Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges


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The college search and application process can seem daunting for many families. Given the abundance of online college-related data, it's never been easier to find information on your prospective schools; yet it has also become increasingly difficult to discern useful from misleading information. This can leave families and students frustrated with their college search.

To bring greater clarity to this process, College Transitions has compiled data from several reliable sources to create institutional profiles for North Carolina's most popular private colleges and universities. In sum, these profiles provide North Carolina students and their families with an objective, inside look into the 21 diverse private institutions in our state. Profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years. For additional college admissions-related data and information, please visit www.collegetransitions.com. Also, if you are considering public schools in North Carolina browse An Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools.

Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), institutional websites, COLLEGEdata, and the College Board. Each private college and university is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order:

Jump to the school you're interested in: Belmont Abbey College; Brevard College; Campbell University; Catawba College; Davidson College; Duke University; Elon University; Gardner-Webb University; Guilford College; High Point University; Johnson C. Smith University; Johnson & Wales University; Lees-McRae College; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Mars Hill University; Meredith College; Pfeiffer University; Queens University of Charlotte; Wake Forest University; Warren Wilson College; Wingate University

For admissions information on all 16 four-year UNC institutions, click here.

 

Belmont Abbey College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Belmont)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,495
  • Freshman class size: 308
  • Four-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 60 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: belmontabbeycollege.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,967
  • Acceptance rate: 68 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.16
  • *SAT math average: 509
  • *SAT critical reading average: 510
  • *ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

*Belmont Abbey College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

Brevard College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Brevard)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 729
  • Freshman class size: 246
  • Four-year graduation rate: 26 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 58 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: brevard.edu/apply-for-admission
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 3,215
  • Acceptance rate: 41 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.07
  • *SAT math average: 483
  • *SAT critical reading average: 507
  • *ACT composite average: 20
  • Class rank top 10th: 6 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 24 percent

*Brevard College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability

Campbell University

Type of school: Medium-sized private university and liberal arts college (Buies Creek)
Degrees available: Associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,455
  • Freshman class size: 956
  • Four-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: campbell.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 6,626
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.4
  • SAT math average: 545
  • SAT critical reading average: 541
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Interview
  • Particular talent/ability

Catawba College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Salisbury)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,270
  • Freshman class size: 311
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: catawba.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,117
  • Acceptance rate: 32 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.66
  • *SAT math average: 500
  • *SAT critical reading average: 490
  • *ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 13 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 39 percent

*Catawba College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Geographic residence
  • Work experience

Davidson College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Davidson)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,784
  • Freshman class size: 510
  • Four-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 96 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 5
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 15
  • Early decision II deadline: Jan. 2
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 5,382
  • Acceptance rate: 22 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.0
  • SAT math average: 675
  • SAT critical reading average: 672
  • ACT composite average: 30
  • Class rank top 10th: 55 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 91 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Duke University

Type of school: Medium-sized university (Durham)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 6,639
  • Freshman class size: 1,746
  • Four-year graduation rate: 86 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 97 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.duke.edu
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 3
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Most
  • Total applicants: 31,220
  • Acceptance rate: 11 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT math average: 740
  • SAT critical reading average: 715
  • ACT composite average: 33
  • Class rank top 10th: 91 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 98 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Elon University

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (Elon)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,903
  • Freshman class size: 1,524
  • Four-year graduation rate: 79 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 83 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 83 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 90 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: elon.edu/e/admissions/undergraduate/index.html
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 10
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 10
  • Early decision: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,256
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97
  • SAT math average: 601
  • SAT critical reading average: 597
  • ACT composite average: 27
  • Class rank top 10th: 24 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 58 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Alumni relation
  • Work experience

Gardner-Webb University

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (Boiling Springs)
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,636
  • Freshman class size: 460
  • Four-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 73 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: gardner-webb.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admissions/index
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,866
  • Acceptance rate: 53 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78
  • SAT math average: 495
  • SAT critical reading average: 485
  • ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 23 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 55 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities

Guilford College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Greensboro)
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,917
  • Freshman class size: 311
  • Four-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: guilford.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early decision: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 2,782
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • *SAT math average: 515
  • *SAT critical reading average: 523
  • *ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 39 percent

*Guilford College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Character/personal qualities

High Point University

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (High Point)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,371
  • Freshman class size: 1,362
  • Four-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: highpoint.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: March 15
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 14
  • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 2
  • Early decision II deadline: Feb. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,910
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.23
  • SAT math average: 556
  • SAT critical reading average: 552
  • ACT composite average: 24
  • Class rank top 10th: 25 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 54 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

