North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

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NCCU is a historically black college found in Durham, NC. Nearly 8,800 students are enrolled at NCCU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to NCCU. A score between 890 to 1050 on the SAT exam, or 17 to 19 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the NCCU average GPA (2.80 - 2.90) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 68% of all students that apply are granted admission to North Carolina Central University, from which 18 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NCCU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for North Carolina Central University was reported as 68.0% in Fall 2020 with over 8,310 college applications submitted to NCCU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NCCU ACT Scores: 17 - 19
  • NCCU Average GPA: 2.80 - 2.90

How Hard Is It to Get into North Carolina Central University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

Students applying to North Carolina Central University have a higher chance of getting accepted due to the low selectivity of the school as determined by the average standardized test scores ACT/SAT and average high school GPA of applicants from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for North Carolina Central University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 66.7%
  • 2017-2018: 82.8%
  • 2018-2019: 46.6%
  • 2019-2020: 68.0%
  • Projected NCCU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 59.8%

How Does NCCU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for NCCU is twenty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Meredith College64.7%
Shaw University63.4%
Elon University78.4%
Campbell University77.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NCCU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading450 - 530
Math440 - 520
Total Score890 - 1050
ACT®Score Range
English14 - 19
Math16 - 19
Composite Score17 - 19
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