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 UNC Charlotte requires graduation from an accredited high school with specific high school academic courses, a competitive cumulative high school GPA in those academic areas, and competitive SAT or ACT test scores. We are looking for credentials that indicate the student will be academically successful throughout college.

To apply, freshmen students must submit the following items. Once all of these are submitted, the application will be considered complete, and will then be reviewed for admission. We recommend that students apply early - in the fall of their Senior year. Freshmen interested in applying for Spring admission, contact our office and speak to an admissions counselor.

  1. Online application for admission
  2. Non-refundable $75 application fee
  3. Official high school transcript (An official transcript is a sealed record sent directly to UNC Charlotte from the institution attended. You can send them yourself if the envelope has not been opened.)
  4. One required essay

Recommendation letters and official SAT or ACT test scores are OPTIONAL for 2021.

Deadlines and Notifications:

After applications are complete, they are reviewed on a rolling basis, with notification decision deadlines as shown below:

  • Apply by November 1..........Decision by January 30

  • Apply by February 1............Decision by April 1

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

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 is optional for 2022.

The state of North Carolina requires minimum course requirements to be considered for admission to any of the 16 NC public institutions. Keep in mind that most admitted freshmen exceed these requirements.