Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applying for Admission

The following is required to complete your application packet for admission:

1. Complete and submit your online application. 

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

2. Pay the $60 application fee.

3. Submit an official high school transcript

    • High school transcripts must be mailed directly from the high school. Schools using PowerSchool, Naviance, or CFNC may submit electronic transcripts through those electronic delivery systems.

4. Submit official SAT or ACT test scores.

    • Test scores must be sent directly to UNC Charlotte from the College Board (SAT) or ACT. (Please see details below regarding the Redesigned SAT)
    • Screen shots or score reports sent to the student are not considered official and will not be accepted.

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.

**Undergraduate Admissions utilizes the document receipt date for all deadlines; therefore, please allow at least 3 weeks for mailed documents and at least 2 weeks for electronic test scores to be received by our office.

November 1 January 30
February 1 April 1

Deadlines 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

3.8-4.5 wtd

3.2-3.7 unwtd

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

1050-1220 (2-part, old SAT)

1130-1280 (Conversion* of old to new rSAT)



* Use this tool to convert your SAT scores (old to new and new to old)

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. Applicants are NOT be required to submit the optional Essay portion of the SAT or ACT. Applicants should take the new test, but may also submit scores from the pre-2016 version, knowing that UNC Charlotte will use scores from either one in a way that advantages the applicant.
  3. UNC Charlotte College Board (SAT) code: 5105; ACT code: 3163

Redesigned SAT (rSAT)

  • The Redesigned SAT (rSAT) was launched by the College Board in March 2016.
  • UNC Charlotte will accept both the old SAT (test administered prior to Feb. 2016) and the rSAT (test administered March 2016 and beyond) for 2017 admission.
  • While UNC Charlotte will continue to superscore the SAT, we will not superscore the two versions together. 
  • We will superscore the old SAT with other administrations of the old SAT and we will superscore the rSAT with other administrations of the rSAT only.
  • UNC Charlotte does not superscore the ACT but will use the highest composite ACT score of all score reports provided.

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.