UNCSA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Allen Grove

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Description:

The Univeristy of North Carolina School of the Arts is a public conservatory for the arts located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school first opened in 1965 as the North Carolina School of the Arts, and today it is an internationally recognized arts conservatory and part of the University of North Carolina system. About half of students come from North Carolina, but others come from 45 states and 12 countries.

The application includes an audition/interview as well as the usual academic record and recommendations. UNCSA is small and focused, so prospective students should be certain that they want to explore one of UNCSA's five areas of specialization: dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking or music.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,040 (907 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,139 (in-state); $24,609 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,120 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,779
  • Other Expenses: $4,071
  • Total Cost: $23,239 (in-state); $38,709 (out-of-state)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 78%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 67%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,665
    • Loans: $7,184

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 6%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.uncsa.edu/visitorscenter/mission_statement.htm

"The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation.  UNCSA is the state's unique professional school for the performing, visual and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts."