freshman - Application Fine Print
Once you've decided NC State University is the right place for you, it's time to apply. Here's how to get started:
- Note all important deadlines.
- Complete an online application through wolfPAW, your personal admissions website.
- Review your application to make sure it's complete. It should include:
- Complete admission application
- Non-refundable application fee ($70 for domestic and $100 for international undergraduate applications, payable through your wolfPAW account).
- Current high school transcript, including grades 9-11, senior year courses in progress, overall grade point average and class rank. We may request first semester senior year grades before making a decision. The transcript must be received in a sealed envelope by your school or via a recognized transcript delivery service.
- Personal Statement (recommended)
- Official SAT or ACT Plus Writing scores, which must be sent directly from the testing agencies (SAT code #5496, ACT code #3164). We will not accept scores reported on school transcripts. SAT scores can not be more than 5 years old.
- Teacher or counselor recommendations are not required and we do not have forms for this purpose. However, we will consider any documents you wish to send in support of your application. Always make sure to provide your name and date of birth with any correspondence sent to our office:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
Campus Box 7103, 203 Peele Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7103
Keep the testing deadlines in mind: in order to apply for freshman admission, your scores must be reported to us electronically by the first week of November for Early Action (to be considered for merit-based campus scholarships) or by the first week of February for regular admission decisions.
Most applicants take the SAT or ACT more than once, in which case we use the best score for each section. Students are strongly encouraged to submit test scores from their senior year. Applications will not be processed without recent official scores. Please note that NC State requires scores for the writing section of the SAT or ACT. The writing section of the test is included with the SAT, but if you are taking the ACT you must make sure to register for the "ACT Plus Writing."
All admission decisions are non-binding; if you are admitted you may accept or decline the offer. All admitted applicants have until May 1 to submit their Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) to confirm enrollment.
Students who submit complete applications by February 1 will be considered for Final Review and notified of their admission status in late March.
Completing an online application does more than save trees. With the help of wolfPAW, you can:
- Start your application, save your work, then go back to review and make changes before submitting the final document.
- Obtain information about campus visits, open houses and tours.
- Receive e-mail reminders about important dates and deadlines.
- Follow the status of your application.
requesting a major
As a freshman applicant, you'll choose a first and second preference for a major or you can remain undeclared in the college of your choice. If you wish to be advised as a pre-professional (pre-law, pre-med, etc.), you should choose an appropriate academic major. Selecting NC State's First Year College is a good choice if you haven't decided; you'll be able to explore your options before declaring a major your sophomore year.
Please be aware that First Year College and the College of Design only admit new students in the fall semester. The College of Design only accepts students for their first choice of major - second choices will not be reviewed for admission in Design.