COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

NC State continues to work with county and state health officials to monitor and respond to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Due to its impact, NC State has implemented the following changes and accommodations to facilitate the admissions process and protect the health and safety of our students.

Due to reduced University operations, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Joyner Visitor Center are closed to the public, but our staff are still available to assist you by phone, email, or a virtual meeting! To speak with an Admissions Officer call 919-515-2434, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, email us at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu or schedule a virtual appointment.

We encourage you to visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus for more information on campus updates.

Information for Admitted Students for Fall 2020

New Student & Family Orientation and Summer Start programs for summer 2020 are moving online. For more information regarding impacts to Orientation and Summer Start due to COVID-19, visit https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/coronavirus/.

Orientation is required for all incoming students. Make sure to visit the New Student Checklist https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/checklist/ to assist you in becoming the newest member of the Wolfpack family.

If you have had a change in your or your family’s financial circumstances, you should contact the financial aid office directly. A staff directory can be found online at https://emas.ncsu.edu/units/scholarships-and-financial-aid/.

We are committed to creating solutions that will keep the NC State community safe and strong, protect high-risk members of our Pack, and best serve our students.

We have adjusted our fall plans based on current conditions and expectations of the future health climate with guidance and restrictions from State of North Carolina and the UNC System. Our University has recently released a statement on the fall semester, including starting classes and ending the semester earlier. For more information, visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus.

  • Deferring Enrollment
    • Deferring enrollment to Spring 2021 semester – students wishing to defer their enrollment to the spring term or take a gap term can email the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu. The deadline to request a deferral from the Fall to Spring 2021 semester is August 1, 2020.
    • Deferring enrollment to the Fall 2021 semester – email the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu. The deadline to request a deferral from the Fall 2020 to fall 2021 semester is August 1, 2020.
    • International Students – If you are unable to obtain your student visa or travel to the US in time for the beginning of the fall semester, you can choose to defer your enrollment to the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters. Please email our office at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu.

Final high school transcripts with a date of graduation are due by July 15. If you are having difficulty having a final transcript sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, please contact the admissions office at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu.

We know that virtual schooling could have presented you with an alternative grading system.  To confirm your admission, we will use your final academic information during our senior grade review and have flexibility with courses that do not have traditional letter grades. Students who received a Pass grade or Credit earned designation on their transcript will not be impacted in our final review.

During the semesters associated with COVID-19, NC State will honor pass/fail grades from any regionally accredited community college/university that an applicant attends. During the application process, pass/fail grades will be reviewed but not calculated into your cumulative GPA, which we use for review purposes.

If you are performing well in your current classes and have a “B” or higher average, you may want to consider keeping the letter grade and not switch to pass/fail (if your university allows for that option). Keeping a letter grade may make you more competitive, as we put an emphasis on your cumulative GPA and grades in our recommended major specific coursework in our admissions review process.

If you were to be admitted, transfer credit will be awarded for a “pass” final grade. No transfer credit will be awarded for a “fail” final grade. If you choose to keep your letter grade, any grade that is a C- or higher can transfer to NC State. A course’s ability to transfer is contingent on if we can accept it as elective credit or a direct equivalent course at NC State. You can view our transfer course credit database to see how your credits will transfer over.

We will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards, and other institutions for final documentation of a student’s examinations and work. NC State will grant credit based on the scores we receive.  Information regarding credit by examination can be found on our website at https://admissions.ncsu.edu/apply/credit-opportunities/.

Future NC State Applicants

Our Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 application deadlines can be found here. The Common Application and Coalition Application will be available in August 2020. For more information about applying to NC State, visit admissions.ncsu.edu/apply/.

Freshman applicants and transfer applicants with less than 30 transferable credits will still be required to submit either the SAT or ACT. We know the cancellation of some test dates for the SAT or ACT will result in a limited number of opportunities to take these exams. While applicants will still be expected to submit standardized test results as part of their application, we know you might not have the opportunity to take these tests multiple times.

Please know that we do not expect applicants to take these exams more than once. SAT or ACT test scores are only one part of our holistic review. We will continue to review our test policies as more information about the exam schedule becomes available.

We will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards, and other institutions for final documentation of a student’s examinations and work.  NC State will grant credit based on the scores we receive.

Information regarding credit by examination can be found on our website here.

International applicants must meet English proficiency requirements. Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. For more information about applying as an international student, visit our website here.

  • College Classes- During the semesters associated with the COVID-19, NC State will honor pass/fail grades from any regionally accredited community college/university that an applicant attends. During the application process, pass/fail grades will be reviewed but will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA, which we use for review purposes.
  • High School Courses- If your high school allows different grading options for your courses, you can choose the grading option that you feel most accurately reflects your performance in the course. Grades of “Pass” or “Credit” will not negatively impact your application. However, it is important to note that “Pass” grades will not be included in the GPA calculation. NC State utilizes a holistic review process which allows us to take context into consideration when reviewing applications.

As the safety of our guests and Wolfpack community is our number one priority, NC State has canceled all in-person admissions events, including tours of campus, through the end of August.

We encourage you to take a virtual tour of campus, register to attend a virtual admissions information session, or schedule a virtual appointment with a member of the admissions team at visit.ncsu.edu.