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Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in North Carolina

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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 35.70% and the average admission yield (enrollment rate) is 31.87%.
Duke University has the tighest (lowest) acceptance rate of 7.60% and Duke University has the highest yield (enrollment rate) of 54.31% 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 2019-2020.
Admission Stats Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankName ApplicantsAdmittedEnrolledAcceptance RateEnrollment Rate
1 Duke University41,947 (20,183/21,314) 3,187 (1,602/1,585) 1,731 (877/854) 8% (8%/7%) 54% (55%/4%)
2 Davidson College5,982 (2,725/3,257) 1,080 (491/589) 527 (251/276) 18% (18%/18%) 49% (51%/8%)
3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill42,465 (17,291/25,174) 9,610 (3,954/5,656) 4,182 (1,661/2,521) 23% (23%/22%) 44% (42%/10%)
4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh31,130 (15,548/15,582) 14,050 (6,586/7,464) 4,873 (2,447/2,426) 45% (42%/48%) 35% (37%/16%)
5 Wake Forest University12,559 (5,517/7,042) 3,717 (1,683/2,034) 1,360 (631/729) 30% (31%/29%) 37% (37%/10%)
6 Elon University10,500 (3,709/6,791) 8,236 (2,963/5,273) 1,659 (628/1,031) 78% (80%/78%) 20% (21%/15%)
7 Salem College833 (0/833) 666 (0/666) 109 (0/109) 80% (0%/80%) 16% (0%/13%)
8 Meredith College1,936 (0/1,936) 1,253 (0/1,253) 377 (0/377) 65% (0%/65%) 30% (0%/19%)
9 University of North Carolina Wilmington13,287 (4,850/8,437) 8,697 (3,030/5,667) 2,342 (841/1,501) 65% (62%/67%) 27% (28%/18%)
10 Appalachian State University16,664 (6,751/9,913) 12,800 (4,781/8,019) 3,501 (1,374/2,127) 77% (71%/81%) 27% (29%/21%)
Average17,730 (7,657/7,849)6,330 (2,558/3,677)2,522 (1,089/1,433)35.70% (33.4%/46.8%)31.87% (34.1%/31.2%)

SAT Scores Comparison

The average SAT score of 25th percentile is 1,190 and 75th percentile is 1,361 for best schools in North Carolina. By subject, the average score of the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing is 636 and the average SAT Math score is 640.
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 2019-2020.
SAT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
Evidence-Based Reading and WritingMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2
1Duke University55%
(956)
720770760800
2Davidson College63%
(331)
650730660755
3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill42%
(1,767)
650730660770
4North Carolina State University at Raleigh54%
(2,634)
620690630730
5Wake Forest UniversityTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6Elon University65%
(1,070)
590660570660
7Salem College51%
(56)
460580450560
8Meredith College66%
(250)
520620500600
9University of North Carolina Wilmington46%
(1,085)
590660580660
10Appalachian State University49%
(1,730)
560640540630
Average54.56% 595.56675.56 594.44685.00

*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 71 and 75th percentile is 88 for best schools in North Carolina. By subject, the average ACT Composite score is 27, the average ACT English score is 27, 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 2019-2020.
ACT Score Comparison Between Best Schools In North Carolina
RankNameSubmit%*
(Submit#**)
CompositeEnglishMath
25th 175th 225th 175th 2 25th 175th 2
1Duke University57%
(988)
3335 34363235
2Davidson College46%
(243)
3033 0000
3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill51%
(2,135)
2833 28352632
4North Carolina State University at Raleigh45%
(2,169)
2732 25332631
5Wake Forest UniversityTest Scores Neither required nor recommended for applying to the school.
6Elon University46%
(760)
2530 24322428
7Salem College63%
(69)
1623 15231622
8Meredith College60%
(226)
1825 17251725
9University of North Carolina Wilmington63%
(1,464)
2227 21272126
10Appalachian State University45%
(1,558)
2228 21282126
Average52.89% 24.5629.56 23.1329.88 22.8828.13

*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 2019-2020 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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