Transfer Admission Review Process

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

  • View NC State Academic Programs Admissions Considerations for specific coursework requirements.  Please note: Statistics can not be used to meet the Math requirement
  • a strong cumulative GPA for all transferable college work previously attempted
  • 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours ) of transferable credits (Qualifying AP scores can be used to meet transfer admission coursework requirements.)
  • eligibility to return to each institution previously attended
  • UNC-system Minimum Course Requirements
  • attempted coursework through NC State University’s Non-Degree Studies Program (NDS) must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission
  • GPAs are calculated based on all transferable-types of courses attempted. Courses repeated at previous institutions are calculated with the original grades earned.  We will exclude the two lowest grades below a C when calculating the overall cumulative GPA from all colleges attended outside of NC State University.

Please note: Students taking college-level courses while in high school (dual enrollment), including early college high schools, are freshman applicants for admission purposes.

NC State Academic Programs Admission Considerations

Competitive transfer applicants have at least 30 hours of transferable credits and meet their requested program’s unique GPA and course requirements (see below). However, these factors alone do not guarantee admission, as a range of accomplishments and qualifications are also considered.

Agriculture and Life Science

Agriculture programs:

  • 2.5 and above GPA for Agriculture programs (preference given to students with 3.0 and above GPA)
  • English Composition I & II  equal to NC State’s ENG 101
  • College-level Pre-calculus or higher Math course
  • 1 semester of General Biology or General Chemistry w/ Lab (preference is given to students with both courses)

Life Science & Pre-professional

  • 2.7 and above GPA for Life Sciences & Pre-professional programs (3.0 GPA required for Animal Science & Biochemistry)
  • English Composition I & II  equal to NC State’s ENG 101
  • College-level Pre-calculus or higher Math course (2 semesters of Calculus preferred for Biochemistry)
  • 2 semesters of General Biology I & II
  • 1 to 2 semesters of General Chemistry w/ Lab

Additional information is available on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences website.

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Design

Studio Based Majors: Architecture, Art+Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design

  • 2.7 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Pre-calculus or higher Math course
  • Online portfolio and special essay
  • Transcripts showing completion of at least 15 credit hours and spring schedule must arrive by January 15
  • Complete application received by November 1

Please note: Studio-based majors can only apply for the fall semester.

Non-Studio Based Majors: Design Studies

  • 3.0 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Pre-calculus or higher Math course
  • Complete application received by March 15

 

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Education

  • 2.7 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Math

In addition, please note the following specific requirements by program:

Mathematics Education

Applicants for all Mathematics Education programs must have:

  • 2.7 overall GPA for all Mathematics, Statistics and Programming courses (beginning with Calculus I)
  • 8 semester hours of Calculus equal to NC State’s MA 141 & 241
  • 4 semester hours of Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Science Education

Applicants for all Science Education programs must have:

  • 2.7 overall GPA for all Science courses
  • 3-4 semester hours of Calculus
  • 8 semester hours of Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies

Applicants for this program must meet both the overall GPA requirement as well as have a minimum 2.7 overall GPA in the teaching field (English and History courses).

Elementary Education

Elementary Education is not available to transfer students.

 

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Engineering

  • 3.0 and above GPA*
  • English Composition I & II  equal to NC State’s ENG 101
  • 8 semester hours of Calculus equal to NC State’s MA 141 & 241
  • 2.5 GPA in the last two Calculus or higher Mathematics courses
  • Calculus-based Physics equal to NC State’s PY 205 & 206
  • General Chemistry with lab equal to NC State’s CH 101 & 102

*The minimum GPA for consideration is a 3.0, with the following exceptions:

  • Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering: 3.5 (Acceptance is extremely competitive and on a space-available basis only.)
  • Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Construction Engineering and Management: 3.5
  • Biomedical Engineering: 3.5 (Additional application required. Please contact College of Engineering for more information.)

Additional information is available on the College of Engineering website.

Please note:  Engineering majors can only apply for the fall semester.

 

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Environmental Sciences

  • 2.5 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Calculus
  • 3-4 semester hours of Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Additional information is available on the Environmental Sciences website.

 

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Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 3.0 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Math

Please note: Transfer admission for Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS), a distance-education degree completion program, requires one of the following:

  • completion of an associate degree (AA or AS degree)
  • 60 hours of transferable credit
  • English Composition I & II equal to NC State’s ENG 101
  • College-level Math
  • coursework needed to satisfy the general education (GEP) curricula requirements for the major

Particular emphasis will be placed on the most recent academic course work attempted.

 

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Poole College of Management

  • 3.0 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • 3-4 credit hours of College-level Calculus

 

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Natural Resources

  • English Composition
  • College Algebra or Pre-Calculus (Parks, Recreation & Tourism majors may have any college-level Math)

GPA requirements for College of Natural Resources Concentrations:

  • Environmental Technology: 2.5
  • Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology: 2.5
  • Parks, Recreation & Tourism: 3.0
  • Professional Golf Management: 2.5
  • Sports Management: 3.0
  • Paper Science & Engineering: 3.0 (See Engineering for specific course requirements.)
  • Other concentrations: 2.1

Please Note: For strong consideration into Environmental Technology and Management, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Conservation Biology, Forest Management, Natural Resources-Ecosystem Assessment and Natural Resources-Policy and Administration, it is highly recommended that applicants have also completed one semester of each of the following courses:

  • College-level Calculus
  • College Biology with a lab
  • College Chemistry with a lab

 

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Sciences

Biological Sciences (all concentrations), Genetics, Microbiology and Zoology

  • 3.0 and above GPA
  • English Composition I & II equal to NC State’s ENG 101
  • 3-4 semester hours of Calculus equal to NC State’s MA 131 or 141 (The NC Community College System does not offer a Calculus course equal to MA 131)
  • General Biology I & II equal to NC State’s BIO 181 and 183
  • General Chemistry with Lab equal to NC State’s CH 101 & 102

Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics

  • 3.0 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • 8 semester hours of Calculus with a 2.5 GPA in the last two Calculus or higher Mathematics courses
  • 4 semester hours of Physical Science with Lab

Geology, Marine Sciences (all concentrations), Meteorology, and Natural Resources with a Concentration in Marine & Coastal Resources:

  • 2.8 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • 4 semester hours of Calculus
  • 4 semester hours of Physical Science with Lab

 

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Textiles

Fashion & Textile Design:

 Please note:  Fashion & Textile Design majors can only apply for the fall semester.

Fashion & Textile Management

  • 2.8 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Calculus
  • College Chemistry

The most competitive applicants will have completed both Chemistry and Calculus; however, a student who has completed at least one of these will still be considered.

Polymer and Color Chemistry

  • 2.4 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Calculus
  • College Chemistry

The most competitive applicants will have completed both Chemistry and Calculus; however, a student who has completed at least one of these will still be considered.

Textile Technology

  • 2.6 and above GPA
  • English Composition
  • College-level Calculus
  • College Chemistry

 

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Transferable Credits

Qualifying AP scores can be used to meet transfer admission coursework requirements.

College-level work must be completed with a C or better grade at a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission/transfer credit. Work completed in technical programs is not considered for transfer credit or GPA calculation.

Credits awarded by another institution without a letter grade of C or higher cannot be used to meet admissions requirements.

Applicants can search the following databases to determine which course credits from other institutions will transfer to NC State.  Final authority regarding course transferability toward a particular degree rests with the individual academic units.  Equivalent courses designated as *** transfer in as elective credits.

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