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Chapel Hill, North Carolina

UNC Chapel Hill Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
22.7%
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 23% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,525 out of 41,939 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 12 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.

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UNC Chapel Hill SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1270-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
44%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1160. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1380 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 44 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.

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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
1480 and Above Good >34%
1375 to 1480 Avg + 23%-34%
1270 to 1375 Avg - 15%-23%
1165 to 1270 Reach 9%-15%
Less than 1165 Low <9%
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UNC Chapel Hill ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

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 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 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. 58 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 >34%
31 to 33 Avg + 23%-34%
29 to 31 Avg - 15%-23%
27 to 29 Reach 9%-15%
Less than 27 Low <9%
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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.

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Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,863 17,076 41,939
Accepted 5,725 3,800 9,525
Acceptance Rate 23% 22% 23%
Enrolled 2,669 1,658 4,327
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 47% 44% 45%

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

44% of students submit their SAT scores to UNC Chapel Hill. 58% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

23% 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 1270 and 1480. 44% 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 29 and 33. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.