Johnson C. Smith University

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Charlotte)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,375
  • Freshman class size: 334
  • Four-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jcsu.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,346
  • Acceptance rate: 46 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.78
  • SAT math average: 396
  • SAT critical reading average: 394
  • ACT composite average: 17
  • Class rank top 10th: 5 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 15 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Character/personal qualities

Johnson & Wales University

Type of school: Medium-sized university (Charlotte)
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,218
  • Freshman class size: 700
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 76 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 23:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jwu.edu/campuses/charlotte/admissions-and-aid/index.html
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,537
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • SAT math average: N/A
  • SAT critical reading average: N/A
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities

Lees-McRae College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Banner Elk)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,033
  • Freshman class size: 197
  • Four-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 63 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lmc.edu/admissions/index.htm
  • Regular decision deadline: April 10
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 1,400
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • *SAT math average: 470
  • *SAT critical reading average: 480
  • *ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 6 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 22 percent

*Lees-McRae College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Academic GPA

 

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Hickory)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,587
  • Freshman class size: 448
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 64 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lr.edu/admission/undergraduate
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 7
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,994
  • Acceptance rate: 84 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • SAT math average: 498
  • SAT critical reading average: 485
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

Mars Hill University

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Mars Hill)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,395
  • Freshman class size: 385
  • Four-year graduation rate: 18 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 31 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 59 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: mhu.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,010
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.24
  • SAT math average: 453
  • SAT critical reading average: 462
  • ACT composite average: 20
  • Class rank top 10th: 5 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 19 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities

Meredith College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Raleigh)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: All female

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,679
  • Freshman class size: 438
  • Four-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: meredith.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Feb. 15
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early decision: Oct. 30
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,721
  • Acceptance rate: 60 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.35
  • SAT math average: 515
  • SAT critical reading average: 510
  • ACT composite average: 23
  • Class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 48 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Pfeiffer University

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Misenheimer)
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 917
  • Freshman class size: 160
  • Four-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 69 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: pfeiffer.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,627
  • Acceptance rate: 47 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20
  • *SAT math average: 479
  • *SAT critical reading average: 458
  • *ACT composite average: 19
  • Class rank top 10th: 8 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 28 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Queens University of Charlotte

Type of school: Small university (Charlotte)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,641
  • Freshman class size: 281
  • Four-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: queens.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid.html
  • Regular decision deadline: March 1
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 2,111
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.71
  • SAT math average: 524
  • SAT critical reading average: 529
  • ACT composite average: 23
  • Class rank top 10th: 15 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 44 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • First generation to attend college
  • Alumni relation
  • Work experience

Wake Forest University

Type of school: Medium-sized university (Winston-Salem)
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,871
  • Freshman class size: 1,284
  • Four-year graduation rate: 82 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 87 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 88 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.wfu.edu
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan.1
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early Decision I: Nov. 15
  • Early Decision II: Jan.1
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 13,281
  • Acceptance rate: 29 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • *SAT math average: 665
  • *SAT critical reading average: 640
  • *ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: 77 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 93 percent

*Wake Forest University is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Warren Wilson College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Asheville)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Work college

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 753
  • Freshman class size: 195
  • Four-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 64 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: warren-wilson.edu/admission
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 809
  • Acceptance rate: 84 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • *SAT math average: 530
  • *SAT critical reading average: 585
  • *ACT composite average: 25
  • Class rank top 10th: 17 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 18 percent

*Warren Wilson College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

Wingate University

Type of school: Medium-sized university (Wingate)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,023
  • Freshman class size: 664
  • Four-year graduation rate: 40 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 73 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wingate.edu/office-of-admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 8,018
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.41
  • SAT math average: 517
  • SAT critical reading average: 502
  • ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: 22 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 50 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations

How Is Entrance Difficulty Figured?

Entrance difficulty is a measure of the academic qualifications of recently enrolled freshmen and the proportion of applicants who are admitted. The greater the entrance difficulty, the higher the class rank and test scores of enrolled freshmen and the lower the percentage of applicants admitted. At public institutions, the entrance difficulty used applies to residents. At many public institutions, particularly the more selective ones, entrance is more difficult for nonresidents than for residents. Each college reports its entrance difficulty, choosing the category that best matches from the following:
 
Most Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT; about 30 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Very Difficult More than 50 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT or over 26 on the ACT; about 60 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Moderately Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT; about 85 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Minimally Difficult Most freshmen were not in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95 of all applicants accepted.
Noncompetitive Virtually all applicants accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores.
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