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College/University Admissions: (Minimum Requirements for UNC System Schools)Minimum Course Requirements for Undergraduate Admission to UNC Institutions
Note: Minimum course requirements for degree-seeking applicants for first-time undergraduate1 admission. An institution may add specific requirements.To be considered for admission, students will need to submit the SAT I or ACT with the Writing Component. The ACT without the Writing Component will not be accepted.
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- 4 units in Englishemphasizing grammar, composition, and literature
- 2 units of a language other than English
- Algebra I and II, Geometry, and one unit beyond Algebra II
- Algebra I and II, and two units beyond Algebra II or
- Integrated Math I, II and III, and one unit beyond integrated Math III
- At least one unit in a life or biological science (for example, Biology)
- At least one unit in physical science (for example, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics)
- At least one laboratory course
(Note: An applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. History may be admitted on the condition that at least three semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year.)
- One unit in U.S. History
(The fourth unit of math affects applicants to all institutions except the North Carolina School of the Arts.) In some cases, students may combine math courses from the different combinations listed above to meet the requirement. It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course unit in the 12th grade.1A first-time undergraduate shall be defined as a degree-seeking student with no prior post-secondary experience (after high school) attending any institution for the first time at an undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs. It also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer.2"Course units" as defined in these requirements may include those high school-level courses taken and passed by an applicant after graduating from high school, as well as those taken while enrolled as a high school student. For some transfer students and students who graduated from high school prior to 1990, special considerations have been made.
Student’s Age and College Credits Minimum GPA and SAT/ACT Requirements for First-time Admission as an Undergraduate to UNC Institutions High School GPA Test Scores 20* years and younger with fewer than 24 transferable credits 2.5 cumulative weighted GPA SAT of 880 on new or 800 on old version (verbal and math) or ACT composite of 17 21* years or older Exempt from minimum High School GPA, test scores and course requirements^ Any age with 24* or more transferable college credits (does not include AP, IB or credit by exam) Exempt from minimum High School GPA, test scores and course requirements^ Active duty service member or veteran with 3* or more years of active duty service Exempt from minimum High School GPA, test scores and course requirements^* Criteria must be met by the time of enrollment at the UNC institution.^ Being exempt from these requirements does not guarantee admission. While applicants are not required to meet these GPA, test score and course requirements, institutions will only admit applicants who meet all campus-specific admission requirements.
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