transfer - Am I Competitive?
Transfer applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully completing college-level work. Competitive applicants must have the following in order to be considered for transfer admission:
- a strong college GPA
- a minimum of 30 semester (or 45 quarter hours) of transferable credits
- credit for a college level English composition course and a college Math course applicable to the requested degree program. Please Note: Statistics can not be used to meet the Math requirement.
- eligibility to return to each institution previously attended.
- Additional coursework may be required, depending on the degree program desired. Applicants must also meet the UNC-system Minimum Course Requirements
- Many students apply to transfer to NC State with college courses in progress elsewhere. Applications should be submitted by the application deadline, even if you are still working on coursework to meet minimum admission requirements.
- Transcripts should be received by November 1 (for spring semester applicants) or by April 1 (for fall or summer applicants). We will continue to process documents received after the April 1 deadline, but you should be aware that applications completed after that date are subject to space availability, and space may no longer be available in your chosen curriculum.
- For spring admissions, courses in-progress during the fall term can not be taken into consideration.
- Separate deadlines pertain to international applicants.
Note: You are a transfer applicant if you have taken college courses since graduation from high school (including students who are applying for a second undergraduate degree). Early College students and others who take college level courses while enrolled in high school ("dual enrollment") are considered freshman applicants for admission purposes.
In order to be considered for transfer admission your cumulative GPA for all college work previously attempted must meet or exceed the requirements listed for your desired major. This requirement varies by college or program (view the requirements by college or program here).
Transfer students must submit official transcripts from each institution they have attended (this also includes your official high school transcript, GED or Adult Hight School Diploma). Transfer credit is granted for coursework with a 'C' or better grade, including coursework attempted at NC State through the Non-Degree Studies program. If there has been work completed at an institution outside of the U.S., official transcripts and an official "course-by-course" evaluation must be submitted from an accredited foreign credential evaluation service. The official evaluation must include course, grade, and credit equivalents in U.S. terms.
Qualifying scores for certain AP exams may be used to meet admissions course requirements. AP scores must be sent to NC State directly from the College Board - we will not accept scores forwarded to us or reported on transcripts. A complete listing of all course credit and placement offered to enrolled students for qualifying AP scores is described on the AP credit information page. Note: Transfer students receive course credit for AP scores on their university transcript one semester after enrollment.
Transfer Course Equivalency
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is not able to evaluate an applicant’s transfer credits until after an application has been officially submitted and reviewed. A list of courses at other institutions that have transferred for credit to NC State in the past is available on our Course Equivalencies website.
College level work must be completed at a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission/transfer credit. Work completed in technical programs is not normally considered for transfer credit.
The following links will direct you to additional admissions criteria, which vary by major. This information should help you determine your admissibility as a transfer student and assist you in planning appropriate courses before you transfer. For a complete listing of majors please see the Registration & Records Degree Requirements page. You may also find it useful to refer to the Eight Semester Breakdown Display, which will show a suggested plan of study.
Agriculture and Life Science majors
Environmental Sciences major
Humanities and Social Sciences majors
Natural Resources majors
Physical and Mathematical Sciences majors (Future "College of Sciences")
If you do not meet the criteria listed for your desired major you should continue at your current school until you meet the appropriate GPA and course requirements. We do not recommend selecting an alternate major in the hope of later transferring into your preferred major. If you enroll in a different major you will not be able to take courses in your preferred major because most upper-level courses are limited only to students officially enrolled in the program. You would also be subject to on-campus transfer requirements, which are no less rigorous than the off-campus transfer requirements.
Alternately, you may wish to enroll at NC State as a part-time, non-degree student through Non-Degree Studies to complete the transfer requirements. Applicants who have taken coursework through NC State University’s Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA within NDS and must still meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement. Students enrolled in NDS beginning with the Spring 2008 semester, must have 30 transferable hours to be considered for transfer admission. Also, in order to enroll in NDS, students must have their high school diploma for at least one year.
Applicants who will not be 24 years old* before they enroll must meet UNC-system Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) at the high school level including:
- English: 4 years
- Mathematics: 4 years, in any of the following combinations:
--algebra I and II, geometry, and one unit beyond algebra II,
--algebra I and II, and two units beyond algebra II, or
--integrated math I, II, and III, and one unit beyond integrated math III.
A high school mathematics course higher than Algebra II is required for all applicants who graduate from high school in May 2006 and later.
- Science: 3 years, including 1 year of life or biological science and 1 year of a physical science; 1 must be a laboratory course
- Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language (for applicants who graduated from high school in May 2004 or later.
- Social Studies: 2 years, including 1 year of U.S. history
Students who do not meet high school MCR will be required to complete 6 credit hours of the following at the college level:
- Natural science
- Social or behavioral science courses
- Foreign language (only applies to applicants who graduated high school in May 2004 or later)
A student can also meet MCR by completing the 44-hour general education core course requirement at a North Carolina community college, or complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts or Associate of Science degree at any regionally accredited institution.Note: Foreign language proficiency is a General Education Requirement at NC State. Students may satisfy that requirement through completion of two years of a foreign language in high school (both years in the same language with a grade of “C” or better for each year before high school graduation). Students who have not fulfilled the proficiency requirement while in high school must complete foreign language proficiency through the FL 102 level before graduation.
*All transfer applicants must provide an official high school transcript, GED or Adult High School diploma, regardless of age and previous degrees.