It's been a rough past couple of weeks for the University of North Carolina. After a fantastic 2009 in which the men's basketball and women's soccer teams both won national championships, the men's baseball team was ranked #1 in the country for pretty much the entire season, the football team spent much of the year in the top 25, the men's soccer team played in the national championship game, two UNC seniors were selected as Rhodes Scholars, the university received endless awards for scholarship, beauty, service and leadership, the last week of 2009 and the first week of 2k10 has not been very fun for the Tar Heel nation.
Kiplinger’s said Carolina retained its top ranking “in part for its ability to attract and keep highflying students. Three-fourths or more of its incoming freshmen scored higher than 600 on both the verbal and math portions of the SATs, and almost all – 96.5% – stay on after freshman year.”
The story described Carolina as “an academic superstar that competes with the Ivies” and had held fast to its commitment to providing students with both need- and merit-based financial aid.
“Besides boasting top students, an outstanding faculty and a historic campus, Chapel Hill enjoys one big advantage over many other public schools: strong state support for financial aid,” Kiplinger’s reported.