GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Top North Carolina Colleges

Duke University
Duke University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

North Carolina has some impressive options for higher education, and the admissions standards for places like Duke and UNC Chapel Hill can be daunting. Most top-ranking schools have holistic admissions, so the final admissions decision takes into consideration things like your extracurricular involvement and application essay.

That said, you're going to need high grades and strong test scores to get into most of the schools on this list.

To see if you're on target for admission to some of North Carolina's top colleges, follow the links in the list below: 

Appalachian State University

Davidson College

Duke University

    Elon University

    Guilford College

    • Apalachin State Admissions Profile
    • Selectivity: About a third of applicants to Guilford are rejected. The school has test-optional admissions, so don't worry if your SAT or ACT scores aren't ideal. You will need a high school record that demonstrates your college preparedness.

    High Point University

    Meredith College

    NC State University

    Salem College

      UNC Asheville

      UNC Chapel Hill

      UNC School of the Arts

      • GPA-SAT-ACT Graph for Admission
      • Apalachin State Admissions Profile
      • Selectivity: Only a third of applicants will get into UNC School of the Arts, but unlike other schools on this list, your grades and test scores may not be the most important part of your application. Successful applicants need to have strong non-numerical measures such as auditions, portfolios, and resumés of relevant experiences.

        UNC Wilmington

        Wake Forest University

        Warren Wilson College

        • GPA-SAT-ACT Graph for Admission
        • Apalachin State Admissions Profile
        • Selectivity: As a work college, Warren Wilson is not for everyone, and the admissions process is largely about identifying students who will be a good match for the school's ethos. Roughly four out of every five applicants are admitted. Successful applicants tend to have grades in the "B" range or better and above average standardized test scores.