High School Profile

High School

High School Profile

At UNCSA, high school students are admitted by audition to the Schools of Dance, Visual Arts within Design and Production, Drama and Music. The High School Academic Program provides a well-rounded liberal arts education, with full-time faculty who hold graduate degrees in either education or their discipline of instruction.

In addition, supporting programs and services in Student Life assist students in their personal development within a residential setting. The arts and academic curricula culminate in a high school diploma with an arts concentration in dance, drama, music or visual arts.


The UNCSA graduating high school class averages 120 students annually. Typically, students in the top 50% of the class hold grade point averages above 3.5 unweighted.

SAT Scores


Mean Composite Score

Mean Math Score

Mean ERW (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) Score

UNCSA Class of 2022






521 529

North Carolina


567 571

Benchmark Scores


530 480


AP Exam Scores

In 2022, 139 students (of 246 total and 176 eligible), or 56.7% of UNCSA High School students (71.7% of eligible students), took 132 AP Exams with a mean score of 3.46. Across all exams, 85% of students earned a “3” or higher.

Recent College Acceptances

Graduates in the Class of 2022 were accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Brown University
  • Butler University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • College of Charleston
  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
  • Clemson University
  • Columbus State University
  • Dean College
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Fordham University
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Georgetown University
  • High Point University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Ithaca College
  • Joffrey Ballet School
  • Johnson County Community College
  • The Juilliard School
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • New York University
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
  • Otterbein University
  • Pace University, New York City Campus
  • Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Point Park University
  • SUNY at Purchase College
  • Randolph Community College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of South Carolina-Columbia
  • University of Southern California
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Syracuse University
  • The New School
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wofford College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Tuition Waivers

The Tuition Grant Program provides free tuition for in-state students graduating from the High School Program. Those graduates who are accepted into and enroll in college full time at a constituent UNC System institution can attend college at UNCSA or any other UNC System institution tuition-free. 

53 of 129 graduates in class of 2022 are currently attending UNC System schools. 41 of those are in-state and receiving the tuition waiver.