High School Minimum Course Requirements (MCR)
The North Carolina Board of Governors mandates all students under the age of 21 must meet high school MCR requirements for undergraduate admissions.
- Four (4) Course Units of English
Emphasizing grammar, composition and literature.
- Four (4) Course Units of Mathematics
Including algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and a fourth mathematics course for which algebra II was the prerequisite (typically, this may include pre-calculus, advanced functions and modeling, discrete math, college algebra, an AP- or IB-level calculus or statistics course, etc.).
- Three (3) Course Units of Science
Including at least one course unit of a physical or chemical science (chemistry, physics, physical science, etc.), and one course unit of a life or biological science (biology, oceanography, anatomy and physiology, etc.). At least one course unit must contain a laboratory portion.
- Two (2) Course Units of Social Studies
Including at least one course unit of United States history.
- Two (2) Course Units of the Same Foreign Language
Two consecutive units of the same foreign language. American Sign Language (ASL) does fulfill the foreign language requirement in North Carolina.
Students Not Meeting MCR & GED Recipients
In the event that an applicant under the age of 21 does not meet Minimum Course Requirements or received a GED, the following requirements must be met in addition to the requirements outlined above:
- 6 semester hours of college-level English
- 6 semester hours of college-level mathematics
- 6 semester hours of college-level science
- 6 semester hours of college-level social science
- 6 semester hours of college-level foreign language (must be taken in sequence)
Obtain an Associate of Arts or Science degree from a regionally accredited two-year institution. (Associate of Applied Science degrees do not fulfill North Carolina's Minimum Course Requirements.)
Earn a Transfer Core Diploma or Transfer Readiness Diploma from a North Carolina Community College.