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North Carolina Central University Admission Requirements

Durham, North Carolina

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Your chances of getting into North Carolina Central University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

84.4%
Admission Difficulty for North Carolina Central University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at North Carolina Central University is 84.4%.  Its admission rate is the 46th lowest in North Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into North Carolina Central University and can you get accepted?

North Carolina Central University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,107 out of the 8,423 who applied were admitted.

North Carolina Central University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.27. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into North Carolina Central University?

84% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to North Carolina Central University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.27 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 970 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

North Carolina Central University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.27

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into North Carolina Central University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into North Carolina Central University are to have around a 3.27 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.27 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as North Carolina Central University accepts 84% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at North Carolina Central University is 3.27 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #31 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since North Carolina Central University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted North Carolina Central University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 13.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 20.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 27.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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North Carolina Central University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to North Carolina Central University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 1% of students submitted SAT scores and 2% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

810-1130

Applicants Submitting SAT 

1%
SAT Scores for North Carolina Central University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 400
Math 25th Percentile 410
Composite 25th Percentile 810
SAT Scores for North Carolina Central University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 540
Composite 75th Percentile 1130
Average SAT Score 970

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to North Carolina Central University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at North Carolina Central University is 970 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 810-1130. Students who get into North Carolina Central University score in the top 89 percent of all SAT test takers..  North Carolina Central University ranks #41 in the state of North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 970 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. North Carolina Central University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 810 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 810, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 650, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

North Carolina Central University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 970 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 970, you have around a 84% chance of being admitted. A 1130 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 91% chance of getting in.

North Carolina Central University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1130 and Above Good >91%
970 to 1130 Avg + 84%-91%
810 to 970 Avg - 73%-84%
650 to 810 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 650 Low <59%
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North Carolina Central University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

15-23 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

2%
ACT Scores for North Carolina Central University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 15
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 15
ACT Scores for North Carolina Central University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 20
Composite 75th Percentile 23
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into North Carolina Central University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to North Carolina Central University is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 15 and 23.  The school ranks #37 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 15 and score in the score in the top 81 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 11.

2 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Carolina Central University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as North Carolina Central University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into North Carolina Central University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 84% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 91% with a 23 ACT score.

North Carolina Central University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >91%
19 to 23 Avg + 84%-91%
15 to 19 Avg - 73%-84%
11 to 15 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 11 Low <59%
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High School Class Rank

66% of North Carolina Central University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted North Carolina Central University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 8%
Top 25% of class 24%
Top 50% of class 66%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

North Carolina Central University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,862 2,561 8,423
Accepted 5,021 2,086 7,107
Acceptance Rate 86% 81% 84%
Enrolled 740 339 1,079
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

103

Applicants have 103 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to North Carolina Central University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Carolina Central University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

North Carolina Central University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at North Carolina Central University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because North Carolina Central University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.27 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 970 and ACT of 19 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199157 IPEDS survey data for North Carolina Central University.

FAQs

Does North Carolina Central University prefer SAT or ACT?

1% of students submit their SAT scores to North Carolina Central University. 2% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into North Carolina Central University?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to North Carolina Central University. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for North Carolina Central University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 810 and 1130. The average SAT score is 970. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for North Carolina Central University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 15 and 23. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.