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All undergraduate applicants apply by creating a wolfPAW account, NC State's Personal Admissions Website. Undergraduate Admissions implements a notification date system for both domestic freshman and transfer applicants and international applicants are notified as decisions are made. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to apply during the fall of their senior year in high school. 

The final freshman application deadline for the fall semester and summer sessions is January 15; the final transfer application deadline is March 15. Applicants for the College of Design and Fashion and Textile Design program must submit complete applications by November 1 and list it as their first choice major. Freshman applications that are submitted and have all required materials received by November 1 will be automatically considered for campus merit-based scholarships. 

All applications for the spring semester should be submitted prior to October 1. The College of Design, College of Engineering and First Year College do not admit students for the spring semester.

Freshman Application Deadlines

  • Deadline 1: October 15
    Notification Date: December 15
  • Deadline 2: November 1
    Notification Date: January 30
  • Final Review Deadline: January 15
    Notification Date: March 30

Transfer Application Deadlines

  • Deadline 1: January 15
    Notification Date: March 30
  • Final Deadline: March 15
    Notification Date: May 15

International Application Deadlines

  • Deadline 1: November 1
  • Final Deadline: January 15

Students are notified of their decision on their wolfPAW account and admitted students must confirm their enrollment by May 1.

The Undergraduate Admissions website provides more information on the application review process and procedure.

New Student Orientation

106 Peele Hall
NC State Box 7525 
Raleigh, NC 27695-7525
Phone: (919) 515-1234 Fax: (919) 515-5844

Michael Coombes, Director

New Student Orientation provides newly admitted first-year and transfer undergraduate students introductory assistance and continuing services that will aid in their transition to NC State. Our programs expose students to broad educational opportunities, academic expectations and resources, as well as social and developmental opportunities. Most importantly, we begin the process of integrating students into the life of the institution.

Freshman Admission

Admission to the university is highly competitive. Applicants are asked to indicate their first and second choices for a curriculum, including undeclared majors within a college, or, if undecided, to indicate their choice of participating in First Year College. Applicants not admitted in their first curriculum choice will be reviewed for admission in their second curriculum choice. The admissions decision is based on a holistic review of a complete application. Of primary importance is the high school record, including the level and difficulty of the courses taken, the overall grade point average, rank in class, and scores on the SAT or the ACT. Extracurricular involvement, leadership, and many other factors are also considered.

In addition, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System has determined that the Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) for all constituent institutions, including NC State, shall include a high school diploma or its equivalent and the following course units taken in high school:

  1. Six course units in language, including
    • Four units in English
    • Two units in a language other than English
  2. Four course units of mathematics in any of the following combinations:
    • Algebra I and II, Geometry, and one unit beyond Algebra II
    • Algebra I and II, and two units beyond Algebra II or
    • Integrated Math I, II, III and one unit beyond Integrated Math III
  3. Three course units in science, including
    • At least one unit in a life or biological science, and
    • At least one unit in physical science, and
    • At least one laboratory course
  4. Two course units in social studies, including
    • One unit in U.S. history
    • One other unit in social studies

These are minimum course requirements. Competitive applicants will typically exceed these minimum courses.  It is recommended that every student take a foreign language course and a mathematics course in the senior year.

NC State does not conduct individual interviews with applicants, however, a prospective student is always welcome to visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Freshman information sessions and student led campus tours are available Monday through Friday at the Joyner Visitor Center.  Prospective students should register for the information session and tour via their wolfPAW account. 

College of Design and Fashion and Textile Design

If you are interested in a College of Design major or Fashion and Textile Design, it should be listed as your first choice major and your application should be submitted and complete (along with a separate essay and online portfolio) by November 1. If you are a domestic freshman applying for the Design Studies major, the final deadline is January 15. The College of Design will not consider second choices for Design majors. Design applications are reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and, if found to be academically competitive, are forwarded to the College of Design for review. To assess creative potential, candidates must present a portfolio of works created inside and/or outside school. High school art classes are not required for acceptance, but they are encouraged. For more information regarding the portfolio, contact the College of Design. Design applicants will be notified on January 15 whether their application is under review by the College of Design for their first choice, or whether it is being considered for second choice of major in a different college at NC State. Notification of admission decisions will be at the end of March.

