The Admissions Process

What an exciting time to be exploring UNC Charlotte! With the benefit of a rewarding campus and academic experience paired with the opportunities of a vibrant and dynamic city, students will discover opportunities for a lifetime of success.

The Admissions Process

Admission Criteria

Admission to UNC Charlotte requires graduation from an accredited high school with specific high school academic courses, a competitive cumulative high school GPA in those academic areas, and competitive SAT or ACT test scores. We are looking for credentials that indicate the student will be academically successful throughout college.

To apply, freshmen students must submit the following items. Once all of these are submitted, the application will be considered complete, and will then be reviewed for admission. We recommend that students apply early - in the fall of their Senior year. Freshmen are not eligible to apply for Spring admission.

  1. Online application for admission
  2. Non-refundable $60 application fee
  3. Official high school transcript (An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to UNC Charlotte from the institution attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.)
  4. Official scores for the SAT or ACT

Recommendation letters and essays are not required for admission.

Deadlines and Notifications:

After applications are complete, they are reviewed on a rolling basis, with notification decision deadlines as shown below:

  • Apply by November 1..........Decision by January 30

  • Apply by February 1............Decision by April 1

Applications that are complete after February 1 are reviewed on a space available basis.

Students can check the status of their application at their convenience via the Future 49er portal.

How Competitive is UNC Charlotte?

For freshmen, the middle 50% of our Fall 2016 entering class was:

  • Weighted GPA: 3.8 - 4.5
  • SAT: 1050-1220 (2-part, old SAT) / 1130-1280 (Conversion of old SAT to rSAT)
  • ACT : 22-27 

We strongly encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT. We also encourage you to take one of the tests more than once. Students often score better the second time they take a test.

The state of North Carolina requires minimum course requirements to be considered for admission to any of the 16 NC public institutions. Keep in mind that most admitted freshmen exceed these requirements.


Next Steps After Admittance

Paying for College

UNC Charlotte is one of the best values in higher education. Visit our Paying for College page for the estimated cost of attendance, housing, and meals.

Applying for Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is primarily in the form of student and parent loans plus Pell Grants for lower income families. All freshmen students, regardless of family income, qualify for the Federal Direct Student Loans up to $5,500. The Federal Direct PLUS Loan is available to parents for additional amounts up to total costs. We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine any assistance which may be available. Financial awards will only be sent to the students UNC Charlotte email address.


Apply for all university scholarships using the NinerScholars Portal. The NinerScholars Portal gives students access to more than 1,000 scholarships awarded by UNC Charlotte with one application, through one online system. You do not need an admission decision prior to applying for scholarships.


Students are billed electronically and no paper bills are mailed to the home. Students must establish family members as authorized users before a family member will be able to access and pay on a student's account. Full payment of tuition and fees is due the Wednesday before the first day of class. Payment plans are also available to assist students and their families.


SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration. This program assists students with their transition to UNC Charlotte and allows them to meet with an academic advisor and register for fall classes. Students will also learn important information about the university and all of the services in place to promote success. In order to register for fall semester classes, it is mandatory that all students attend all programs within a SOAR session.

Parent Programs for SOAR

We welcome and encourage parents/family members to join us for Summer Freshmen SOAR program. More than just another campus tour, SOAR introduces parents/family members to many of the academic programs and special services available at UNC Charlotte. Parents/family members will have the opportunity to talk with University administrators, faculty members and Orientation Counselors (OCs) in a specialized and family-tailored environment. There are several opportunities to reconnect throughout the day for students and parents and family members as some informational presentation sessions are not held together.


We have on-campus residence halls, including Learning Communities where students can live with others who have the same major or interests. Our housing consists of high-rise towers, suite style residence halls, and apartments. For information on our residence halls and our service offerings, please visit the Future Resident section of the housing website.

Students will apply for housing using information provided in their acceptance letter from the Undergraduate Admissions Office. There is a separate online application for housing.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, is the United States federal law that provides privacy protection for students regarding various education records. FERPA applies to all educational institutions that receive federal funds. This means that students' educational records are considered confidential.

Generally, parents/guardians are not permitted access to student education records without the student's written and signed consent (for each individual record). Students can receive the consent forms at SOAR.