What do we look for in applicants?

We employ a holistic process of applicant review. Successful applicants:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of the Honors College
  • Write an essay that demonstrates fit with the Honors College mission and fully addresses our essay topic
  • Supply two detailed, supportive academic letters of recommendation
  • Provide a resume that displays potential for success in the Honors College and follows the format we suggest
  • Provide high school transcripts that demonstrate academic rigor as well as competitive grade point averages (weighted and unweighted)
  • Continuing UNC Charlotte students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4

We are often asked about test score and GPA requirements. The following represent the average scores of our applicants:

  • Unweighted GPA: 3.75
  • Weighted GPA: 4.54
  • SAT: 1340
  • ACT composite: 29

To match with the Honors College application in the NinerScholars Portal, you will need a minimum score of: 

  • SAT = 1100/1600 OR ACT = 22/36
  • GPA = 3.2/4.0 unweighted high school GPA