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NC State Admissions

If you want to apply to NC State, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $85.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 30.

NC State Admissions Stats at a Glance

NC State 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 47%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 50%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 50%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to NC State?

North Carolina State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! NC State will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 30.

NC State accepts about 46% of early action applicants and 46% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, NC State admitted 1,547 of the 22,686 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is NC State Hard To Get Into?

It is very difficult to get into NC State. NC State evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, NC State accepted 46% of all applicants, around 14,419 of the 31,374 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like NC State, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, NC State waitlisted 4,567 students. Of those, 1,681 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to NC State?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at NC State

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

NC State Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to NC State must submit the following items. Double check with NC State's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Students applying for studio-based majors must provide a portfolio. Students applying for Professional Golf Management must provide a copy of their GHIN/Handicap scores from their local golf facility and a letter of recommendation from their golf coach or a PGA Professional.
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into NC State?

Students admitted to NC State have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 77.4% submitted a class rank. At NC State 47% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 83% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At North Carolina State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 77.4%
3.75 and 3.99 50.66%
3.50 and 3.74 25.11%
3.25 and 3.49 4.01%
3.00 and 3.24 0.83%
2.50 and 2.9 0.59%
2.00 and 2.49 0.7%

NC State does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

NC State is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 50% of NC State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 50% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for NC State?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of NC State students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of NC State students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for NC State?

To be most competitive at NC State, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for NC State's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for NC State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to North Carolina State University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to NC State.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in NC State during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

NC State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to NC State?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to NC State.

Does NC State accept transfer credits?

NC State accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. NC State accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does NC State accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

NC State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to NC State?

NC State is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is NC State's acceptance rate?

NC State's acceptance rate is 46%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at NC State?

The early action acceptance rate at NC State was 46% in 2021.

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NC State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into NC State? NC State is a very selective institution. The NC State acceptance rate is 46%. This means that the institution accepts 45 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

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 29. 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

620 - 720


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

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NC State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At NC State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.81. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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