North Carolina Colleges that are Hardest to Get Into

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in North Carolina for 2020

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 9% of the 35,786 students who applied and rejected 91%.

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, you can also explore rankings of North Carolina colleges with the highest SAT scores, highest ACT scores and highest GPA's.

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    • SAT Range 1450/1570
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.94*
    • Students: 16,606
    • Tuition:$55,695
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 9%
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    Duke University

    • SAT Range 1290/1450
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,843
    • Tuition:$51,447
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 19%
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    Davidson College

    • SAT Range 1270/1480
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.6
    • Students: 30,011
    • Tuition:$8,987
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • SAT Range 770/1230
    • ACT Range 15/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.07*
    • Students: 691
    • Tuition:$9,580
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range N/A
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 8,401
    • Tuition:$53,322
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
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    Wake Forest University

    • SAT Range 1090/1280
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 1,042
    • Tuition:$9,371
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 38%
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    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    • SAT Range 1050/1260
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.57*
    • Students: 842
    • Tuition:$29,166
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • SAT Range 920/1120
    • ACT Range 17/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.07
    • Students: 1,059
    • Tuition:$30,880
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
    • SAT Range 1030/1210
    • ACT Range 20/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 11,639
    • Tuition:$3,926
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
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    Western Carolina University

    • SAT Range 990/1140
    • ACT Range 20/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.21*
    • Students: 433
    • Tuition:$13,194
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • SAT Range 780/1160
    • ACT Range 13/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.34
    • Students: 683
    • Tuition:$26,648
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
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    St. Andrews University

    • SAT Range 770/930
    • ACT Range 13/17
    • Average HS GPA 2.64*
    • Students: 1,148
    • Tuition:$18,296
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
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    Livingstone College

    • SAT Range 910/1140
    • ACT Range 16/22
    • Average HS GPA 3.15*
    • Students: 1,026
    • Tuition:$29,140
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 44%
    • SAT Range 830/1050
    • ACT Range 16/22
    • Average HS GPA 2.91
    • Students: 196
    • Tuition:$15,300
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 44%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range N/A
    • Average HS GPA 2.97
    • Students: 702
    • Tuition:$28,640
    • Acceptance Rate 46%
    • SAT Range 810/980
    • ACT Range 14/18
    • Average HS GPA 2.97
    • Students: 1,565
    • Tuition:$18,236
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 46%
    • SAT Range 900/1050
    • ACT Range 17/20
    • Average HS GPA 3.1
    • Students: 8,207
    • Tuition:$6,464
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • SAT Range 1250/1390
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 4.37
    • Students: 35,479
    • Tuition:$9,101
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
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    North Carolina State University at Raleigh

    • SAT Range 970/1180
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.72
    • Students: 3,598
    • Tuition:$32,000
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 48%
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    Gardner Webb University