University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA)

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University of North Carolina at Asheville, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Asheville, NC, a predominately urban area. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled at University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Students can submit either the SAT or ACT exam scores to this school. A score within the range of 1090 - 1270 on the SAT exam, or 22 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UNCA average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.45 for accepted students. An estimated 80% of all applicant were accepted at UNCA, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 21% continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UNCA Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of North Carolina at Asheville was reported as 84.0% in Fall 2020 with over 3,750 college applications submitted to University of North Carolina at Asheville. 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

  • UNCA ACT Scores: 22 - 27
  • UNCA Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into University of North Carolina at Asheville?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of North Carolina at Asheville is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions 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 UNCA has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 75.9%
  • 2017-2018: 80.4%
  • 2018-2019: 93.6%
  • 2019-2020: 84.0%
  • Projected UNCA Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 79.1%

How Does UNCA Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for University of North Carolina at Asheville is forty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Warren Wilson College84.6%
Mars Hill College63.3%
Montreat College55.7%
Brevard College58.8%
North Greenville University62.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • 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 UNCA (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 650
Math530 - 620
Total Score1090 - 1270
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 28
Math19 - 26
Composite Score22 - 27
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