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University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Public


University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a public, state school in an urban setting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. UNCSA was founded in 1963 and now enrolls around 1,070 students a year, including 920 undergrads.

UNCSA offers housing for up to 529 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 95% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of UNCSA's endowment was $82.173 million For each full-time student, UNCSA spends about $22,167. There are 6.39 undergraduate students for every full-time UNCSA professor.

2021 UNCSA Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 36%
Average GPA 3.7
In-State Tuition $6,497
Out-of-State $23,731

2022 UNCSA Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to UNCSA for Fall 2022 is March 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Early Admission at UNCSA

University of North Carolina School of the Arts does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of North Carolina School of the Arts

In 2021, UNCSA accepted 36% of applicants. In 2021, 435 out of 1,197 total applicants were accepted.

UNCSA Waitlist

In 2021, 135 applicants were waitlisted.

How Do I Get Into University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

UNCSA is considered to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UNCSA, applicants must submit the following items.

UNCSA Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0.5
Other Requirements audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

UNCSA Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to UNCSA is 3.7 out of 4.0.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UNCSA.

Is UNCSA Test Optional?

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

Out of all applicants, 59% submitted the SAT. 49% submitted the ACT.

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Does UNCSA Offer On-Campus Housing?

Yes! UNCSA provides on-campus housing for up to 529 students.

UNCSA students are active in the school's A.R.T.S. Club (awareness on social issues through artistic expression), The Artist Underground and Art & Soul. Welcome Back Weekend, FrozeArts, and and Beaux Arts (end of the year celebration) are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UNCSA.

Financial Aid at UNCSA

UNCSA meets 66.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UNCSA full-time are awarded $12,987 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UNCSA a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNCSA

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UNCSA, around 91% return for their sophomore year.

Around 73% of students who started at UNCSA earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UNCSA Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,778 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UNCSA sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UNCSA a good school for you?

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Where is University of North Carolina School of the Arts Located?

UNCSA is located in the urban setting of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

If you want to see UNCSA for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Winston-Salem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Piedmont Triad International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UNCSA and Winston-Salem are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1533 South Main Street PO Box 12189 Winston-Salem, NC 27127-2738

Campus Setting: Urban

UNCSA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNCSA is Mar 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNCSA is Jan 15.

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


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Wondering what life at UNCSA is like? There are approximately 1,070 students enrolled at UNCSA, including 920 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 51% percent are from NC and 49% percent of students are from other states.


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