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Chances of getting into University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
28.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into UNCSA and can I get accepted? The school has a 29% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 444 out of 1,536 applicants were admitted making UNCSA a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. University of North Carolina School of the Arts typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 53% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of North Carolina School of the Arts 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.

UNCSA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1090-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1190

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

University of North Carolina School of the Arts typically prefers applicants to be in the top 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 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 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 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 School of the Arts admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >41%
1190 to 1290 Avg + 29%-41%
1090 to 1190 Avg - 19%-29%
990 to 1090 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 990 Low <12%
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UNCSA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
43%
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that UNCSA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 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 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of North Carolina School of the Arts admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >41%
25 to 29 Avg + 29%-41%
21 to 25 Avg - 19%-29%
17 to 21 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 17 Low <12%
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UNCSA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.67
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UNCSA. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of North Carolina School of the Arts was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to UNCSA 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 School of the Arts students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 44% Good
3.50 to 3.75 24% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 11% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 8% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
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

80% of University of North Carolina School of the Arts freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of North Carolina School of the Arts students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 14%
Top 25% of class 45%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 4%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina School of the Arts admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 962 574 1,536
Accepted 283 161 444
Acceptance Rate 29% 28% 29%
Enrolled 153 81 234
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 54% 50% 53%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
131

Applicants have 131 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of North Carolina School of the Arts is $95.

Admission Requirements

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

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of North Carolina School of the Arts
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=199184 IPEDS survey data for University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

FAQs

Does University of North Carolina School of the Arts prefer SAT or ACT?

66% of students submit their SAT scores to UNCSA. 43% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

29% of those who apply are granted admission to UNCSA. Admission competition is high 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 School of the Arts?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1290. 66% 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 School of the Arts?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 29. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.