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 2021 (60% tested)






528 531

North Carolina


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Benchmark Scores


530 480

AP Exam Scores

In 2021, 161 students (of 277 total and 205 eligible), or 58% of UNCSA High School students (78.5% of eligible students), took 289 AP Exams with a mean score of 3.22. Across all exams, 70% of students earned a “3” or higher.

Recent College Acceptances

Graduates in the Class of 2021 earned more than $6 million dollars in merit scholarships. They were accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including:

  • AMDA College of the Performing Arts - Los Angeles
  • American University
  • Appalachian State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • Auburn University
  • Bard College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Bennington College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston University
  • Brevard College
  • Brigham Young University-Provo
  • University of British Columbia
  • Butler University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chapman University
  • College of Charleston
  • University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
  • University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music
  • Clark University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Columbus State University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Davidson College
  • Dean College
  • University of Delaware
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University of California
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
  • Elon University
  • Emerson College
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • University of Georgia
  • Guilford College
  • University of Hartford
  • Hendrix College
  • High Point University
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • King's College London (University of London)
  • Lafayette College
  • Longy School of Music of Bard College
  • University of Maine
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Mannes College The New School for Music
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • McGill University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Methodist University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Mills College
  • University of Mississippi
  • Missouri State University-Springfield
  • Montclair State University
  • New England Conservatory of Music
  • New York University
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • University of North Texas
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College, Conservatory of Music
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Pace University, New York City Campus
  • Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Point Park University
  • SUNY at Purchase College
  • Reed College
  • Rhodes College
  • Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Rochester
  • Rollins College
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of San Francisco
  • Savannah College of Art & Design - SCAD
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. John's College
  • Suffolk University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • The New School
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Toronto
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Utah
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Williams College
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison