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Chapel Hill, North Carolina

UNC Chapel Hill Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
24.4%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into UNC Chapel Hill and can I get accepted? The school has a 24% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,673 out of 39,650 applicants were admitted making UNC Chapel Hill a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 11 percent. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 45% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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UNC Chapel Hill SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1330-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT
39%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1420

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1240. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1500 and Above Good >35%
1415 to 1500 Avg + 24%-35%
1330 to 1415 Avg - 16%-24%
1245 to 1330 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1245 Low <10%
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UNC Chapel Hill ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
64%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UNC Chapel Hill?

Admission data indicates that UNC Chapel Hill regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 64 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >37%
30 to 33 Avg + 24%-37%
28 to 30 Avg - 17%-24%
26 to 28 Reach 12%-17%
Less than 26 Low <12%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.6
Typical High School Grades
A

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was 4.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as UNC Chapel Hill is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 97% Good
3.50 to 3.75 1% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

78% of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 78%
Top 25% of class 96%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,201 16,449 39,650
Accepted 5,768 3,905 9,673
Acceptance Rate 25% 24% 24%
Enrolled 2,661 1,695 4,356
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 46% 43% 45%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 10, 2020
Days left to Apply
31

Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UNC Chapel Hill before the Jan 10 application deadline.

ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199120 IPEDS survey data for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Frequently Asked Questions

39% of students submit their SAT scores to UNC Chapel Hill. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

24% of those who apply are granted admission to UNC Chapel Hill. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1330 and 1500. 39% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 33. 64% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.