About University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Founded in 1963, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. is a Public college. Located in North Carolina, which is a city setting in North Carolina, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 907 full time undergraduate students, and 133 full time graduate students.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 7:1. There are 142 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of North Carolina School of the Arts include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate54%
Application Deadline
Application Fee95
SAT Range1030-1240
ACT Range22-28

Admissions at UNCSA are considered Selective, with ,4% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 32 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

33% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 16% were in the top quarter, and 5% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
0%
“We know about current events and vote”
86%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
14%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
43%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
14%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
86%
“I feel extremely safe”
100%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
0%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
0%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
100%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
57%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
71%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
43%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
29%
“There might be people who do”
57%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
0%
“We know about current events and vote”
86%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
14%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
57%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
43%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
14%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
86%
“I feel extremely safe”
100%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
0%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
0%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
100%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
57%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
71%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
29%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
43%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
43%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
29%
“There might be people who do”
57%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of North Carolina School of the Arts REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    37 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    28 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    38 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    38 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    38 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    38 Students rated school activities 2.7 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    38 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    38 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

12 Students rated University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Julia

You will adore this place if you love your art. Speaking from the perspective of a film student (because we also have, design and production, dance, drama, and music), this is THE best place to gain experience before venturing out and starting your career. The school of filmmaking is basically its own production company and in your first weeks at school you start making films around campus and on sound stages. You also interview with upperclassmen to get jobs on the third and fourth year thesis films. Only one month into school I was already getting on set experience. Expect to get jobs as a PA, crafty, location scout, grip, or electric. The more rare jobs to get as a first year are 2nd-2nd AD, camera PA and production coordinator. At other schools, students wouldn't even get to think about getting on set or making collaborative films until their second or third year meanwhile at UNCSA your name will be in the credits and your shorts will be screened in our theaters. The community here is positively uplifting and I can't image going anywhere else and getting the experience and education I am getting.

Gage

If you are in love with the arts this is by far one of the best schools you can attend. Everyone around you is just as dedicated to their arts as you are. It's a friendly campus with great professors. There are so many tools to really get in depth with your arts and learn absolutely everything there is about the art style you love and enjoy. The school might not be the regular college experience, and the campus is small, BUT you will be so busy doing what you love that it won't make any difference. Also, it's not like there isn't regular college experiences. There are still plenty of parties, and college activities. If you love the the arts, this IS the school for you.

Long

University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a great place to spend your student life with other passionate artists. Here, not only can you gain more knowledge about your art and passion, but you will grow together with fellow aspriring artists and refine you personality as a person in a bigger community.

Don

An above average institution in regards to the faculty. The program is new, so the direction / philosophy needs a bit of tweaking to find the best direction it should take for its students' sake. The campus has been cobbled together in a piecemeal fashion; however, the film facilities are more than adequate, especially considering that it's located in a state that has not been friendly to education over recent years.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of North Carolina School of the Arts?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of North Carolina School of the Arts is 54%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    First and foremost, I would tell myself to get onto a normal sleep-cycle so that once I got to college I wouldn't have the sleep and health issues I started out with. I would also tell myself to get everything done as soon as possible after it's assigned, instead of procrastinating and waiting until the last minute. The final thing I would tell myself would be to practice more every day. The voice is a very fragile muscle and not using it causes it to weaken and become inconsistant. I have so much more potential than I allowed myself to achieve in high school, and I wish I hadn't inhibited myself by putting roadblocks in my own way.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    This school is about doing and committing.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    A small group in which most are good friends.

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  5. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the lack of time you have for anything else but your shows. Going from back to back shows all the time does not allow you to get your life together. Struggling with depression almost feels like even more of a hardship here because it is so difficult to concentrate on getting mentally well when you have not been able to sleep, eat, or take care of yourself properly because you sacrifice so much for the program.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    UNCSA is best known for it's film school. It is the top in the nation for quality filmakers and actors. Hollywood as well as Broadway seeks UNCSA students before searching other areas for employment.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Other school have artist mixed with doctors and lawyers, in UNCSA we are all artist and we all work together. Is more like a conservatory than a University really.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    UNCSA is a great school. The professors and instructors care about their students and start immediately preparing you in your field of study unlike some colleges who wait until junior and senior year. I feel that one of the million things that is best about UNCSA is that it is one of the top colleges in the nation for the arts and all areas of the arts. The staff and faculty work hard to assure that you are learning the skills needed to be a top choice to employers when education is complete as well as providing top qualtiy education.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the fatc that it is a conservatory. Although it puts an emphasis on learning your art fully, the intensity of the programs can be wearing. Not everyone is ready for the amount of commitment necessary at my school. However, for those who can survive, the school holds many opportunities to grow and realize your complete abilities.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    NCSA is not the school that a strong conservative Christian person should attend. While it is an excellent school for everything they have there, it is an EXTREMELY liberal school. An extremely conservative person would feel very uncomfortable here.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is truly dedicated to their craft, in which ever field they choose whether it be dance, film, theater, etc.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I met David Gordon Green, the director of Pineapple Express.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish had a better understanding of the idea of growing as an artist and as a person can be (and often is) separate from the pressures of a potential career. You can seek and find both here, but you should not let one get in the way of the other. If you are coming to this school to do what you love, always be sure that this institution is nurturing that love and not hindering it, because it can do both. Otherwise, always keep an open mind and a positive outlook.

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Student Body

Students

50%

female

50%

male

907

Total Undergrad Enrollment

133

Total Grad Students

52%

Out-Of-State

47%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

42%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
2%
% Black or African-American
9%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
73%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

78% of students attending University of North Carolina School of the Arts receive some sort of financial aid. 26% were awarded federal grants. While 57% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$24,609

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,250

Books and Supplies

$8,779

Room and Board

34,638

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$7,266
$30 - $48K
$12,219
$48 - $75K
$16,030
$75 - $110K
$20,129
$110K & UP
$21,652

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