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Minimum Course Requirements for Undergraduate Admission to UNC Institutions
Note: Minimum course requirements for degree-seeking applicants for first-time undergraduate
admission. An institution may add specific requirements.
To be considered for admission, students will need to submit the SAT I or ACT with the Writing Component. The ACT without the Writing Component will not be accepted.
course units of
in any of the following
course units in
course units in
4 units in
emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature
2 units of a
language other than English
Common Core I, II, III
Algebra I and II, Geometry, and one unit beyond Algebra II
Algebra I and II, and two units beyond Algebra II or
Integrated Math I, II and III, and one unit beyond integrated Math III
At least one unit in a life or
(for example, Biology)
At least one unit in
(for example, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics)
At least one
One unit in
An applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. History may be admitted on the condition that at least three semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year.)
(The fourth unit of math affects applicants to all institutions except the North Carolina School of the Arts.)
In some cases, students may combine math courses from the different combinations listed above to meet the requirement. It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course unit in the 12th grade.
A first-time undergraduate shall be defined as a degree-seeking student with no prior post-secondary experience (after high school) attending any institution for the first time at an undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs. It also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer.
"Course units" as defined in these requirements may include those high school-level courses taken and passed by an applicant after graduating from high school, as well as those taken while enrolled as a high school student. For some transfer students and students who graduated from high school prior to 1990, special considerations have been made.
Minimum Admissions Requirements (for HS GPA and SAT/ACT scores) for first-time admission as undergraduates to UNC Institutions
Minimum GPA (Weighted)
The SAT score scale on which this minimum standard is based is the sum of the critical reading and mathematics subtests, a sum that has a possible range of 400-1600. The ACT score scale on which this minimum standard is based is the average (rounded to the nearest whole number) of the four subtests, and the possible range is 1-36.
The standards may be met by a "superscore," defined as a combination of subtests from more than one administration of the same test. However, the SAT scores may not be calculated by conversion of ACT scores, or vice versa.
The weighted GPA, as calculated from an unweighted base scale of four points, where added weighting is applied to accelerated, honors, and dual enrollment coursework.
Entrance Requirements for Transfer between a NC Community College and a UNC Institution
For students interested in transferring to a University of North Carolina institution upon attaining an Associate degree from the North Carolina Community College System, read more about the
Transfer Assured Admissions Policy.
Entrance Requirements for the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Entrance requirements for North Carolina's 36 independent colleges and universities vary among institutions. Prospective students should contact the admissions office at individual colleges and universities to determine specific entrance requirements. Additional information is available on the colleges' web sites, which are accessible through this site.
Open Door Admissions Policy for the North Carolina Community College System
The colleges of the North Carolina Community College System maintain an "Open Door" admissions policy. This policy provides for the admission of any persons who are 18 or over or who have attained a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
Admission to a college does not imply admission to all programs of study as selected programs have limited enrollment.
Applicants 18 or older who do not have a high school diploma or GED may enroll in classes leading to a high school equivalency (GED) certificate or an Adult High School diploma.
For more information, contact the admission office at the college where you wish to apply.
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