SAT Scores for Admission to Public Universities in North Carolina

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University. allygirl520 / Flickr

If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the four-year state of North Carolina colleges and universities, here's 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 the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina SAT Scores (mid 50%)
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Appalachian State510620520620--
East Carolina480560490570--
Elizabeth City State390470400480--
Fayetteville State390480400470--
NC A&T State420500430510--
NC Central400470410470--
NC State570660600690--
UNC Asheville530640510610--
UNC Chapel Hill600700610720--
UNC Charlotte510590520610--
UNC Greensboro480570470560--
UNC Pembroke420520420490--
UNC School of the Arts540630490610--
UNC Wilmington560630570630--
Western Carolina450560460560--
Winston-Salem State400470400470--
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If your SAT scores are below the numbers presented here, don't lose all hope. Keep in mind that 25% of applicants have scores that are below those presented here. Even universities that have stated minimum requirements for admission will sometimes enroll students who fail to meet those requirements if the applicants show promise of college success. A strong high school GPA and/or high class rank can help make up for less-than-ideal SAT scores.

In general, it's important to keep in mind that SAT scores are just one part of the application, and they are never the most important part. Good grades in college preparatory classes are a better predictor of college success than SAT scores, and colleges will be impressed by students who do well in challenging courses. Success in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses will show that you are prepared for the challenges of college academics.

The more selective public institutions in North Carolina will also look at holistic measures when evaluating students. A strong application essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and glowing letters of recommendation all help make an application stand out. At UNC School of the Arts and arts programs at other schools, a portfolio or audition can also plan an important role in the admissions equation.

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SAT Score Comparison Tables by State:

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics