Information for Transfer Applicants on the Waitlist

Admission to NC State is highly selective. We received over 3,700 applications by the final application deadline for the 1,450 spaces available in the fall 2021 transfer class. Due to the large number of competitive applicants, we are unable to admit all qualified students for our fall class. Students placed on the waitlist are those we believe would be successful at NC State if space becomes available. Read below for more information about being on the waitlist.

If you are currently enrolled in classes, we encourage you to submit an official final college transcript that includes your spring grades by June 1. 

What does it mean to be on the waitlist?

Due to the competition of our applicant pool and space availability, we are unable to admit you at this time. We will contact you by June 15 if we are able to offer you admission off the waitlist for fall 2021.

What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist?

It is difficult to anticipate how many students we will be able to offer acceptance from the waitlist until after May 1, our enrollment confirmation deadline. If we are able to offer you admission, we will contact you by June 15 and you can consider the best option for you at that time.

How can I appeal being placed on the waitlist?

You cannot appeal being placed on the waitlist, as this is not a final admissions decision.

What is my number on the waitlist?

Our waitlist is not numbered. We will consider you for any space available in the transfer class after we have heard back from admitted students by the May 1 confirmation deadline.

What, if anything, should I provide to increase my chances of being admitted from the waitlist?

If you have courses in progress this spring term, we encourage you to submit an official final copy of your college transcript. Resumes, letters of recommendation and evaluative interviews are not required or recommended. Requesting a major change will not change your waitlist status.


During the semesters associated with COVID-19, NC State will honor pass/fail grades from any regionally accredited institution 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. 

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 choose to move to pass/fail but have access to current courses-in-progress letter grades, we encourage you to upload them to your wolfPAW account as soon as possible. 

I would like to meet with an admissions counselor.

Our office is not currently offering in-person meetings with admissions officers, but we are readily available by phone (919-515-2434) or email Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. If you are interested in meeting with a member of our staff individually, we have virtual one-on-one appointment sign ups available here.