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UNC Asheville Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UNC Asheville, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 1 and the application fee costs $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from UNC Asheville by December 15.

UNC Asheville Admissions Stats at a Glance

UNC Asheville 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1167
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 57%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 56%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UNC Asheville?

University of North Carolina Asheville offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

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.

Is UNC Asheville Hard To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into UNC Asheville. UNC Asheville evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UNC Asheville accepted 79% of students, around 2,474 of the 3,115 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UNC Asheville, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

UNC Asheville has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UNC Asheville Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UNC Asheville

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest 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 Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UNC Asheville Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UNC Asheville must submit the following items. Double check with UNC Asheville'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 minimum course requirement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNC Asheville?

Students admitted to UNC Asheville have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 73% submitted a class rank. At UNC Asheville 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 39% were in the top 25% and 78% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of North Carolina Asheville, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 73%
3.75 and 3.99 23.49%
3.50 and 3.74 25.1%
3.25 and 3.49 16.87%
3.00 and 3.24 15.66%
2.50 and 2.9 11.04%
2.00 and 2.49 1.41%

UNC Asheville considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UNC Asheville is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 57% of UNC Asheville's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 56% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UNC Asheville?

To be competitive with other UNC Asheville applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNC Asheville 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UNC Asheville student is 1167.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNC Asheville students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNC Asheville students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UNC Asheville?

To be most competitive at UNC Asheville, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNC Asheville's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNC Asheville students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to University of North Carolina Asheville

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UNC Asheville.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UNC Asheville during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

UNC Asheville Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UNC Asheville?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UNC Asheville.

Does UNC Asheville accept transfer credits?

UNC Asheville accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UNC Asheville accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UNC Asheville?

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

What is UNC Asheville's acceptance rate?

UNC Asheville's acceptance rate is 79%.

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UNC Asheville Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

79%

How hard is it to get into UNC Asheville? UNC Asheville is a somewhat selective institution. The UNC Asheville acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.

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UNC Asheville Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNC Asheville is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNC Asheville is Apr 15.

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

UNC Asheville ACT Scores

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ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above

Good

21 to 28

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Asheville is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Asheville. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Asheville SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250

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Math SAT Range

520 - 620

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above

Good

1070 to 1250

Avg

1070 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Asheville students is 1167. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Asheville, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNC Asheville.

UNC Asheville GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.47

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNC Asheville, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.47. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,363

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

79%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,244

Out-of-State

$24,592

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Application Deadline

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