The Admissions Process

What an exciting time to be exploring UNC Charlotte!

With the benefit of a rewarding campus and academic experience paired with the opportunities of a vibrant and dynamic city, students will discover opportunities for a lifetime of success.  

Admission Criteria

Admission to Charlotte requires graduation from an accredited high school with specific high school academic courses and a competitive cumulative high school GPA in those academic areas. While students may submit SAT or ACT scores, Charlotte will remain test-optional for incoming students through Fall 2024. We are looking for credentials that indicate the student will be academically successful throughout college.

To apply, students must submit the following items. Once all items are submitted, the application will be considered complete and will then be reviewed for admission. We recommend that all student types apply early!

First-Year Students:
  • Online application for admission
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Official high school transcript 
    • An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to Charlotte from the institution attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.
  • One required essay
  • Optional Additional Materials:
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • Recommendation letters
Transfer Students:
  • Online application for admission
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to Charlotte from the institution attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.
    • Don't wait until the end of the semester to submit your transcript with courses in progress. Send a transcript at the time you apply and again at the end of your current semester.

Deadlines and Notifications:

First-Year Students

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with students receiving notification by the below deadlines as shown below:

Apply By Decision By:
Nov. 1 Jan. 30
Feb. 1 April 1

Applications that are complete after Feb. 1 are reviewed on a space-available basis.

Transfer Students

Once we receive all required transcripts, the review process normally takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Please know that processing times may vary throughout the year, with priority given to applications for the upcoming term.

Students can check the status of their application via the Future 49er Portal.


How Competitive is UNC Charlotte?

For freshmen, the middle 50% of our fall entering class was:

  • Weighted GPA: 3.7 - 4.3
  • SAT: 1110-1290 (optional 2022)
  • ACT : 22-28 (optional 2022)

We strongly encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT. We also encourage you to take one of the tests more than once. Students often score better the second time they take a test. Submitting test scores remains optional for 2023.

The state of North Carolina requires minimum course requirements be considered for admission to any of the state's 16 public institutions. Keep in mind that most admitted first-year students exceed these requirements.