Required Application Documents
The following supplemental documents are needed to complete an applicant's file. With the exception of official transcripts and official test scores, applicants upload the following documents to their Admissions Portal after submitting the initial application to UNCSA.
Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts into their Admissions Portal for initial review. If admitted to UNCSA, official transcripts must be sent to UNCSA directly from each attended institution so that UNCSA can confirm the final grades at each school.
Transcripts should be submitted to the UNCSA Office of Admissions electronically whenever possible. If an institution does not have the capability to send a transcript electronically, the official transcript can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Official Transcripts should be sealed, signed or notarized for all secondary school academic records, and should include a list of courses in which the applicant is enrolled at the time of application. Any transcript uploaded by the student through the Admissions Portal is considered unofficial.
Home Schooled Applicants
Home schooled applicants should provide documentation that the home school is recognized by the state of residency (if applicable), a transcript with course titles and course descriptions for each year of home schooling, and any tests or assessments used to show that the applicant has completed the equivalent of the UNC System minimum course requirements. If the applicant has attended a traditional high school, an official transcript from that school should also be submitted.
Students who have completed dual enrollment coursework should only need to submit their high school transcript at the time of application. If the dual enrollment courses are not included on the high school transcript, students should also submit a college transcript. Official transcripts from high school and college, with final grades and graduation dates, will be required should a student be accepted to UNCSA.
College transfer students that have earned a high school diploma at the time of application will need to submit an official high school transcript, including final grades and graduation date, in addition to their college transcript. Unofficial college transcripts will be accepted for initial review of an application. If an applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree, then a high school transcript does not need to be submitted.
Transcripts MUST be translated to English with both a credential evaluation and a GPA equivalent from a certifying agency. Transcripts from each school attended must be sent to the certifying agency for evaluation and certification. Approved agencies can be found at www.naces.org or www.aice-eval.org.
A certified credential evaluation is required in order to be reviewed for admission.
Official test scores should be submitted electronically to UNCSA.
ACT or SAT Scores
Applicants should submit ACT or SAT test scores with the following minimum score requirements:
- ACT: 19 (writing portion optional)
- SAT: 1010 composite score in Critical Reading & Math
The average applicant's ACT score is 24 and the average SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing score is 1200.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on test availability, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2023.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement for their desired program may submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores in order to meet Admissions Criteria.
International applicants should submit official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. Minimum score requirements for international students are:
- TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 79
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- Duolingo English Test: 100
- ACT: English Language Arts (ELA) section: 21
- SAT: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) section: 540
Advanced Standing for Undergraduate Students through Placement Tests
UNCSA accepts Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), and Cambridge International Certificate college credits. Our Division of Liberal Arts grants advanced standing credit. Learn more.
Letters of Recommendation
UNCSA requires applicants to submit contact information for two references. UNCSA will send the references a recommendation form and the ability to upload a recommendation letter. UNCSA requires contact information for the following:
- One letter from an arts instructor
- One letter from an academic instructor
If not currently enrolled in school, a letter may come from an employer, mentor, instructor, director, etc
Application Agreement Statement
Undergraduate applicants should print, complete and upload a signed copy of the Application Agreement Statement only if they are under the age of 18 at the time of appling.
A two-page artistic statement expressing interests, goals, and other information that provides insight into your work.
- Include full name on the document.
- This document may be used if recommended for scholarship consideration.
Need help? See "How to Write an Artistic Statement" and read examples by admitted students.
Additional International Documents
In addition to the documents listed above, international applicants should be prepared to submit the following documents to an Admissions Counselor only if notification of being accepted to UNCSA is received:
- A copy of a current passport
- If currently holding an F-1 Visa, submit a copy of this visa and Form I-20
- Complete a Certificate of Financial Responsibility