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Colleges / University of North Carolina School of the Arts

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate30%
Acceptance Rate30%

UNCSA Admissions

If you want to apply to UNCSA, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is March 15 and the application fee costs $95.

Students who apply to UNCSA for fall semester should hear back from UNCSA by April 1.

UNCSA Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UNCSA's admissions stats.

UNCSA 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 13%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist Yes

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes March 19 April 1

Applying Early to UNCSA?

UNCSA does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on University of North Carolina School of the Arts Admissions

Transferring to University of North Carolina School of the Arts

For more information on transferring to University of North Carolina School of the Arts, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to UNCSA

In 2022, UNCSA waitlisted 175 students and 175 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 22 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into UNCSA?

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 given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UNCSA

What does UNCSA consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Interview Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important

Make sure to check with UNCSA for more information on admission factors.

UNCSA Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UNCSA?

Students admitted to UNCSA have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

UNCSA considers 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 2022, 13% of UNCSA's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UNCSA?

To be competitive with other UNCSA applicants, you should strive to score between 1175 and 1355 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UNCSA 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1355 and 25% of scored lower than 1175, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UNCSA students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 595 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UNCSA students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 595 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UNCSA?

To be most competitive at UNCSA, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UNCSA'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 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.

More Information on 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 19.

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 • DSST/DANTES

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 include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send 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 30%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UNCSA?

❌ UNCSA does not offer early decision.

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UNCSA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jan 19

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNCSA is Jan 19.

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



ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


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Composite SAT Range

1175 - 1355


Math SAT Range

565 - 690


Reading SAT Range

595 - 690


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UNCSA, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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