*Please visithttps://www.northcarolina.edu/future-students/admission-requirements/ for the most up-to-date information.  Below you will find a snapshot of the minimum requirements for students entering college 2013 and beyond.
    Minimum Graduation Requirements to enter a public 4 year university in NC:

    Six course units in language, including

    • four units in English emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature, and
    • two units of a language other than English.

    Four course units of mathematics, in any of the following combinations:

    • algebra I and II, geometry, and one unit beyond algebra II,
    • algebra I and II, and two units beyond algebra II, or
    • integrated math I, II, and III, and one unit beyond integrated math III.

    (The fourth unit of math affects applicants to all institutions except the North Carolina School of the Arts.) It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course unit in the twelfth grade.

    Three course units in science, including

    • at least one unit in a life or biological science (for example, biology),
    • at least one unit in physical science (for example, physical science, chemistry, physics), and
    • at least one laboratory course.

    Two course units in social studies, including one unit in U.S. history, but an applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. history may be admitted on the condition that at least three semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year.


    (for HS GPA and SAT Scores)

    All applicants for first-time admission as freshmen must meet minimum high school GPA and SAT scores. The minimum SAT score recently increased to 800 or ACT composite of 17 for students entering in Fall 2013 and beyond.


    The minimum high school GPA for first-time freshmen beginning in Fall 2013 is a 2.5 (recently increased).


    The maximum number of chancellor’s exceptions is limited to one percent (1%) of the total number of applicants accepted as new freshmen each year. A chancellor’s exception may be applied to the SAT minimum requirement and/or the GPA minimum requirement.


    Minimum GPA Minimum SAT (Critical Reading + Math) Minimum ACT Composite
    Fall 2009 2.0  700  15
    Fall 2010 2.0  700  15
    Fall 2011 2.3  750  16
    Fall 2012 2.3  750  16
    Fall 2013 and beyond 2.5  800  17



    All applicants for admission to any campus, except those exempted by current campus policies, must submit a standardized test score. The SAT I is preferred, but students may also submit the ACT.

    Students applying for admission for fall 2006 or after, for whom standardized test scores are required, must submit either the new SAT I (which includes the writing component) or the ACT with the writing component. The ACT without the writing component will not be acceptable as a standardized test for admission after the spring semester of 2006.


    All information retreieved from: http://www.northcarolina.edu/aa/admissions/requirements.htm

Last Modified on September 8, 2021