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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 4-Year Public

UNC Chapel Hill Admissions

If you want to apply to UNC Chapel Hill, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $85.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from UNC Chapel Hill by March 31.

UNC Chapel Hill Admissions Stats at a Glance

UNC Chapel Hill 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 74%
Mean SAT Score 1360
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 70%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UNC Chapel Hill?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is October 15, which is coming up fast! UNC Chapel Hill will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

UNC Chapel Hill accepts about 3% of early action applicants and 24% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, UNC Chapel Hill admitted 8,683 of the 28,856 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Getting into UNC Chapel Hill is very difficult. UNC Chapel Hill evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UNC Chapel Hill accepted 24% of students, around 10,446 of the 44,382 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UNC Chapel Hill, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT. Admissions to journalism, communications, math, nursing, pharmacy, public health, education programs is program extremely difficult.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. For applicants who are not residents of North Carolina, getting into The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is extremely difficult.

In 2021, UNC Chapel Hill waitlisted 5,572 students. Of those, 3,717 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to UNC Chapel Hill?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UNC Chapel Hill

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

UNC Chapel Hill Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UNC Chapel Hill must submit the following items. Double check with UNC Chapel Hill's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselors statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNC Chapel Hill?

Students admitted to UNC Chapel Hill have an average unweighted GPA of 4.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 1% submitted a class rank. At UNC Chapel Hill 74% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 1%
3.75 and 3.99 3%
3.50 and 3.74 2%
3.25 and 3.49 1%
3.00 and 3.24 1%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

UNC Chapel Hill does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UNC Chapel Hill does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 65% of UNC Chapel Hill's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 70% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UNC Chapel Hill?

To be competitive with other UNC Chapel Hill applicants, you should strive to earn between 1270 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNC Chapel Hill 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1270, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNC Chapel Hill student is 1360.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNC Chapel Hill students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNC Chapel Hill students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UNC Chapel Hill?

To be most competitive at UNC Chapel Hill, you should strive to earn between 27 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNC Chapel Hill's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNC Chapel Hill students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UNC Chapel Hill.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UNC Chapel Hill during the following terms: - Fall Term - Summer Term

UNC Chapel Hill Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UNC Chapel Hill?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UNC Chapel Hill.

Does UNC Chapel Hill accept transfer credits?

UNC Chapel Hill accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UNC Chapel Hill accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does UNC Chapel Hill accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UNC Chapel Hill accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UNC Chapel Hill?

UNC Chapel Hill is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is UNC Chapel Hill's acceptance rate?

UNC Chapel Hill's acceptance rate is 24%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UNC Chapel Hill?

The early action acceptance rate at UNC Chapel Hill was 3% in 2021.

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UNC Chapel Hill Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UNC Chapel Hill? UNC Chapel Hill is a very selective institution. The UNC Chapel Hill acceptance rate is 24%. This means that the institution accepts 23 out of every 100 applicants.



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UNC Chapel Hill Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNC Chapel Hill is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNC Chapel Hill is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UNC Chapel Hill ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


27 to 33


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Chapel Hill is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Chapel Hill. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Chapel Hill SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1460


Math SAT Range

630 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1270 to 1460


1270 and Less


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Chapel Hill students is 1360. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Chapel Hill, while applicants with SAT scores between 1270 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1270 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC Chapel Hill GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNC Chapel Hill, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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