UNC SAT Scores and GPA

What are UNC's average SAT 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: SAT 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 SAT: 1347

The average SAT score composite at UNC is a 1347.

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UNC SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1260, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1440.

In other words, a 1260 places you below average, while a 1440 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute SAT requirement at UNC, but they really want to see at least a 1260 to have a chance at being considered.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math672620720
Reading + Writing675640720
Composite134712601440

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Average GPA: 4.67

The average GPA at UNC is 4.67. 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 4.67, 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 4.67, you'll need a higher SAT 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: 23.7%

The acceptance rate at UNC is 23.7%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, 23.7 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 1440 SAT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in. But if you get a 1260 SAT or below, it'll be a steep uphill battle for you to get admitted.


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  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
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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 have higher average SAT scores than UNC. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1435 31
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1430 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1400 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 1390 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 ACT Avg
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 1365 29
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1365 31
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1361 29
George Washington University Washington, DC 1355 30
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 1350 30
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1347 30
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1345 32

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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 ACT Avg
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1247 28
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26

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