North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

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NCCU is a historically black college found in Durham, NC. Nearly 9,500 students are enrolled at NCCU.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to NCCU. A score between 1160 to 1380 on the SAT exam, or 16 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 - 2.97) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 50% of all students that apply are granted admission to North Carolina Central University, from which 31 percent choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NCCU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for North Carolina Central University was reported as 50.3% in Fall 2012 with over 8,890 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 SAT Scores: 1160 - 1380
  • NCCU ACT Scores: 16 - 19
  • NCCU Average GPA: 2.80 - 2.97

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 on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 69.9%
  • 2009-2010: 81.0%
  • 2010-2011: 60.5%
  • 2011-2012: 51.8%
  • 2012-2013: 50.3%
  • Projected NCCU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 57.5%

How Does NCCU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for NCCU is ten percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Meredith College62.3%
William Peace University90.9%
Shaw University54.5%
Saint Augustine's University67.4%
Elon University54.0%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NCCU (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading390 - 460
Math400 - 470
Writing370 - 450
Total Score1160 - 1380
ACT®Score Range
English14 - 19
Math16 - 20
Composite Score16 - 19
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