University Catalog 2023-2024

Non-Degree Studies

NC State's Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program provides opportunities for students who are not full-time degree-seeking students to enroll at NC State for a variety of reasons.

NDS students are able to enroll in courses in a breadth of disciplines, for a myriad of reasons. From professionals looking to develop and advance further in their careers, to high school students seeking college credit, NDS offers tangible benefits for students at any stage in your academic career.


Students that were previously admitted to and enrolled in a degree-seeking program at NC State and wish to readmit into that program are not eligible for NDS. Please visit the Readmission into degree-seeking programs website for more information.

More details about NDS eligibility is available on the NDS website.​

NDS Classifications

Undergraduate Studies

  • Students who have not yet obtained a baccalaureate degree
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate certificate program

Post-Baccalaureate Studies

  • Students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

  • Rising high school juniors and seniors with a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher

North Carolina Senior Auditors ("65+")

  • North Carolina residents aged 65-years and older

How to Apply to the NDS Program

Students interested in the NDS program will apply online through our ApplyNDS portal. Depending on what type of student you are, whether you have previously been a student at NC State, and your residency (in-state, out-of-state, or international), there may be different components to the application. Details are available on the NDS website. It is important that applicants follow each step of the application carefully, as your application may not be considered if we are missing any important information or documentation.

Application Dates and Deadlines

NDS application deadlines are available on the NDS website. Applicants are notified of their decision on a rolling basis. 

Contact Us

Non-Degree Studies
Department of Registration and Records
1000 Harris Hall
Phone: 919-515-2572