UNC system sees record enrollment despite pandemic

Students at UNCW in August 2020. (Photo: WWAY)

CHAPELL HILL, NC (AP) — Schools in the University of North Carolina system enrolled more students than ever before this fall.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that half of the campuses reported record-breaking numbers of students.

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It’s the system’s third year in a row for record-high enrollment. More than 242,000 students are at its universities. There was an overall increase of 1% for the total number of undergraduate and graduate students.

The news came at the system’s Board of Governors meeting on Thursday.

UNC System President Peter Hans said the enrollment numbers are remarkable given the coronavirus pandemic. Hans said he believes that schools re-opening with in-person classes and campus housing helped with the enrollment growth.