Even then, we consider race or ethnicity in a limited way, as one factor among many, in assessing everything we know about an applicant.

Carolina does not use quotas or formulas to admit students, and we do not discriminate against any applicant or group.