Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applying for Admission

The freshman admission application for 2016 is open.

Please note: Freshmen are not eligible to apply for the Spring or Summer I terms.

The following is required to complete your application for admission:

1. Complete and submit your online application.

2. Pay the $60 application fee.

3. Submit an official high school transcript

    • High school transcripts must be mailed directly from the high school. North Carolina schools using NCWISE may submit electronic transcripts through the NCWISE electronic delivery system.

4. Submit official SAT or ACT test scores.

    • Test scores must be sent directly to UNC Charlotte from the College Board (SAT) or ACT. 
    • Screen shots or score reports sent to the student are not considered official and will not be accepted.
    • Update: October 27, 2015: The College Board has assured us that we will receive test scores from students who took the October SAT by November 1 (as long as you previously requested that your scores be sent to UNC Charlotte).

Essays and letters of recommendation are not required. Please check your Future 49er Portal to ensure all documents have been received. The portal is updated in real time.

Deadlines and Notifications:

*A complete application (application, fee, transcript, and test scores) must be submitted by the deadlines below in order to receive a decision by the notification date.

November 1** January 30
February 1 April 1

** Decisions are not binding.

Applications complete after February 1st will be reviewed after April 1 on a rolling basis (decisions will be made in the order that the completed applications are received). 

Average GPA & Test Scores


High School Grade Point Average

3.7- 4.3 wtd

3.2 -3.7 unwtd

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

1540-1770 (3-Part)     

1040-1200 (2-Part)   



NOTE: Admission to UNC Charlotte has become increasingly competitive. Because of the limited number of spaces available in our incoming freshman class, applicants who apply late in the admissions cycle are expected to present an academic profile that exceeds our freshman averages (see chart above). If your grades and test scores do not meet this elevated criteria, we encourage you to consider future transfer options. Many students attend another university or a community college for one year, transfer to UNC Charlotte, and fulfill their educational goals. Please review our transfer student admission criteria for more information.

Required High School Courses

  1. English: Four units (college preparatory)
  2. Math: Four units including Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and a fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2.*
  3. Social studies: Two units, one of which must be U.S. History
  4. Science: Three units (a physical science, biological science and a laboratory course)
  5. Foreign language: Two units of the same foreign language

* Note: NC public high school students must take a specific fourth math to meet the math requirement. NC students taking transferable math courses at a NC community college must take one of the approved NCCC math courses.

Admission Decisions Are Based On

High School Performance

  1. Academic courses in grades 9–11. Applicants must have the required high school courses listed above. Most applicants we admit exceed the minimum courses required.
  2. Grade point average.
  3. Senior year course selection. In addition to English, we encourage students to take additional math, science and foreign language courses in the senior year. We also expect a solid schedule of academic courses in the Spring semester.

SAT or ACT Scores

  1. We strongly encourage students to take both the SAT* and ACT. We also encourage you to take one of the tests more than once.
  2. UNC Charlotte College Board (SAT) code: 5105; ACT code: 3163

*In March of 2016, the College Board will launch a redesigned SAT; however, this new test won't be used for admitting students applying for 2016 admission.

Competitive Majors

These majors are competitive for admission and require an above average academic profile:  Business, Nursing, Computing & Informatics, and Engineering.  Click here for engineering-specific requirements.

Internationally-educated students

If you attended a high school outside the US, you must submit a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation of your academics. We recommend using IEEEducational Perspectives, or ECE for the evaluation. The evaluation must include an overall GPA.

Students Over the Age of 24:

If you attempted or earned college credit after high school graduation:

  • Apply using the online transfer application.
  • Submit an official high school transcript.
  • Submit an official transcript from all colleges attended.

If you did NOT attempt or earn college credit after high school graduation:

  • Apply using the freshman application.
  • Submit an official high school transcript.
  • You are not required to submit a standardized test score (SAT or ACT).
  • You are also not required to meet the fourth unit of math requirement indicated above.