ACT Scores for Admission to Top North Carolina Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 15 Top Schools

Guilford College
Guilford College. Parkram412 / Wikipedia

Learn what ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the top North Carolina colleges or universities. The side-by-side comparison table below shows scores for the middle 50 percent of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these top North Carolina colleges.

Top North Carolina Colleges ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Appalachian State232722282226see graph
Davidson College2833----see graph
Duke University313432353035see graph
Elon University252925312428see graph
Guilford College------see graph
High Point University212620262026see graph
Meredith College212620261825see graph
NC State263125322631see graph
Salem College222721292027see graph
UNC Asheville232822302126see graph
UNC Chapel Hill283328342732see graph
UNC School of the Arts222822311926see graph
UNC Wilmington222621262226see graph
Wake Forest------see graph
Warren Wilson------see graph
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The ACT and Your Application

Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers at most of these North Carolina colleges and universities will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. While you can certainly ensure you get good test scores, colleges are looking for students who are active in their schools and communities and that may help overcome a lower test score.

These ACT numbers were provided by the data from the National Center for Educations Statistics based on the test scores for Fall, 2015 enrolled first-time students. The numbers do not change significantly from year to year by more than one or two points. However, schools do change how much weight they give to test scores. Some schools are test optional and you are not required to submit an ACT or SAT, except under certain conditions.

For example, some schools may require them for home-schooled students but not for those who attended a traditional high school.

What Do Percentiles Mean?

The 25th percentile means that only one-quarter of students who applied scored less than that number. It is the bottom of the mid-range for the score and three-quarters of the students applying scored better than that number.

If your scores fall below that number, it may weigh unfavorably on your application.

The 75th percentile means that three-quarters of those applying scored less than that number. it is the top of the mid-range for the score. One-quarter of the students who applied scored better than that number. If you scored above this number, your test scores are likely to weigh very favorably on your application.

ACT Comparison Tables

How would your ACT scores compare for other top universities and states? See ACT charts by state and by different categories, such as the Ivy Leaguetop universitiestop liberal arts collegestop public universities, and more.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics