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Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
22.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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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, 9,610 out of 42,465 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 44% 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
1310-1500
Applicants Submitting SAT
44%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1410

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 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 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 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 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 2019 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
1500 and Above Good >34%
1405 to 1500 Avg + 23%-34%
1310 to 1405 Avg - 15%-23%
1215 to 1310 Reach 9%-15%
Less than 1215 Low <9%
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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 2019 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 >36%
30 to 33 Avg + 23%-36%
28 to 30 Avg - 16%-23%
26 to 28 Reach 11%-16%
Less than 26 Low <11%
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UNC Chapel Hill GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.6
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 4.6 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 25,174 17,291 42,465
Accepted 5,656 3,954 9,610
Acceptance Rate 22% 23% 23%
Enrolled 2,521 1,661 4,182
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 45% 42% 44%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 5, 2022
Days left to Apply
98

Applicants have 98 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are 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?

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.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1500. 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.