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Acceptance Rate 57.2%
Yield (Enrollment Ratio) 21.84%
Applicants 411,215
Admitted 235,214
Enrolled 51,379

Applying To North Carolina Colleges

The average acceptance rate is 57.2% at North Carolina colleges and universities where total 411,215 students have applied and 235,214 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 Rate57.2%
Average Yield (Enrollment Rate)21.84%
Average Test Scores1,078 SAT / 21 ACT

Acceptance Rates and Headcounts

For academic year 2020-2021, total 411,215 students (167,868 men and 243,197 women) applied to and 235,214 (89,567 men and 145,576 women) students were accepted to admit North Carolina Colleges. Among them, 21,762 men and 29,616 women were enrolled into North Carolina schools. The average acceptance rate is 57.20% and admission yield (enrollment rate) is 21.84%. The table below shows the North Carolina colleges admission statistics including admission and enrolment rates.
Admission Statistics for North Carolina Colleges (2020-2021)
TotalMenWomen
Applicants411,215167,868243,197
Admitted235,21489,567145,576
Enrolled51,37921,76229,616
Acceptance Rate 57.20% 53.36% 59.86%
Enrollment Ratio 21.84% 24.30% 20.34%
[Chart]North Carolina Colleges Average Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

For North Carolina college, 24,439 students (53.00% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 23,251 students (46.00%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. For score submitters, SAT 75th percentile score is 1,167 and 25th percentile score is 988. For ACT scores, 75th percentile score is 70 and 25th percentile score is 51. 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 Writing498.00588.00
SAT Math490.00579.00
ACT Composite18.0024.00
ACT Math17.0023.00
ACT English16.0023.00
[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 29 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 Rank423
High School Record (or Transcript)581
Completion of College Preparatory Program1829
Recommendations1617
Formal Demonstration of Competencies17
Admission Test Scores299
TOEFL467
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)41