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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
Admission Difficulty for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionHigh
How hard is it to get into UNCSA and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UNCSA is 36%.  It ranks #7 in North Carolina and #119 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. UNCSA is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 435 out of 1,197 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 37 percent (SAT 1120/1310 ACT 22/29). University of North Carolina School of the Arts typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.69. Of those applicants who were admitted, 50% 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.

The UNCSA application fee is $95 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

UNCSA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1120-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
66%
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1220

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 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 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 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. UNCSA ranks #7 in North Carolina and #224 in the nation 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 2020 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
1310 and Above Good >49%
1215 to 1310 Avg + 36%-49%
1120 to 1215 Avg - 25%-36%
1025 to 1120 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1025 Low <16%
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UNCSA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-29 
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 22
ACT Scores for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
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 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 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 2020 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 >51%
25 to 29 Avg + 36%-51%
22 to 25 Avg - 26%-36%
19 to 22 Reach 18%-26%
Less than 19 Low <18%
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UNCSA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.69
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 3.69 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 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
4.0 35.85% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 20.28% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 19.81% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 10.85% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.6% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.66% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.95% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

University of North Carolina School of the Arts admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 772 425 1,197
Accepted 286 149 435
Acceptance Rate 37% 35% 36%
Enrolled 138 81 219
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 48% 54% 50%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were 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.

Application 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 Application 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?

36% 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 1120 and 1310. 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 22 and 29. 43% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.