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Colleges / North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate47%
Acceptance Rate47%

About NC State

North Carolina State University Overview

North Carolina State University is a public, state school in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. NC State was founded in 1887 and the school enrolls around 36,831 students a year, which includes 26,505 undergraduates. NC State ensures on-campus housing for up to 9,264 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 60% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from NC State by March 30.

There are many ways for students to get involved at NC State!

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? NC State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? NC State has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? NC State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at NC State on the Student Life page.

2022 NC State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 53%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 53%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 21%
In-State Tuition $6,535
Out-of-State $28,276
Percent of Need Met 78%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,699

Is NC State a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what NC State offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for North Carolina State University

NC State is very difficult to get into. Around 47% of applicants get into NC State each year. Last year, 32,893 students applied to NC State and 15,534 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at NC State

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 94% of students who start at NC State return for their second year of college. Around 85% of students who started at NC State earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for NC State Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from NC State by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 83% of graduates from NC State recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent NC State grads is $56,250 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

NC State's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of North Carolina State University's endowment was $2 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, NC State spends about $15,880 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at NC State

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

NC State meets 78% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend NC State full-time are awarded $14,699 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $25,086 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at NC State.

Based on this information, does NC State seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is NC State a good school for you?

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Where is NC State?

NC State is located in the urban setting of Raleigh, North Carolina, less than an hour from Raleigh-Durham.

If you are interested in seeing NC State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Raleigh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Raleigh-Durham International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what NC State and Raleigh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

121 Peele Hall, Campus Box 7103 Raleigh, NC 27695

Campus Setting: Urban

NC State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to NC State is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NC State is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

North Carolina State University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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NC State ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to NC State is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into NC State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

NC State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

640 - 740


Reading SAT Range

630 - 700

NC State Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at NC State is like? There are approximately 36,831 students enrolled at NC State, including 26,505 undergraduate students and 10,326 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from NC and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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