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$5M Gift Gives Boost to UNC-CH Honors Program

Posted September 26, 2007 2:55 p.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2007 10:11 p.m. EDT

— A $5 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will increase the number of freshmen in its honors program and offer more classes, the university announced Wednesday.

The anonymous gift will increase the number of students invited to join the Carolina honors program by 30 percent, bringing the number to about 260 first-year students.

"This generous gift provides the means for more great faculty to offer students an especially rich experience through special seminars and undergraduate courses," said Chancellor James Moeser.

Five new professorships will also be created in the College of Arts and Sciences, allowing more classes.

Of the 3,800 students in the class of 2011, 200 were invited into the honors program. The gift will enable the program to serve a wider cross section of the general undergraduate population, the university said.