North Carolina Colleges with low acceptance rates

Colleges with the Lowest Acceptance Rate in North Carolina for 2022

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 8% of the 39,639 students who applied and rejected 92%.

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.


14 results

Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

8% Acceptance Rate

#5 Best Colleges in America

  • 16,172enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

20% Acceptance Rate

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

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

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

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

25% Acceptance Rate

#10 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,092enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 1280-1490SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

Wake Forest University
W
Winston Salem, NC
Wake Forest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

32% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 8,789enrollment
  • $26,324net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
C
Concord, NC
 
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

35% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 526enrollment
  • $14,475net price
  • 990-1085SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.21Estimated Avg 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

36% Acceptance Rate

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,070enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Barton College
B
Wilson, NC
 
Barton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

42% Acceptance Rate

#12 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,177enrollment
  • $24,111net price
  • 930-1120SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Mid Atlantic Christian University
M
Elizabeth City, NC
 
Mid Atlantic Christian University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

43% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 165enrollment
  • $21,276net price
  • 893-1095SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.09Avg GPA

Applications Due May 23

Brevard College
B
Brevard, NC
Brevard College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

45% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 828enrollment
  • $23,001net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

46% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,042enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

North Carolina Wesleyan College
N
Rocky Mount, NC
 
North Carolina Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

48% Acceptance Rate

#14 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,720enrollment
  • $16,772net price
  • 850-980SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

48% Acceptance Rate

#9 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 12,243enrollment
  • $13,221net price
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Johnson C Smith University
J
HBCU
Charlotte, NC
Johnson C Smith University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

49% Acceptance Rate

#16 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,306enrollment
  • $20,468net price
  • 800-980SAT range
  • 13-18ACT range
  • 2.75Avg GPA