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UNCW Admission Requirements

Wilmington, North Carolina

Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
61.2%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into UNCW and can I get accepted? The school has a 61% acceptance rate ranking it #31 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,034 out of 13,117 applicants were admitted making UNCW a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 29 percent. University of North Carolina at Wilmington typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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UNCW SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
44%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

University of North Carolina at Wilmington typically requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 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 1120. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of North Carolina at Wilmington admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >73%
1255 to 1320 Avg + 61%-73%
1190 to 1255 Avg - 48%-61%
1125 to 1190 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 1125 Low <35%
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UNCW ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
64%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UNCW?

Admission data indicates that UNCW regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 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 Wilmington.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of North Carolina at Wilmington admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >73%
25 to 27 Avg + 61%-73%
23 to 25 Avg - 48%-61%
21 to 23 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 21 Low <35%
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UNCW GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.06
Typical High School Grades
A

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of North Carolina at Wilmington was 4.06 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UNCW accepts 61% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of North Carolina at Wilmington students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 78% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 5% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 2% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

65% of University of North Carolina at Wilmington freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of North Carolina at Wilmington students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 65%
Top 50% of class 96%
Bottom 50% of class 4%
Bottom 25% of class -1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Wilmington admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,274 4,843 13,117
Accepted 5,085 2,949 8,034
Acceptance Rate 61% 61% 61%
Enrolled 1,297 864 2,161
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 29% 27%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
V
Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

S
St Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, Maryland

J
James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia

G
George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

T
The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

S
Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, Georgia

D
University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199218 IPEDS survey data for University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

FAQs

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

44% of students submit their SAT scores to UNCW. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

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

61% of those who apply are granted admission to UNCW. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

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

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1320. 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 Wilmington?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 27. 64% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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