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

If an applicant under the age of 21 does not meet Minimum Course Requirements or received a GED, they must have 24 hours of college-level coursework completed at the time of application. Please see the Transfer Admissions Requirements for more information.