Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 NC Public Schools

College admissions information for all 16 UNC institutions


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Interested in learning more about what it takes to earn admission into any one of the 16 public university institutions in North Carolina? Look no further than the list below, which highlights the most up-to-date admission statistics for the entire UNC system. Tuition fees are not included, as these rates change frequently. Please check the schools’ websites for the most updated tuition fee information.

Data sources for this information include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, institutional websites, COLLEGEdata and the College Board. Each institution is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order.

Jump to the school you're interested in: Appalachian State University; East Carolina University; Elizabeth City State University; Fayetteville State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUNC-Asheville; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC-Charlotte; UNC-GreensboroUNC-Pembroke; UNC School of the Arts; UNC-WilmingtonWestern Carolina University; Winston-Salem State University

For admissions information on 20 of the most popular private four-year colleges in North Carolina, click here.

 

Appalachian State University

Location: Boone
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 15,542
  • Freshman class size: 3,124
  • Four-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 69 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 87 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.appstate.edu
  • Total applicants: 13,202
  • Acceptance rate: 68 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.17 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 620
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 620
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 27
  • High school class rank top 10th: 19 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 57 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 92 percent

Important Factors

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

East Carolina University

Location: Greenville
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 19,754
  • Freshman class size: 4,270
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 56 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 83 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ecu.edu/cs-acad/admissions
  • Total applicants: 17,099
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.76
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
  • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 42 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 78 percent

Important Factors

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

Elizabeth City State University

Location: Elizabeth City
Type of school: Medium-sized liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,197
  • Freshman class size: 202
  • Four-year graduation rate: 16 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ecsu.edu/admissions/index.html
  • Total applicants: 1,566
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 480
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 2 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 33 percent

Important Factors

  • ​Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • State residency

Fayetteville State University

Location: Fayetteville
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 4,141
  • Freshman class size: 640
  • Four-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 27 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncfsu.edu/fsu-admissions
  • Total applicants: 4,611
  • Acceptance rate: 59 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 480
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 9 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 26 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 62 percent

Important Factors

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

North Carolina A&T State University

Location: Greensboro
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 8,747
  • Freshman class size: 1,957
  • Four-year graduation rate: 18 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 75 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ncat.edu/admissions/undergraduate
  • Total applicants: 10,367
  • Acceptance rate: 54 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.48
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 500
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 510
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
  • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 34 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 74 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • State residency
  • Geographic residence

North Carolina Central University

Location: Durham
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 5,342
  • Freshman class size: 1,128
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: nccu.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 8,613
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 410
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
  • High school class rank top 10th: 8 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 18 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 46 percent

Important Factors

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

North Carolina State University

Location: Raleigh
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 20,951
  • Freshman class size: 4,376
  • Four-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 74 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 78 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.ncsu.edu
  • Total applicants: 26,451
  • Acceptance rate: 48 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.72
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 570
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 660
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 600
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 690
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 26
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 31
  • High school class rank top 10th: 50 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 87 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 100 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Asheville

Location: Asheville
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 3,222
  • Freshman class size: 663
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.unca.edu
  • Total applicants: 3,523
  • Acceptance rate: 76 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.48
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 530
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 640
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
  • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 54 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 92 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 17,869
  • Freshman class size: 4,224
  • Four-year graduation rate: 84 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 91 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 96 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.unc.edu
  • Total applicants: 34,889
  • Acceptance rate: 27 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.66 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 600
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 700
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 610
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 720
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 33
  • High school class rank top 10th: 73 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 91 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 94 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Charlotte

Location: Charlotte
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 20,263
  • Freshman class size: 3,439
  • Four-year graduation rate: 29 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 82 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.uncc.edu
  • Total applicants: 17,518
  • Acceptance rate: 62 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 590
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 22 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 59 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 90 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Greensboro 

Location: Greensboro
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 14,116
  • Freshman class size: 2,852
  • Four-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 76 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.uncg.edu
  • Total applicants: 9,038
  • Acceptance rate: 74 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.81
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 570
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: 4 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 23 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 77 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Pembroke

Location: Pembroke
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 4,510
  • Freshman class size: 1,069
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 33 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncp.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
  • Total applicants: 4,573
  • Acceptance rate: 74 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.45
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 490
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 32 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 70 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC School of the Arts

Location: Winston-Salem
Type of school: Small college of art and performing arts
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Arts conservatory

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 883
  • Freshman class size: 213
  • Four-year graduation rate: 63 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncsa.edu/admissions/index.aspx
  • Total applicants: 667
  • Acceptance rate: 54 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.70
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 540
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
  • High school class rank top 10th: 16 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 43 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 79 percent

Important Factors

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

UNC-Wilmington

Location: Wilmington
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 12,023
  • Freshman class size: 2,218
  • Four-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 70 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncw.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 10,443
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.13 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 570
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 630
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 61 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 94 percent

Important Factors

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

Western Carolina University

Location: Cullowhee
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 7,871
  • Freshman class size: 1,912
  • Four-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 80 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions
  • Total applicants: 18,297
  • Acceptance rate: 41 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 460
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 38 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 76 percent

Important Factors

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

Winston-Salem State University

Location: Winston-Salem
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 4,117
  • Freshman class size: 940
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 767 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wssu.edu/admissions/index.html
  • Total applicants: 5,128
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.01
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
  • High school class rank top 10th: 1 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 32 percent

Important Factors

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

Updated on Nov. 6, 2018.

 

Michael Trivette, Ph.D., is a co-founder of College Transitions, a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. He is also co-author of “The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process.” Learn more at collegetransitions.com.

 

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