Professional Golf Management (PGM)

Along with completing the undergraduate admissions application, students must provide a copy of their GHIN scores from their local facility documenting a handicap of 12 or below. Students may provide documentation of successfully passing the PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT) but GHIN scores with handicap verification must be submitted along with the PAT documentation. A letter of recommendation from the student's golf coach or a PGA professional must also be sent. Handicap verification and the letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to the PGM office when the application is submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. Documentation and questions should be directed to the PGM office: Tel. 919-515-8792, email:

Two-Year Agricultural Institute

Requirements for admission to the Agricultural Institute, a two-year terminal program, include graduation from high school with a 2.0 minimum grade point average or successful completion of the high school equivalency examination administered by the State Department of Public Instruction, and one letter of recommendation. SAT scores are not required. Coursework is not transferable to the four-year degree programs. Completion of course work in the Agricultural Institute leads to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Standardized Test Scores

Freshman applicants must submit scores from the SAT or the ACT Assessment. The ACT Assessment must include the Writing Test. Applicants’ scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to NC State (SAT Code #5496, ACT code #3164). Prospective students may find more information and applications for the tests online: or

Credit Opportunities

Students can jump-start their college careers by acquiring pre-enrollment credits by one or more of the following means: (1) by passing a proficiency examination administered by a teaching department at NC State; (2) by meeting a specific minimum score on certain Advance Placement Program (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations; and/or (3) by attaining a minimum score on certain College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests. Learn about the recognized test curriculum, accepted test scores and credit awarded at

Out-of-State Students

Undergraduate applicants from outside North Carolina are reviewed using the same criteria as applicants from North Carolina. NC State is limited to enrolling not more than 18 percent of total new undergraduate students from outside the state as set forth by the University of North Carolina System.


Transfer Students

NC State welcomes transfer applicants, and in recent years, more than 20 percent of our graduates started their college programs at other institutions. A transfer student should present at least 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of “C” or better college level work, including an English class and a college level math class applicable to the requested degree program. Additional specific course work is required for most programs. Transfer admission is highly competitive, and the grade point average required for consideration varies depending on the requested program of study. Transfer students must be eligible to return to the last institution previously attended and must submit individual transcripts from each institution.

Students who graduated from high school since 1990 must submit a high school record to verify that they have met UNC-system Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) for course work as outlined in the Freshman Admissions section of this catalog. Exceptions to this requirement are students who will have earned an A.A., A.S., or A.F.A. degree before enrolling at NC State. Individuals who do not have the minimum admissions requirements at the high school level must complete at the college level six semester hours or nine quarter hours each of English, foreign language, mathematics, science, and social science to be eligible to transfer.

College transcripts are required from each institution attended and are evaluated for credit that is transferable to the university as part of the admission application review. A grade of “C-” or better is required before a course may be considered for credit. The college to which the application is made will determine the exact amount of credit applicable toward a degree at NC State.

International Students

NC State welcomes international student applications and has a long history of enrolling outstanding international students. International students must apply online: International applicants must demonstrate competitive academic credential, evidence of English language proficiency, and adequate financial resources before a visa certificate can be issued.

English Proficiency

English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting these requirements:

Options for Meeting Requirements -

  • TOEFL IBT (code: 5496)
    • Scores required for full undergraduate admission: 85 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub score)
    • Scores required for conditional admission: 60 or higher
  • TOEFL Paper Based (code: 5496)
    • Scores required for full undergraduate admission: 563 or higher
    • Scores required for conditional admission: 500 or higher
  • IELTS Academic
    • Scores required for full undergraduate admission: 6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.5 in each sub score)
    • Scores required for conditional admission: 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
    • Scores required for full undergraduate admission: 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score)
    • Scores required for conditional admission: 45
  • Intensive English Program
    • Completion of Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria
  • English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or university
    • Grade of C or higher

Financial and Immigration Information

All international applicants seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) as part of the admission process. The purpose of this form is to certify financial solvency for the student throughout his/her program of study - this is a federal requirement that must be met before the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can issue any visa certificates.

In addition, applicants deemed admissible who are already in the U.S. must also fill out a Visa Clearance Form (VCF).  This includes international applicants who are in a nonimmigrant visa category other than F-1 or J-1 (ex: H-4, L-2, DACA, E-2, Pending Permanent resident etc.). They are not required to complete a CFR, unless they plan to change to F-1 or J-1 student status (if eligible).

CFR and VCF forms are reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions upon receipt.  If the information provided by the applicant is incomplete or not acceptable (e.g. sponsor and bank official signatures, bank statements, etc.), the applicant will be notified that his/her documents were not approved and why.  Notification is done via e-mail.  The applicant will then have an opportunity to correct the problem(s) and resubmit the form(s). Applicants can check the status of their applications through their WolfPAW account.

Once the applicant is considered admitted (fully or conditionally) to the University, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions mails out the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for an F-1 visa or Form DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) along with the full admission letter and other important pre-arrival information via FedEx. Newly admitted international students will also receive information and guidance from the Office of International Services (OIS) via email prior to their arrival to NC State.

New international students must check-in with Office of International Services upon arrival to campus and attend the New International Student Orientation, which is scheduled a few days before the semester begins.

New international students who are accepted to NC State have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Start program during the month of July before fall classes begin.  More information can be found here.

For more information regarding the CFR and VCF please contact:

Pascale Toussaint

North Carolina State University
International Admissions
Tel: 919-513-3446