Admission Review

Admission Review

Competitive Admission

Freshman admission is competitive as there are a limited number of spaces in the class.  The admissions standards depend on the number of applications received and the academic achievements of the applicants. As a result, the standards applied when reviewing applicants’ profiles may change year to year and often change throughout the application cycle. Applying early in the fall of your senior year is encouraged as admission typically becomes more competitive later in the application cycle. 

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)


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. Overall grade point average and performance in core academic courses.
  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 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. SAT -  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. 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.

  4.  ACT - UNC Charlotte does not superscore the ACT but will use the highest composite ACT of all score reports provided.

  5. Test Codes - UNC Charlotte College Board (SAT) code: 5105; ACT code: 3163

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.  Applicants who are not competitive for admission to a more selective major may still be offered admission to the University as an undeclared student.

Freshmen with college credit

Nearly 45% of the freshman class in 2016 entered with some college credit.  Many were awarded credit for AP and IB performance while others had completed college coursework while in high school. For students enrolled in NC community colleges while in high school, we follow the transfer credit policies as defined in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. For other college courses, we evaluate the coursework and award credit based on how it aligns with UNC Charlotte courses. Even if you enter with college credit, you are considered a first-year or freshman applicant if you have not taken any college courses since graduating high school. Your class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, etc.) will be determined based on the amount of transfer credit awarded. If offered admission, students should send official AP or IB scores and college transcripts prior to their orientation so that transfer credits may be evaluated before advising and registration.

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.