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UNC Chapel Hill Admission Requirements

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
25%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into UNC Chapel Hill and can I get accepted? The school has a 25% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 10,445 out of 41,773 applicants were admitted making UNC Chapel Hill a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 13 percent. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNC Chapel Hill SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
44%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1390

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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
1490 and Above Good >36%
1385 to 1490 Avg + 25%-36%
1280 to 1385 Avg - 16%-25%
1175 to 1280 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1175 Low <10%
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UNC Chapel Hill ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
58%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
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 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. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >39%
30 to 33 Avg + 25%-39%
28 to 30 Avg - 18%-25%
26 to 28 Reach 12%-18%
Less than 26 Low <12%
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UNC Chapel Hill GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA
4.39
Typical High School Grades
A

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

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UNC Chapel Hill. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was 4.39 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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UNC Chapel Hill will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 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
4.0 93.0% Reach
3.75 to 3.99 3.0% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 2.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 1.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

74% 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 74%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 99%
Lower 50% of class 1%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,338 17,435 41,773
Accepted 6,105 4,340 10,445
Acceptance Rate 25% 25% 25%
Enrolled 2,713 1,732 4,445
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 40% 43%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 5, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is $85.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prefer SAT or ACT?

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

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

25% of those who apply are granted admission to UNC Chapel Hill. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1490. 44% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 33. 58% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.