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Facts About Academic Programs

  • The high school academic program and the Division of Liberal Arts serve 305 high school and 700 college students, making it the largest program area on campus.
  • High school students spend up to half of their time in academic courses; college students in the B.F.A. and B.M. programs spend one-quarter to one-third.
High School Program
  • High school students complete all requirements (20 Carnegie units) for the UNCSA High School Diploma. All courses are college-preparatory, including Advanced Placement options in English, Mathematics and Social Studies.
  • The average class size in the high school program is 16 students per class.
  • The average SAT score for UNCSA high school students tends to be among the top three in the state of North Carolina, and well above the state and national average.
  • All full time instructors in the academic program hold master's degrees, doctoral degress, or are master's candidates, and all are highly committed to the unique demands of teaching in a performing arts conservatory environment.
College Program
  • College students must meet the University of North Carolina Minimum Course Requirements to be admitted to the baccalaureate degree program, and subsequently must complete successfully 36 to 45 credit hours in academic courses to receive the B.F.A. or B.M. degree.
  • The Arts Diploma program exists for students who choose to focus solely on their arts study, or who do not meet entrance requirements for the degree program.
  • The average class size in the college program is 17 students per class.
  • The average SAT score for entering college freshmen at UNCSA tends to be among the top four universities in the University of North Carolina system, and well above the national average.
  • The 13 to 15 college faculty members hold a terminal degree (master's or doctoral) in their disciplines, and are highly committed to teaching the liberal arts and sciences in a professional conservatory environment.