North Carolina Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in North Carolina for 2024

These are the most selective public and private four-year colleges in North Carolina. The list is ranked by acceptance rate, lowest to highest and limited to schools which reject at least half of all applicants. Leading the list is Duke University which sent acceptance letters to only 6% of the 49,703 students who applied and rejected 94%.

Not all schools on the most selective list are overly academically challenging. Some schools with less rigorous test and high school GPA requirements may receive a large numbers of qualified applicants and the school does not have space to admit them all.

If you're looking for challenging colleges, explore rankings of North Carolina colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.


13 results

Duke University
D
Durham, NC

Duke University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

6% Acceptance Rate

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,620enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 1468-1558SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

St. Andrews University
S
Laurinburg, NC

St. Andrews University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

12% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 911enrollment
  • $24,546net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC

Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

18% Acceptance Rate

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,973enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

20% Acceptance Rate

#9 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 31,641enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 1140-1380SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.83Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Piedmont International University
P
Winston Salem, NC
 

Piedmont International University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

24% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 691enrollment
  • $15,119net price
  • 770-1230SAT range
  • 15-23ACT range
  • 3.07Estimated Avg GPA

Wake Forest University
W
Winston Salem, NC

Wake Forest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

25% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 8,947enrollment
  • $26,324net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

North Carolina Wesleyan College
N
Rocky Mount, NC
 

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

28% Acceptance Rate

#13 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,531enrollment
  • $16,772net price
  • 860-1120SAT range
  • 15-21ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
N
Winston-Salem, NC

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

30% Acceptance Rate

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,119enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 1160-1380SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Brevard College
B
Brevard, NC

Brevard College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

45% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 780enrollment
  • $23,001net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Johnson C Smith University
J
HBCU
Charlotte, NC

Johnson C Smith University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

45% Acceptance Rate

#14 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,166enrollment
  • $20,468net price
  • 800-980SAT range
  • 13-18ACT range
  • 2.48Avg GPA

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
C
Concord, NC
 

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

46% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 557enrollment
  • $14,475net price
  • 945-1145SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.21Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

47% Acceptance Rate

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,831enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Mid Atlantic Christian University
M
Elizabeth City, NC
 

Mid Atlantic Christian University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

48% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 145enrollment
  • $21,276net price
  • 760-1160SAT range
  • 14-21ACT range
  • 3.09Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1