UNC ACT Scores and GPA

What are UNC's average ACT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into UNC. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

This school is also known as: Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, UNC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: ACT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Average ACT: 29

The average ACT score composite at UNC is a 29.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 27, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.

In other words, a 27 places you below average, while a 32 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at UNC, but they really want to see at least a 27 to have a chance at being considered.


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Average GPA: 4.63

The average GPA at UNC is 4.63. This makes UNC Extremely Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 4.63, UNC requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 4.63, you'll need a higher ACT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 30%

The acceptance rate at UNC is 30%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 30 are admitted.

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This means the school is quite selective. If you have strong academic scores, you have a great shot at getting in.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is quite selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission. If you're able to score a 32 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in. But if you get a 27 ACT or below, it'll be a steep uphill battle for you to get admitted.



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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in UNC, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to UNC.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than UNC. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1370 1940 31
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1450 2080 31
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1010 1376 30
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for UNC, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1270 1786 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 910 1226 27

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for UNC, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If UNC is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 870 1178 27
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1190 1652 27
Auburn University Auburn University, AL 1250 1742 27
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1330 1874 27
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1230 1726 26

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