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University of North Carolina at Asheville Admission Requirements

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Your chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Asheville

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

74.3%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina at Asheville
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of North Carolina at Asheville is 74.3%.  Its admission rate is the 34th lowest in North Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into University of North Carolina at Asheville and can you get accepted?

University of North Carolina at Asheville is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 3,179 out of the 4,278 who applied were admitted.

University of North Carolina at Asheville typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.49. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into University of North Carolina at Asheville?

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.49 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1240 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

University of North Carolina at Asheville GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.49

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of North Carolina at Asheville?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into University of North Carolina at Asheville are to have around a 3.49 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as University of North Carolina at Asheville accepts 74% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at University of North Carolina at Asheville is 3.49 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #20 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since University of North Carolina at Asheville 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 3.5 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 University of North Carolina at Asheville students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 5.96% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.85% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.31% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.88% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 19.04% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.19% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.58% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.19% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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University of North Carolina at Asheville SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of North Carolina at Asheville. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 16% of students submitted SAT scores and 24% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1145-1340

Applicants Submitting SAT 

16%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 545
Composite 25th Percentile 1145
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 685
Math 75th Percentile 655
Composite 75th Percentile 1340
Average SAT Score 1240

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of North Carolina at Asheville?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at University of North Carolina at Asheville is 1240 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1145-1340. Students who get into University of North Carolina at Asheville score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  University of North Carolina at Asheville ranks #7 in the state of North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1240 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. University of North Carolina at Asheville regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1145 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1145, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1050, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of North Carolina at Asheville 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 1240 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 1242, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 1340 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

University of North Carolina at Asheville admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >84%
1242 to 1340 Avg + 74%-84%
1145 to 1242 Avg - 60%-74%
1048 to 1145 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 1048 Low <44%
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University of North Carolina at Asheville ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

21-28 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

24%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 29
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into University of North Carolina at Asheville?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to University of North Carolina at Asheville is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 28.  The school ranks #15 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 18.

24 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of North Carolina at Asheville 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 University of North Carolina at Asheville for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 74% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 86% with a 28 ACT score.

University of North Carolina at Asheville admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >86%
24 to 28 Avg + 74%-86%
21 to 24 Avg - 62%-74%
18 to 21 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 18 Low <49%
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High School Class Rank

75% of University of North Carolina at Asheville freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 39% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of North Carolina at Asheville students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 13%
Top 25% of class 39%
Top 50% of class 75%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

University of North Carolina at Asheville admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,747 1,531 4,278
Accepted 2,069 1,110 3,179
Acceptance Rate 75% 73% 74%
Enrolled 313 194 507
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 17% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

42

Applicants have 42 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of North Carolina at Asheville is $75.

Application Requirements

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

University of North Carolina at Asheville 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 Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of North Carolina at Asheville is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.49 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1240 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199111 IPEDS survey data for University of North Carolina at Asheville.

FAQs

Does University of North Carolina at Asheville prefer SAT or ACT?

16% of students submit their SAT scores to University of North Carolina at Asheville. 24% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of North Carolina at Asheville?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to University of North Carolina at Asheville. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of North Carolina at Asheville?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1145 and 1340. The average SAT score is 1242. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of North Carolina at Asheville?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.