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The requirements for admission to NCCU include the following academic performance and course selection:

  • Evidence of graduation from an approved or accredited high school, a GED certificate or adult high school diploma
  • Standardized test scores: a satisfactory score on the SAT or ACT exam if the applicant is applying for admission directly out of high school
  • Leadership and service opportunities: evidence of participation in scholastic, community and civic organizations including leadership participation

High school applicants will be required to meet these minimum standards:

  • North Carolina residents: 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 800 SAT score (critical reading and math combined) or a 17 ACT composite score.
  • Out-of-state residents: 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 800 SAT score (critical reading and math combined) or a 17 ACT composite score.
  • Individual departments or schools may have additional admission requirements. Ask an admissions counselor for details regarding your intended major. For a list of minimum course and admissions requirements by school or college click here.

NCCU has the same minimum course requirements as all UNC System institutions. High school graduates are eligible for consideration if they successfully complete the following in grades 9-12:

  • In English, four (4) course units emphasizing grammar, composition and literature;
  • In mathematics, four (4) course units including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and a fourth math higher than algebra II; or algebra I, algebra II and two (2) course units higher than algebra II;
  • In science, three (3) course units, including at least one lab science;
  • In foreign language, two (2) course units;
  • In social studies, two (2) course units, including at least one in U.S. history


  • Students who graduated from high school prior to 1990 should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to determine specific high school course requirements for admission.
  • All undergraduate applicants may be required to take various tests as a part of their orientation and the follow-up procedures of the university.
  • Students graduating from high school in 2006 and after must have one additional math course from the following: pre-calculus, statistics, calculus, integrated math level III, integrated math IV, discrete math, advanced models and functions, or any upper level International Baccalaureate math courses. Any Advanced Placement math courses and dual-enrollment math courses used toward graduation credit will count as well.
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