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Wilmington, North Carolina

UNCW Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
66.5%
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 67% acceptance rate ranking it #34 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,767 out of 11,677 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 25 percent. University of North Carolina at Wilmington typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 28% 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
1250-1370
Applicants Submitting SAT
34%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1370
Average SAT Score 1310

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 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 34 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 Wilmington admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >78%
1310 to 1370 Avg + 67%-78%
1250 to 1310 Avg - 54%-67%
1190 to 1250 Reach 41%-54%
Less than 1190 Low <41%
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UNCW ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
73%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina at Wilmington
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
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 #11 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 73 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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 >78%
25 to 27 Avg + 67%-78%
23 to 25 Avg - 54%-67%
21 to 23 Reach 41%-54%
Less than 21 Low <41%
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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 67% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of North Carolina at Wilmington students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina at Wilmington admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,559 4,118 11,677
Accepted 5,048 2,719 7,767
Acceptance Rate 67% 66% 67%
Enrolled 1,376 769 2,145
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 28% 28%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
107

Applicants have 107 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to UNCW before the Feb 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of North Carolina at Wilmington and what considerations affect 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

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.