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Applying For College

 Applying for College

The college application process begins in the senior year of high school.  Underclassmen should certainly begin researching their college options but application is made during the senior year.

Each college establishes procedures for application. There is no standard "format" for applying.  It is important to check with the college(s) you wish to attend and make sure that you are following those instructions.  Applying to college can be expensive.  It is important to do your research before you apply.  Learn about your potential college's admission requirements, as well as, visit the campus before you apply.  You can learn so much about a college by visiting and talking with admissions personnel and students.  Many colleges offer Open House dates.  These are wonderful opportunties to learn what a college has to offer. 

 

**A Note About Early Decision

A student needing to compare costs of colleges should NOT do Early Decision if it is  Binding.  Often times this is a binding contract between you and the college.  It will not allow you to see which college gives you the best financial-aid package.

 

Who Gets In?

Each year students ask, "What must I make on the SAT or ACT to go to college?"  Below is the most recent summary of the average scores  of students who entered state colleges in North Carolina. 

Each UNC system school has a minimum admission requirement of 2.5 GPA and 800 Critical Reading and Math SAT score or 17 Composite on the ACT.  Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admissions into the school. 

 College  Average SAT Writing   Average SAT Verbal   Average SAT Math  Average ACT
 Appalachian State                             500-590  520-610  530-620  22-26
 East Carolina  460-540  480-560  500-570  20-24
 Elizabeth City State  370-440  380-460  400-470  15-18
 Fayetteville State  360-430  380-460  400-470  15-19
 North Carolina A&T  370-470  400-500  410-500  17-21
 North Carolina Central  370-450  390-460  400-480  15-19
 NC State  510-610  530-620  560-660  23-28
 UNC Asheville  510-630  540-640  530-620  24-28
 UNC Chapel Hill  590-690  590-700  610-700  27-32
 UNC Charlotte  410-650  420-640  450-670  19-29
 UNC Greensboro  420-550  430-530  430-520  20-25
 UNC Pembroke  390-470  410-490  430-510  17-20
 UNC Wilmington  520-600  540-620  550-630  22-27
 Western Carolina  440-530  460-560  480-570  19-24
 Winston Salem State  380-460  400-470  420-490  16-20

This information is provided by a Collegeboard publication.

Want to Compare More Colleges?

 These websites offer a comparison of public and private institutions in North Carolina.

State Supported Institutions

www.northcarolina.edu/content.php/assessment/reports/profiles/current.htm

Private Institutions

www.ncicu.org

Nation-Wide Information

www.collegeatlas.org

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