CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Even with the state of the economy making many families think twice about the cost of college, a record number of students are trying to get into America's first public university.
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill reports that it has offered admission to nearly 7,600 students, from a pool of nearly 29,500 applicants. That's an increase of 24 percent over last year, and the largest number of applicants in the school's history.
The university expects that just under 4,000 students will ultimately enroll at Chapel Hill this fall, with more than 3,200 coming from North Carolina and about 700 from elsewhere.
Applications from both North Carolina residents and out-of-state students increased this year, with more than 19,000 applications coming from another state or country.