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North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate47%

About NC State

North Carolina State University (NC State) is a prestigious public research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. NC State is known for its strong academic programs, cutting-edge research, and vibrant sports-focused campus community. The College of Engineering is highly regarded and NC State's engineering graduates are sought after by top companies. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) provides education in agriculture, food science, forestry, and animal sciences. CALS is committed to addressing global challenges in food security and sustainability. NC State also collaborates with industry, government agencies, and other academic institutions on research, and has been the birthplace of groundbreaking research in many areas, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, computer science, and renewable energy.

NC State's athletic teams, known as the Wolfpack, compete against schools like University of Virginia and Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference. NC State students are passionate about their sports teams, and tailgating and games are a huge part of the campus culture. The men's basketball team, in particular, has a rich history and has achieved success at the national level. 

Did You Know?

The iconic 115-foot Memorial Belltower on the NC State campus was built in 1937 as a tribute to alumni who lost their lives in World War I. It has become a beloved landmark on campus and a symbol of Wolfpack pride. The Belltowner is often used as a gathering place for celebrations, events and photo ops. It is lit-up in red for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and any other holidays that honor vets. 

From the CC Community on NC State

"Things I liked about the NCSU that helped me decide: well known school with an amazing business program, big school but not too big, huge school spirit, long list of traditions, a million opportunities, tons of clubs and organizations, multiple greek life organizations, several dining options, mix of class sizes (<30 or 300), football and tailgates, location (2 hrs to beach/mtns & close to downtown & a mall)."

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North Carolina State University is a public, state university in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. NC State was founded in 1887. The college currently enrolls around 36,700 students a year, including 26,342 undergrads.

NC State Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into NC State. In 2022, NC State accepted 47% of applicants. Out of 35,420 applications received in 2022, 16,651 students were offered admission.

North Carolina State University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 48%
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 48%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%

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North Carolina State University is located in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, near Raleigh-Durham.

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1420


Math SAT Range

625 - 740


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

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1420 and Above


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1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for NC State students is 1330. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to NC State, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at NC State.

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Wondering what life at NC State is like? There are approximately 36,700 students enrolled at NC State, including 26,342 undergraduate students and 10,358 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from NC and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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