As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has dedicated over 228 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, backgrounds and perspectives among our student body.
Now, in 2022, Carolina is defending our holistic admissions process before the U.S. Supreme Court. As a federal trial court has found, our process is consistent with long-standing U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
The U.S. Supreme Court has consolidated a lawsuit filed against UNC-Chapel Hill with another lawsuit against Harvard University as it weighs the ability of universities to consider race as one factor among many in admissions decisions and the precedent that permits them to do so.
Students for Fair Admissions Inc., a private group, filed both lawsuits in 2014. A federal trial court ruled in UNC-Chapel Hill’s favor; federal trial and appeals courts sided with Harvard in its case.
Our holistic undergraduate admissions process evaluates each student in a deliberate and thoughtful way, following the letter and spirit of the law.
We do not use quotas or formulas to admit students, and we do not discriminate against any applicant or group. All our students earn their place at Carolina. We evaluate each student individually based on multiple factors, including academic performance, class rank, essays, experiences, and potential to contribute to the educational environment. We do not use race or ethnicity as a dominant or defining feature. We only consider that information if a student chooses to share that it. Even then, we consider race or ethnicity flexibly, as one factor among many, in assessing all we know about an applicant.