Minimum Course Requirements
To be eligible for admission, a student should present a minimum of 16 units of high school coursework within the five traditional academic areas (literature, mathematics, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages), including these requirements:
- four units of English
- at least four units of college preparatory mathematics (two algebra, one geometry and a higher level mathematics course for which algebra II is a prerequisite)*
- at least two units of a single foreign language — please note that American Sign Language satisfies this requirement.
- three units in science, including at least one unit in a life or biological science and at least one unit in a physical science, and including at least one laboratory course
- two units of social science, including United States history
Admission to Carolina is competitive. Successful applicants typically go far beyond these minimum requirements.
*For students attending a North Carolina public high school, the fourth unit of math must be one of the courses listed below. For North Carolina students attending a nonpublic school and all out-of-state students, the fourth math must be comparable to one of the courses listed below or it must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- AP Calculus
- AP Statistics
- Discrete Mathematics
- IB Mathematics Level II
- Integrated Mathematics IV
- Advanced Functions and Modeling
- Essentials for College Math
Don’t meet the minimum course requirements?
If your high school record lacks any unit in English, math, science, U.S. history, social science, or your high school foreign language, or if you hold a GED, you may present at least one of the following to meet minimum eligibility for admission:
- Complete at least 24 total transferable semester hours from an accredited college or university (excluding hours awarded by dual enrollment, AP, IB or other credit by exam) OR
- Complete at least 24 total transferable semester hours from an accredited college or university (excluding hours awarded by AP, IB or other credit by exam) after receiving your GED or high school equivalency. OR
- Be at least 21 years of age by the time you enroll in your first term at UNC
If you do not meet the minimum course requirements and cannot present at least one of the alternatives listed above, you may still apply for admission. If extenuating circumstances have prevented you from fulfilling these requirements, we encourage you to explain them in your application.