UNCW Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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
Applicants Submitting SAT44%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||600|
|SAT Math 25th||590|
|SAT Composite 25th||1190|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
UNCW ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT64%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||22|
|ACT Math 25th||22|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA4.06
Typical High School GradesA
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
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||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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||29%||27%|
Applications were DueFeb 1, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to University of North Carolina at Wilmington and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
44% of students submit their SAT scores to UNCW. 64% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.