Decisions, Decisions… But What Do They Mean?
Post by Rachel Ensing
We understand, this can be the most exciting, anxious time of your life- waiting for and receiving your college admissions decision. It can also be very confusing at times, and trust us- we get that too. With so many applications to the University, unfortunately we cannot accept everyone and it gets more competitive every year. However, the folks in the Admissions Office have been working very hard and have enjoyed reading through each application that you all have submitted to us. We want you to know what each decision you receive means and where you can go from there.
First, make sure you know where to check your decision. All decisions are posted in your wolfPAW account. Make sure you log-in to your account to view your decision on December 15.
Second, view your decision! There are three possible decisions that you will receive- “Accepted,” “Deferred,” or “Denied.” However, the decision you receive is not the end of the road, there are still a few steps, as well as options that you will want to explore.
If you have been “Accepted” you will soon be receiving a “New Student Checklist.” Be on the lookout for this information and make sure to follow all of the steps. Something you can also do once you are accepted is submit a Housing application! Housing on campus is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis so the earlier you submit your application, the better chance you have of being assigned to the residence hall of your choice. You can (and should) do this once you are accepted, even if you are not completely sure you will be enrolling at NC State. You will still have until May 1, 2013 to confirm your enrollment by paying the $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit.
If you are notified that you have been “Deferred” this simply means that your application will get another read through. You will be receiving a final decision on March 30 after being given the chance to submit any additional SAT/ACT scores and/or mid-year high school grades. So, don’t give up if you fall into this category- all we are asking for is more information, so make sure you submit it! As recommendation letters are not required for our application process, we will not consider additional letters, so you do not need to submit anything other than additional SAT/ACT test scores and your fall semester grades. Please do not send in any additional transcripts, you should submit your updated grades through your wolfPAW account. For more information about being “Deferred” you can check out the following link: admissions.ncsu.edu/defer.
If the decision you see on your wolfPAW account is “Denied,” this means you will not be able to enroll at NC State University for the Fall of 2013, nor can you apply for a different major at this time- you must wait a full year before submitting another application. HOWEVER, this does not mean that you will never be able to attend, just that you have the opportunity now to take coursework elsewhere and work towards transferring to NC State University. This gives you a chance to explore your major/career interests further. Please keep in mind that the requirements for transfer students are different than freshman admission criteria. The transfer requirements can be found at admissions.ncsu.edu/transfer. One important change is that all transfer students need at least 30 transferable college credit hours. These can be obtained through any regionally accredited Community College or other College/University. After completing this work, you will need to submit a new application through your wolfPAW account.
We hope this information is helpful and will help you plan the remainder of your Senior year of High School and beyond. Remember to check your wolfPAW account before trying to contact us, as everything you will need to know is listed there. Additional information can also be found on our admissions website at admissions.ncsu.edu. We wish you all the best of luck in the coming weeks and hope that you will continue to work hard- Go Pack!
You can find the answers to any additional questions by typing them in at the following website: http://ncstateundergradadmissions.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.