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Acceptance Rate and Application Statistics

The following table compares the admission related statistics including number of applicants, admitted, and enrolled between best schools in North Carolina. The average acceptance rate of best schools in North Carolina is 36.71% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 27.51%.
Duke University has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 6.00% and Duke University has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 59.99% among best schools in North Carolina. The numbers in parenthesis() in below table represent the number and rate by gender (men/women). The statistics is based on the latest data from IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education for academic year 2021-2022.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Duke University49,703 (23,096/26,607) 2,982 (1,386/1,596) 1,789 (818/958) 6% (6%/6%) 60% (59%/4%)
2 Davidson College6,434 (2,934/3,500) 1,158 (528/630) 556 (259/296) 18% (18%/18%) 48% (49%/8%)
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill50,729 (20,277/30,452) 10,146 (4,055/6,395) 4,566 (1,744/3,006) 20% (20%/21%) 45% (43%/10%)
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh32,998 (15,714/17,284) 15,509 (6,600/9,161) 4,963 (2,376/2,657) 47% (42%/53%) 32% (36%/15%)
5 Wake Forest University15,156 (6,680/8,476) 3,789 (1,603/2,204) 1,402 (609/793) 25% (24%/26%) 37% (38%/9%)
6 Elon University17,834 (6,434/11,400) 13,911 (4,890/9,006) 1,530 (636/991) 78% (76%/79%) 11% (13%/9%)
7 Salem College479 (0/479) 431 (0/431) 47 (0/47) 90% (0%/90%) 11% (0%/10%)
8 Meredith College1,706 (0/1,706) 1,194 (0/1,194) 346 (0/346) 70% (0%/70%) 29% (0%/20%)
9 University of North Carolina Wilmington15,792 (5,575/10,217) 10,739 (3,401/7,356) 2,470 (816/1,618) 68% (61%/72%) 23% (24%/16%)
10 Appalachian State University21,120 (8,611/12,509) 17,952 (6,889/11,008) 4,129 (1,722/2,312) 85% (80%/88%) 23% (25%/18%)
Average21,195 (8,932/9,095)7,781 (2,975/4,775)2,676 (1,123/1,579)36.71% (33.3%/52.5%)27.51% (30.2%/26.5%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,196 and 75th percentile is 1,354 for best schools in North Carolina. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 639 and the average SAT Math score is 636.
has the highest SAT scores of -1 and has the lowest SAT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in North Carolina. The following table compares SAT Scores between best schools in North Carolina for academic year 2021-2022.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Duke University47%
(823)
725765743793
2Davidson CollegeNo applicants have submitted SAT score or the school did not report its score distribution.
3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2%
(108)
570680570700
4North Carolina State University at Raleigh21%
(1,045)
630700640740
5Wake Forest UniversityNo applicants have submitted SAT score or the school did not report its score distribution.
6Elon UniversityTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
7Salem College13%
(6)
555605498595
8Meredith College15%
(52)
560650538623
9University of North Carolina Wilmington8%
(185)
610670600660
10Appalachian State University9%
(361)
570650560650
Average16.43% 602.86674.29 592.71680.14

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

ACT Scores Comparison

The average ACT score of 25th percentile is 70 and 75th percentile is 85 for best schools in North Carolina. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 27, the average ACT English score is 26, and the average ACT Math score is 26.
has the highest ACT scores of -1 and has the lowest ACT scores of 1,000,000 among best schools in North Carolina. The following table compares ACT Scores between best schools in North Carolina for academic year 2021-2022.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Duke University46%
(810)
3335 34363235
2Davidson CollegeNo applicants have submitted ACT score or the school did not report its score distribution.
3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill12%
(543)
2227 20262227
4North Carolina State University at Raleigh34%
(1,725)
2732 25332631
5Wake Forest UniversityNo applicants have submitted ACT score or the school did not report its score distribution.
6Elon UniversityTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
7Salem College21%
(10)
1721 14221620
8Meredith College29%
(99)
2329 21292127
9University of North Carolina Wilmington19%
(451)
2428 22282427
10Appalachian State University23%
(961)
2429 22282227
Average26.29% 24.2928.71 22.5728.86 23.2927.71

*Number of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

**Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students submitting SAT scores.

125th Percentile: 25% of students scored at or below.

275th Percentile: 25% of students scored above.

Application Requirements

The following table list and compare the requirements when applying best schools in North Carolina based on academic year 2021-2022 data.
Application Requirements Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
Rank NameHS GPAHS RankHS Record Prep. ProgramRec.Compe.SAT/ACTTOEFL
1 Duke University
2 Davidson College
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
5 Wake Forest University
6 Elon University
7 Salem College
8 Meredith College
9 University of North Carolina Wilmington
10 Appalachian State University

: Required : Considered but not Required : Recommended : Neither Required nor Recommended

  • HS GPA: High School or Secondary School GPA
  • HS Rank: High School or Secondary School Rank
  • HS Record: High School or Secondary School Record
  • Prep. Program: Completion of College Preparatory Program
  • Rec.: Recommendations
  • Comp.: Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)
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