The UNC Policy Manual
Policy on Minimum
Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Admission for the
University of North
Purpose. The University of North Carolina (UNC) Board
of Governors has, since 1988, established minimum requirements for
undergraduate admission to any constituent institution. These requirements serve to provide a common
set of minimum standards to be considered for admission as an undergraduate
student. Exceptions and special considerations to these minimum eligibility
requirements are provided in Sections 700.1.1.1[R], 700.1.1.2[R], 700.7.1, and
700.7.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual. Any
constituent institution may set admissions requirements that exceed the
minimums established in this policy upon the approval of their board of
II. High School Diploma. All students should hold a high
school diploma or its equivalent.
Course Requirements. The following courses must be completed at the high school
level, although those courses may be completed at an earlier time (e.g., middle
English: four course units emphasizing grammar,
composition, and literature.
Mathematics: four course units in any of the following
1. Algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and
one unit beyond algebra II; or
I, algebra II, and two units beyond algebra II; or
core math I, II, and III, and one unit beyond common core math III; or
math I, II, III, and one unit beyond integrated math III; or
5. NC Math
1, 2, 3, and one unit beyond NC Math 3 identified as meeting the 4th
level mathematics requirement for admission to UNC System institutions.
Science: three course
units, including at least:
1. One life science unit (e.g., biology, ecology,
non-life science unit
(e.g., astronomy, chemistry, earth science,
environmental science, physical
science, physics); and
laboratory science unit.
Social Studies: two course
units, including one unit in U.S. history.
[For students applying for first-time (freshman) admission
to constituent institutions through the 2024 spring semester:]
Two course units of a language other than English.
students applying for first-time (freshman) admission to constituent
institutions after the 2024 spring semester:]
academic courses from English, mathematics, science, social studies, world
languages, or computer science. (Note: these courses should be
selected in alignment with a student’s academic and career objectives. Completion
of two sequential world language courses is recommended.)
F. Applicants who require special consideration: Constituent
institutions shall develop a policy for evaluating applications from students
who have not completed all minimum course requirements and shall at least
include provisions addressing students with a documented Individualized
Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan. The institutional policy shall be approved by
the board of trustees in accordance with regulations promulgated by the
Courses. While the minimum course requirements serve
as the cornerstone of the UNC System admissions policy, students are encouraged
to pursue a challenging and rigorous high school curriculum aligned with their
academic and career objectives. Completion of the minimum course requirements
does not guarantee admission to any individual UNC System institution. As such,
students should consult with their high school counselor regarding additional
courses recommended by individual UNC System institutions. Additionally, students
Consider taking the most rigorous courses
available at their high school that they can successfully complete.
Ensure to complete an academically challenging
course load in their senior year, even if they have completed the minimum
School Grade Point Average and Standardized Test Scores. Students must meet
either the minimum high school grade point average (GPA) or standardized
test score in order to be considered for admission.
All applicants for admission, except those exempted by current UNC policy or
regulation, must submit a standardized test score, even if they satisfy the
minimum eligibility requirement through the high school GPA.
High School GPA: A
minimum weighted GPA of 2.5; or
Scores: A composite ACT score of 19, or combined SAT (mathematics and
evidence-based reading and writing) of 1010.
Exceptions: The maximum number of chancellor’s exceptions is limited to one
percent of the total number of applicants accepted as first-time undergraduates
each year. A chancellor’s exception may be applied to the SAT/ACT minimum
requirement or the high school GPA minimum requirement.
V. Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early
College). Each UNC constituent
institution must offer to any student who graduated from a cooperative
innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for
admission to a constituent institution the option of being considered for
admission as a first-time (freshman) or as a transfer student.
institution shall also provide written information to the student regarding the
consequences that accompany each option and any other relevant information that
may be helpful to the student when considering which option to select.
Beginning March 1,
2017, the Board of Governors shall report annually regarding the number of
students who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with
an associate degree and which option was chosen by those students when applying
for admission to a constituent institution.
VI. Graduates of North Carolina School of Science and
Mathematics (NCSSM). Each UNC constituent institution must offer first-time
(freshman) admission to any applicant attending the residential program at
NCSSM. Such offer of admission shall be
contingent upon the applicant:
completing all NCSSM graduation requirements and remaining enrolled and in good
standing at NCSSM through the time of the student’s graduation. For the
purposes of this policy, “in good standing” shall mean with no pending
disciplinary charges or pending academic violations that could lead to
dismissal as of the date of graduation;
Meeting the academic
program requirements as outlined in Section 700.1.1.3[R] of the UNC Policy Manual;
application requirements established by the constituent institution by a
standard public deadline; and
provisions of Section 700.5.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual.
This guaranteed offer of admission shall apply only to acceptance
to the respective constituent institutions, and shall not apply to any specific
school, major, or program of study within the constituent institutions.
This section VI., shall be
effective for all NCSSM students applying for first-time (freshman) admission
to constituent institutions beginning with the 2022 fall semester.
VII. Notification of Stakeholders and
Educational Policymakers. The president is directed to develop plans and
further recommendations to inform key stakeholders and education policymakers
of the changes in requirements.
VIII. Other Matters
Effective Date. With the exception of section VI., above, the requirements
of this policy shall be effective for all first-time students
applying for admission at a constituent institution for any semester beginning
with the 2024 fall semester through the 2025 fall semester (including students
who attended the institution for the first time in the prior summer term).
Relation to Federal
and State Laws. The foregoing policy as adopted by the Board of Governors is
meant to supplement, and does not purport to supplant or modify, those statutory enactments which may govern or relate to
the subject matter of this policy.
Guidelines. This policy shall be implemented and applied in accordance with
such regulations and guidelines as may be adopted from time to time by the