Freshman Application Procedure

Connect with NC State through wolfPAW, NC State’s Personal Admissions Website which allows you to create an online profile, register for campus events and tours, and check your application status.  Apply online via the Common Application which conveniently allows you to apply to multiple schools with one application.  You will then complete our institution’s questions in the Member Questions section.

A complete application includes:

  • application submitted through the Common Application
  • non-refundable application fee ($80 for domestic/$100 for international) (Fee waivers from College Board, ACT or NACAC are accepted for freshman applicants.  Please see your high school guidance counselor for additional information.)
  • official SAT or ACT scores
  • official academic transcripts submitted by your high school counselor through the Common Application
  • online portfolio and essay (required for studio-based major programs)

Letters of recommendation are not required and not recommended.

If you attended another college after graduating from high school (or after earning the GED), then see the Transfer Students Application Requirements. If you were ever previously enrolled as a degree student at NC State, contact Registration and Records about readmission.

If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident, you will need to submit a copy of your Green Card. Applicants who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents should see the International Students page of our website for applications procedures and deadlines.

After you Apply

Once you submit your application via the Common Application, keep up with your application status through your wolfPAW account.  Also remember to frequently check your email for updates throughout the application process.

Your decision will be displayed on your wolfPAW account after your complete application has been received and reviewed.  See Dates and Deadlines for your application’s notification date.

The decision may be “admitted,” “deferred,” or “denied”:

  • If you are admitted, see our Admitted page for instructions on how to confirm your enrollment.
  • If your application is deferred for Final Deadline, we will ask you to report your first semester senior grades online. Students who submit complete applications by January 15 will be considered for Final Deadline and notified of their admission status in late March.
  • If your application is denied, you can apply as a transfer student after completing the transfer criteria.

Once students have confirmed their intent to enroll at the University, upon graduation they are required to submit their final official transcript from each institution attended.