ACT Scores for Admission to Public Universities in North Carolina

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

Forney Building at UNCG. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

North Carolina's public universities offer an excellent value, especially for in-state students. The state's many universities vary widely in both selectivity and personality, so be sure to shop around to find the university that is the best match for your credentials, academic interests, and personal preferences.

The table below can help you figure out which universities are on target for your ACT scores.

The table presents a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these public universities in North Carolina.

Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The most important piece of your application will be a strong academic record. High grades in college preparatory classes will strengthen your application considerably. AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment courses can all play a significant roll in the admissions process. At some of the more selective universities, the admissions folks will also want to see a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

North Carolina ACT Scores (mid 50%)
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Appalachian State232722282226
East Carolina202420241924
Elizabeth City State172115201620
Fayetteville State172115211621
NC A&T State182216211723
NC Central171915191619
NC State263125322631
UNC Asheville232822302126
UNC Chapel Hill283328342732
UNC Charlotte222621252226
UNC Greensboro212520251925
UNC Pembroke182116211722
UNC School of the Arts222822311926
UNC Wilmington222621262226
Western Carolina202519241824
Winston-Salem State171914191619
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ACT score comparison table for public North Carolina universities last updated January 2015