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Acceptance Rate 54.24%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 23.98%
Applicants 401,717
Admitted 217,888
Enrolled 52,257

Applying To North Carolina Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 54.24% at North Carolina colleges and universities where total 401,717 students have applied and 217,888 have been accepted. The average undergraduate application fees is $61.00 and the graduate application fees is $60.00. Next table presents the general admission information for applying to North Carolina colleges.
General Admission Information of North Carolina Colleges
Open Admission Policy106 out of 176 schools
Average Undergraduate Application Fees$ 61.00
Average Graduate Application Fees$ 60.00
Average Acceptance Rate54.24%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)23.98%
Average Test Scores1,076 SAT / 21 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2020-2021, total 401,717 students (163,107 men and 238,119 women) applied to and 217,888 (83,233 men and 134,637 women) students were accepted to admit North Carolina Colleges. Among them, 22,458 men and 29,799 women were enrolled into North Carolina schools. The average acceptance rate is 54.24% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 23.98%. The table below shows the North Carolina colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for North Carolina Colleges (2020-2021)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants401,717163,107238,119
Admitted217,88883,233134,637
Enrolled52,25722,45829,799
Acceptance Rate 54.24% 51.03% 56.54%
Enrollment Ratio 23.98% 26.98% 22.13%
[Chart]North Carolina Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For North Carolina college, 27,877 students (58.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 24,808 students (50.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,173 and 25th percentile score is 979. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 69 and 25th percentile score is 52. Next table shows the detail SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at North Carolina colleges and universities.
SAT and ACT Score Distribution at North Carolina Colleges
25th Percentile75th Percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing493.00591.00
SAT Math486.00582.00
ACT Composite18.0023.00
ACT Math17.0023.00
ACT English17.0023.00
[Chart] SAT/ACT Distribution - North Carolina Colleges
[Chart] Average SAT Scores - North Carolina Colleges
[Chart] Average ACT Scores - North Carolina Colleges

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

In North Carolina State, 125 schools use semester calendar systems and 4 schools are based on quarter system. Next table lists the number of schools with their calendar systems.
Semester125 out of 176 schools
Quarter4 out of 176 schools
Trimester1 out of 176 schools
Four-one-four plan2 out of 176 schools
Other academic year2 out of 176 schools
Differs by program11 out of 176 schools
Continuous29 out of 176 schools
Un-Known/Other2 out of 176 schools
Next table describes credits that North Carolina colleges and universities are accepting for their students
Dual Credits120 out of 176 schools
Credits for Life Experiences74 out of 176 schools
Advanced placement (AP) Credits125 out of 176 schools
Credit for Military Training117 out of 176 schools

Application Requirements

57 North Carolina schools require High School GPA and 58 schools require High School Record (or Transcript). The test scores such as SAT and ACT are required by 44 North Carolina colleges. Next table summarizes the application requirements for applying to North Carolina colleges.
Admission Checklist for North Carolina Colleges
RequiredRecommended
High School GPA572
High School Rank523
High School Record (or Transcript)581
Completion of College Preparatory Program1830
Recommendations1519
Formal Demonstration of Competencies18
Admission Test Scores447
TOEFL478
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)21