Freshman admission is competitive
- The intent of the review is to offer admission to applicants whose credentials indicate a strong likelihood for success in the selected academic program, but it is not possible to accommodate all applicants who meet minimum criteria.
- There are a limited number of spaces in the freshman 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.
Academic profile of admitted students
|PROFILE OF FRESHMEN ADMITTED FALL OF 2020||MIDDLE 50% RANGE|
High School Grade Point Average
Required high school courses
- English: Four units (college preparatory)
- Math: Four units including Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and a fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2.*
- Social Studies: Two units, one of which must be U.S. History
- Science: Three units (a physical science, biological science and a laboratory course)
- 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.
Demonstrated academic performance
- 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 and have completed some advanced courses if available in their school.
- Overall grade point average and performance in core academic courses.
- Senior year course selection. We encourage students to take additional math, science and foreign language courses in the senior year to stretch themselves beyond the minimum requirements.
- Dual enrollment courses. Students who complete college courses while in high school may benefit from submitting their college transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable for the admission review and may be submitted to the Admissions office by email.
- All students will answer a question on the application about their specific interest in UNC Charlotte. This is a great place to share more about your personal interest in the university and in any areas of study you wish to pursue.
- In addition and new for 2021, applicants will be required to respond to one of the essay prompts included in the Common Application for first-year students. Students applying via the Future 49er application or the CFNC application will also be required to submit a response to one of the common essay prompts.
- Essays tell us about your unique experiences, skills and interests. We learn about your background and accomplishments in and outside of school, and how those experiences have shaped your interests for college. Review this page for additional information about the essay.
SAT or ACT scores - optional for 2021
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, submission of test scores is optional for freshmen applying for 2021 terms. Students who have test scores may choose to submit them if they wish to have them considered in the review. Students who submit scores may self report on the application and should review important information about self-reported scores here.
- Students who have not yet been able to test are not encouraged to risk their health and safety for the sake of having a test score. Test scores will not be a primary reason for our admission decision and will only be considered as supplemental information.
- These majors are competitive for admission and require an above average academic profile: Business, Nursing, Computing & Informatics, and Engineering.
- 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 enter with some college credit. Many are 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 an essay or a standardized test score (SAT or ACT).
- You are also not required to meet the fourth unit of math requirement indicated above.