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North Carolina State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Last year, the university enrolled only 13,856 students out of 26,980 applications. North Carolina State University currently has 35,479 students and more than 8,500 faculty and staff. In total, 12 colleges represent major academic areas of study and offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs.

The acceptance rate of 51.4% makes it a fairly competitive university. Generally, the admitted students are in the top 15% of the test scorers. NC State University has very high admission requirements with average applicant competition.

  • International students admission decisions are released on a rolling basis.
  • Some colleges have higher admission requirements than others.
  • Transfer admissions are very competitive and applications are accepted through the Common Application and the Coalition Application.

North Carolina State University Admissions Highlights

Application PortalUG- Common Application/ Coalition Application
PG – Official University Website
Application FeeUG – 100 USD
PG – 80 USD
Acceptance Rate51.4%
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard Credit Card
SAT Score Range1300-1440
ACT Score Range26-31
Academic CalendarSemester wise
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Financial AidAvailable for International Students

North Carolina State University Important Dates and Deadlines

ProgramType of ApplicantsDeadlinesNotification
UndergraduateFreshmanEarly Action: November 1
Regular Decision: January 15
January 30 and March 30
UndergraduateTransferFebruary 15April 15
UndergraduateFreshman and TransferOctober 1December 1
UndergraduateAgricultural InstituteNovember 1N/A
GraduateInternational (Priority Deadlines)Fall: March 1,
Spring: July 15,
Summer I: Dec 15,
Summer II: Dec 15

Some of the programs do not accept applications for spring entry, these programs are listed below:

  • Applied Mathematics and Mathematics
  • College of Design studio based majors
  • College of Engineering
  • Exploratory Studies
  • Fashion and Textile Design
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Graduate school of North Carolina State University has different deadlines for specific programs. International applications must be sent by the midnight of the due date as per the Eastern Standard Time.

North Carolina State University International Students Admissions

International students must apply as early as possible and prepare the following materials required to apply for a program at North Carolina State University:

  • Academic credentials
  • Official transcripts
  • Course by course evaluation by WES
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  • Required standardized test scores

A portfolio is required if the applicant is opting for a studio-based major. WES(World Education Services) is required for all transfer applicants and must be sent directly from the office, before the deadline.

English Language Proficiency Test Scores

Proficiency TestsUndergraduateGraduateConditional Admission
TOEFL IBT85 or higher ( min 18 in each sub score)Minimum 80 with not less than 18 in Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking60 or higher
IELTS Academic6.5 or higher ( min of 6.5 in each sub score)6.5 in each section; 7.0 for TA Appointment6.0 or higher
PTE Academic62 or higher (min of 53 in each sub score)-45 or higher
Intensive English ProgramCompletion of level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria--

English language proficiency scores should not be older than 24 months prior to the requested entry term.

Visa Process Requirements

Admitted overseas applicants who applied for a full-time study program will be issued the form I-20 from the North Carolina State University as soon as their funding for the first year has been established. After this, students can proceed with their Visa-related appointment by visiting the nearby US Consulate. After confirming requirements for the visa interview, students can proceed with their F-1 or J-1 visa status request.

North Carolina State University International Undergraduate Admissions

North Carolina State University provides more than 100 undergraduate programs across various academic majors.

Application Portal – Candidates can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application 

Application Fee – 100 USD

Requirements – Official transcripts, high school transcripts with proper translations, Portfolio ( if applying for Studio based program), Standardized test scores ( Optional ), English Language Proficiency test Scores, Completion of financial responsibilities and personal transcripts.

North Carolina State University Transfer Students Admissions

Transfer student admissions are given equal importance and are highly competitive. Almost 20% of the students are transfer students.

Application Portal – Candidates can apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application

Application Fee – 100 USD

Requirements – Official transcripts from each and every institute attended, Portfolio ( if applied for studio-based major), English Language proficiency test scores and standardized test scores

Note – High school transcripts are required only if the candidate is under the age of 21 years or have less than 30 credits.

North Carolina State University International Graduate Admissions

North Carolina State University offers over 130 graduate programs along with 60 plus doctoral programs for all the students. Almost 3,800 international students take admissions into the graduate programs of the university, making it a popular educational institute to study in the US.

Application Portal – Candidates can apply by completing the application on The Graduate School portal of the university.

Requirements – Specific academic materials as per program selected, Standardized test scores, official / unofficial transcripts, English Language proficiency test scores, personal transcripts and letters of recommendations.

Some of the most popular graduate programs offered by North Carolina State University are mentioned under, along with their admission requirements and application deadlines.

RequirementsMBAMS Electrical and Computer EngineeringMS StatisticsMS Material Science and EngineeringMA Accounting
DeadlineRound 1: October 24
Round 2: January 9
Round 3: March 3
Fall – January 9
Spring – July 1
Priority – January 15,
Final – March 25
Fall – March 1,
Spring – October 1,
Summer I – March 1
March 1
Application Fee85 USD85 USD85 USD85 USD85 USD
Application PortalApplyGradApplyGradApplyGradApplyGradApplyGrad
GRE/GMATRequiredRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
LORTwo requiredRequiredThree requiredThree requiredThree required
Additional RequirementsPersonal statement, Interview(invite only)SOP, Minimum GPA: 3.0, prerequisite courses in Calculus, Probability, StatisticsTranscripts, personal statementTranscripts, SOP, minimum GPA 3.0Transcripts, Personal statement, minimum GMAT score 530, Interview(invite only)

North Carolina State University Documents Assessments

The admission process in the North Carolina State University is very applicant centric therefore, personal essays are given high importance in the entire process. The university analysis the application on following criteria:-

  • Candidate’s academic achievements
  • Highest ACT or SAT score
  • Interest in program applied for
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Applicant’s background is examined carefully
  • Candidate’s individual story 

Once a candidate has applied into the NC State University he/she receives a link to the WolfPAW portal. WolfPAW is a portal offered to the students for checking any updates regarding their applications. Two days after the deadline are granted to the students for submitting and updating all their documents.

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