UNC Charlotte: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 65%. 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 comprised of seven colleges, and undergraduates can choose from over 75 bachelor's degree programs. Majors in business and computer science are among the most popular with undergraduates. On the athletic front, the Charlotte 49ers compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA (C-USA).

Considering applying to UNC Charlotte? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UNC Charlotte had an acceptance rate of 65%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 65 students were admitted, making UNC Charlotte's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 21,867
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 26%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75h Percentile
ERW 560 640
Math 560 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UNC Charlotte's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to UNC Charlotte scored between 560 and 640, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 650, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 650. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1290 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Requirements

UNC Charlotte does not require the optional SAT essay section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UNCC participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

UNC Charlotte requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 61% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 22 27
Composite 22 26

This admissions data tells us that most of UNC Charlotte's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UNCC received a composite ACT score between 22 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that UNC Charlotte superscores ACT results; your highest subscore from each ACT section will be considered. UNC Charlotte does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of UNC Charlotte's incoming freshmen class was 3.92, and over 70% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of North Carolina Charlotte has moderately selectively admissions. Admitted students tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are a little above average. Strong grades in challenging 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.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As the data points show, most admitted students had high school grade point averages of "B" or higher, SAT scores of 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or better. Your chances are best if your numbers are a little above this range.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue of the graph. This is because the UNC Charlotte admissions process isn't based entirely on grades and test scores. Applicants must have completed the required number of college preparatory courses (four units of English, four units of math, two units of social studies, three units of science, and two units of the same foreign language). The admissions officers will also be looking for students who continue to take the most challenging coursework during their senior year, and successful applicants often complete additional math, science, and language courses beyond the minimum requirements.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Undergraduate Admissions Office.