UNC Charlotte Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

University of North Carolina Charlotte
University of North Carolina Charlotte. chucka_nc / Flickr

The University of North Carolina Charlotte has moderately selectively admissions. Admitted students tended to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. Strong grades in challenging college preparatory classes and solid SAT/ACT scores will be the most important part of your application. The university does not require an essay or letters or recommendation. Note that Art, Architecture, and Music have additional application requirements such as portfolios and auditions. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

UNC Charlotte Admissions Statistics 2017-18

UNC Charlotte is much less selective than the flagship campus at Chapel Hill, but students will still need solid grades and test scores to be admitted. For students entering the university in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 66%. Below are standardized test score percentiles for admitted students.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 630
Math 550 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little above 500 for each section, so you can see that most admitted UNC Charlotte students had above-average scores. If you compare SAT scores for the 16 public universities in North Carolina, you'll see that only a few schools are more selective than UNC Charlotte.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 25
Math 21 26
Composite 22 26

An average ACT composite score is 21, so as with the SAT, admitted students tend to perform at least a little above average. Note that the ACT is slightly more popular than the SAT among UNC Charlotte applicants, but the university will consider either exam.

UNC Charlotte Description

Located in North Carolina's largest city, UNC Charlotte has grown from a small teacher's college to a large comprehensive university since its founding in 1946. The university is made up of seven colleges, and undergraduates can choose from over 90 Bachelor's degree programs. Preprofessional fields in business, communications, criminal justice, education and nursing are among the most popular with undergraduates. The university has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the Charlotte 49ers compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA (C-USA).

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 29,317 (23,914 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male / 47 percent female
  • 86 percent full-time

Costs (2017-18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,853 (in-state); $20,287 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,432
  • Other Expenses: $3,159
  • Total Cost: $23,694 (in-state); $37,128 (out-of-state)

UNC Charlotte Financial Aid (2016-17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58 percent
    • Loans: 58 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,385
    • Loans: $6,916

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Studies, Elementary Education, English, Exercise Science, Finance, History, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Track and Field, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics