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UNCW Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into UNCW? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 6,976 out of 11,444 applicants or 61% were admitted making UNCW a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. University of North Carolina at Wilmington typically accepts and attracts A average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 7,559 3,885 11,444
Accepted 4,593 2,383 6,976
Acceptance Rate 61% 61% 61%
Enrolled 1,247 782 2,029
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 33% 29%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to University of North Carolina at Wilmington and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that UNCW regularly accepts students with ACTs of 23 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 68 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. 42 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1180 1340
SAT Reading 600 680
SAT Math 580 650
ACT Composite 23 27
ACT English 21 27
ACT Math 22 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >73%
25 to 27 Avg + 61%-73%
23 to 25 Avg - 48%-61%
21 to 23 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 21 Low <35%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >73%
1260 to 1340 Avg + 61%-73%
1180 to 1260 Avg - 48%-61%
1100 to 1180 Reach 35%-48%
Less than 1100 Low <35%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of North Carolina at Wilmington was 4.06 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UNCW accepts 61% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 78% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 5% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 2% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Reach

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of North Carolina at Wilmington and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199218 IPEDS survey data for University of North Carolina at Wilmington.