International Admission Review Process

International Freshmen

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you:

  • are not a Permanent Resident Alien or United States citizen
  • have never been enrolled as a university student

NC State Undergraduate Admissions employs a holistic approach in reviewing students’ applications. Competitive international freshman applicants take a rigorous university preparatory curriculum and maintain high marks throughout high school. However, we also consider a range of accomplishments and qualifications.

International freshman applicants must provide documentation that they meet the following considerations:

Optional documentation:

International Transfer

You are considered an international transfer student if you:

  • are not a Permanent Resident Alien or United States citizen
  • have graduated from a secondary school (high school) and later enrolled in college or university

NC State Undergraduate Admissions employs a holistic approach, considering a range of accomplishments and qualifications, in reviewing international transfer students’ applications. While competitive international transfer applicants must provide documentation that they meet the following requirements, these factors alone do not guarantee admission:

Please note: Chinese applicants are encouraged to submit an Interactive interview

English Proficiency

English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting these requirements:

Options for Meeting Requirements Scores Required for Full
Undergraduate Admission
Scores Required for Conditional Admission
TOEFL IBT (code: 5496) 85 or higher with a score of 18 or higher in all sub-sections  70
TOEFL Paper Based (code: 5496) 563 or higher 523
IELTS Academic 7.0 or higher with a score of 7.0 or higher in all sub-sections 6.5
Intensive English Program Completion of Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria
English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or university Grade of C or higher

Applicants who meet minimum scores required to demonstrate full English proficiency but do not meet minimum sub-section requirements may be considered for conditional admission through NC State’s Intensive English Program.

Please note: Applicants who are citizens from countries (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom) in which English is the official or commonly spoken language do not need to prove English proficiency.

Documentation of Finances

International applicants who require a F-1 or J-1 student visa must provide documentation of their ability to cover estimated school expenses.

SAT or ACT Scores (for International Freshmen only)

SAT and ACT exams are optional for international applicants. However, if you believe the test scores provide further evidence of your academic ability, you are encouraged to submit your scores. We accept official SAT and ACT scores submitted electronically by the testing agency. (SAT code 5496 and ACT code 3164)

Please note: International students who attended a U.S. high school for at least two years and also graduated from a U.S. high school must present competitive SAT or ACT (including writing) scores unless they have earned at least 30 semester hours of transferable college or university credit.

Interactive Interview

We recommend that Chinese applicants submit a third-party unscripted interview, in which each applicant has the opportunity to provide additional information on his or her:

  • overall accomplishments
  • capability
  • potential
  • academic and personal background

Applicants can contact InitialView to set up an interview. Interviews are optional and must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered.

Use of Agents or Educational Agencies

NC State does not partner with incentive-based agents or educational agencies to represent the University or to administer any part of the application process.

We recognize that in many countries agents or consultants are retained by students and their families to assist in applying to universities in the United States. It is not necessary to engage an agent in order to have a strong chance of admission to NC State. Admission decisions are not based on the recommendations of agents.

NC State expects an application to be the work of the applicant and that all information on the application is complete, accurate and truthful. We may reject application materials, cancel an admissions offer or dismiss a student from attendance, if it is determined that application materials have been falsified.

It is critical that applicants use their own email address, phone number, and mailing address on their application to ensure that all communication from NC State is delivered in an accurate and timely manner. Missing any important communication from NC State may delay applicants’ application process and admission decisions.