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University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Public

UNCSA Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to UNCSA, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is March 15 and the fee for the application costs $95.

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 receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

UNCSA Admissions Stats at a Glance

UNCSA 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 59%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 49%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to UNCSA?

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

In 2021, UNCSA waitlisted 135 students. Of those, 135 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does UNCSA Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 shine.

Admissions Factors at UNCSA

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

UNCSA 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Other Requirements audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNCSA?

Students admitted to UNCSA have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of North Carolina School of the Arts, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 20.28%
3.50 and 3.74 19.81%
3.25 and 3.49 10.85%
3.00 and 3.24 6.6%
2.50 and 2.9 5.66%
2.00 and 2.49 0.95%

UNCSA does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UNCSA is 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, 59% of UNCSA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 49% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UNCSA?

To be competitive with other UNCSA applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNCSA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNCSA students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNCSA students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UNCSA?

To be most competitive at UNCSA, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNCSA's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UNCSA students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of North Carolina School of the Arts

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is January 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UNCSA during the following terms: - Fall Term

UNCSA Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UNCSA?

Students who are admitted to UNCSA must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does UNCSA accept transfer credits?

UNCSA accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UNCSA accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to UNCSA?

No, UNCSA is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UNCSA's acceptance rate?

UNCSA's acceptance rate is 36%.

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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



ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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22 to 29


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1110 - 1300


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNCSA, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.69. 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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