UNC Greensboro: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

UNC Greensboro

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Undergraduates can choose from over 125 majors and concentrations. Popular majors include business administration, biology, psychology, and nursing. UNC at Greensboro has a student/faculty ratio of 17-to-1 and an average class size of 27. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, UNCG was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In athletics, the UNCG Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Considering applying to UNC Greensboro? 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 Greensboro had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 students were admitted, making UNCG's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 9,972
Percent Admitted 82%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 33%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of North Carolina Greensboro requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 65% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 500 590
Math 500 570
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UNC Greensboro'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 UNCG scored between 500 and 590, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 590. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 570, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 570. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1160 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at UNC Greensboro.

Requirements

UNC Greensboro does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that UNCG 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 Greensboro requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 62% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 17 23
Math 18 24
Composite 19 24

This admissions data tells us that most of UNCG's admitted students fall within the top 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UNC Greensboro received a composite ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

UNCG does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of incoming University of North Carolina at Greensboro freshman was 3.65, and over 43% of incoming students had an average GPA of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UNC Greensboro have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to UNC Greensboro. 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 at Greensboro, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Strong grades in challenging classes and solid SAT/ACT scores will be the most important part of your application. UNC Greensboro also offers applicants the opportunity to supplement their applications with an optional application essay as well as letters of recommendation and a resume detailing meaningful extracurricular activities.

Note that some UNCG programs have additional admission requirements, and students need to write a short essay to be considered for scholarships. Music applicants need to audition, and programs such as nursing and interior architecture have a more selective admissions process than the university as a whole. 

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent accepted students. Nearly all successful applicants had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better. You'll notice a bit of red (rejected students) overlapping with the green and blue on the left and lower sections of the graph. This suggests that your chances of admission will improve significantly if your grades and SAT/ACT scores are above these lower ranges.

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