UNC's Minority Enrollment Drops

Even as applications and acceptance letters go up.

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The University of North Carolina saw a drop in its minority enrollment this year, even as applications from and acceptance letters to minority students went up, the Daily Tar Heel reports. For the past two years, black enrollment has been declining: This year's freshman class will be 10.7 percent black, while it was 11.14 percent last year and 12.3 percent in 2006. Growth of Hispanic enrollment also slowed, after two years that saw increases of 20 percent or more.

Admissions officials blame the decrease on top schools like Yale and Harvard that have expanded their aid packages, making it increasingly difficult for UNC to compete financially.