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The “Early Action” freshman application deadline is November 1. “Early Action” applicants will receive a response by January 30 but still have until May 1 to confirm enrollment plans. The freshman application priority deadline for the fall semester and summer sessions is February 1; the transfer student priority deadline is April 1. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to apply during the fall of their senior year in high school. Applications for the spring semester should be submitted prior to November 1. All applicants for the College of Design must submit complete applications by November 1. The College of Design does not admit students in the spring.

Early Action applications that are submitted and have all required materials received by November 1 will be considered for campus merit-based scholarships as part of our Early Action program.

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

Required Immunization Documentation

Verified proof of immunization against rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria (and polio for students under age 18) must be presented to Student Health Services by May 30 for fall semester or within 30 days of acceptance. Meningococcal vaccine is recommended, especially for freshmen living in residence halls, and for others wishing to lessen their risk of meningococcal meningitis. A PPD skin test within 12 months of the first day of class is required for international students and non-U.S. citizens. Please note that under North Carolina regulations, a student must be dropped from his or her classes if immunization requirements are not met and a $150 charge levied for re-enrollment. Please review immunization information on the student health website.  Click on Immunizations.

Dates of required immunizations and documentation of your medical history must be entered online at For assistance, contact

Student Health Services,

(919) 515-7233 or (919) 513-4302

You may e-mail questions or scanned documents to:

Proof of immunizations may also be mailed to:

CB 7304,

Raleigh, NC 27695

or faxed to (877) 221-6278, however you still must enter the information online at

Unclassified students and students enrolled as non-degree seeking (NDS), those taking less than four (4) credit hours, enrolled in distance education and/or evening classes are exempt from immunization requirements.

New Student Orientation

204 Park Shops 
NC State Box 7525 
Raleigh, NC 27695-7525
Phone: (919) 515-1234 Fax: (919) 515-5844

Gabe Wical, 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 the 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 the 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. Freshmen information sessions and student led campus tours are available Monday through Friday at the Joyner Visitors Center.  Prospective students should register for the information session and tour via their wolfPAW account. 

College of Design

If you are interested in a College of Design major, it should be listed as your first choice 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 deadline is February 1. 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)

Program 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. 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. Course work 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

Applicants for admission as freshmen 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 service to NC State. (SAT Code #5496,ACT code #3164) Prospective students may find more information and applications for the tests online: or

Advanced Placement (AP)/ International Baccalaureate (IB)/ College Level Examination (CLEP)

A student may qualify for advanced placement 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 of the Advance Placement Program (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations; and (3) by attaining a minimum score on certain of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests. For advanced placement policies, visit the placement website.

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 25 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 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 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.

Official 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. Applicants who are not citizens of the U.S. must apply online: International applicants must demonstrate evidence of English language proficiency, adequate financial resources and academic credentials before a visa certificate can be issued.


Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores as evidence of their ability to use English at a level of competence necessary for university course work. A minimum score of 80 is required on the internet based TOEFL exam (213 is required for the computer-based TOEFL exam.) Applicants may also submit certain other English assessment scores (e.g. IELTS, ELPT, APIEL, etc.) in lieu of the TOEFL (see the Admissions website for more information). Some departments may have higher score requirements. (See for information on test dates and localities.)

Financial and Immigration Information

All accepted applicants will receive a letter of provisional acceptance and a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR). In addition, accepted applicants who are already in the U.S. will also receive a Visa Clearance Form (VCF). Those applicants seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa (or transfer) must complete the CFR. 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 we can issue any visa certificates. International applicants already in the U.S. will indicate their current nonimmigrant or immigrant status on the VCF. This includes those individuals who are Permanent Residents of the U.S. (Once the university receives proof of the permanent residency, Permanent Residents will no longer be considered international students.) International applicants who are already in the United States in a nonimmigrant visa category other than F-1 or J-1 (ex: H-4, F-2, J-2, E-2, etc.) must submit a VCR, but are not required to complete and return the CFR, unless they plan to change to F-1 or J-1 student status (if eligible). Applicants currently in the U.S. in another nonimmigrant status who wish to change to F-1 or J-1 status will need to consult with an adviser in the university’s Office of International Services (OIS) to discuss change of status options and procedures. Please do not send financial statements or immigration documents to the Admissions Office or OIS before they are requested. Please consult the Admissions website for the published deadlines by which all CFR and VCF forms must be submitted. Both the CFR and the VCF (as well as supporting documentation like bank statements or photocopies of immigration documents) must be sent directly to the Admissions office – not OIS. International applicants who cannot submit the CFR and VCF by the deadline or who are not able to obtain a visa and enter before the academic term begins may have to defer to a later term.

The Admissions office will review the CFR and, if appropriate, the VCF, upon receipt. If the information provided by the applicant is incomplete or not duly supported by current and acceptable documentation (e.g. sponsor and bank official signatures, bank statements, etc.), the applicant will be notified that his/her documents were not approved and why. Initial notification is done viae-mail, then regular airmail if necessary. 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 directly with the Admissions Office. An Admissions officer or an OIS staff member will prepare the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for an F-1 visa or Form DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) and mail it to the applicant, along with the full Admission Letter, and other important pre-arrival information. The applicant at this point is considered fully admitted to the university. New international students must check-in with OIS 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. This cohort program is limited in number and is designed to assist new international students improve their English fluency, academic preparedness, and settling in before the busy fall term. Summer Start students enroll in the GTI 401 course and have an option to take a math, science, or English class if they choose. Summer Start students live in the same dorm, have access to all campus programs and services, and have special workshops and activities designed just for them.

For more information, contact:
Summer Sessions office, Undergraduate Admissions, or the Global Training Initiative (GTI).

For more information regarding the issuance of visa certificates or obtaining a visa, changing nonimmigrant status, transfer for international students, SEVIS, etc., please contact OIS:

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: (919) 515-2961
  • 320 Daniels Hall, 101 Lampe Drive, Campus Box 7222, Raleigh, NC 27695-7222.