Applicants will be asked to choose their first and second preference for a major when they apply, or they may remain undeclared in the program of their choice. Review a comprehensive list of NC State majors.  Students may consider a minor-or two-once they are on campus.  Explore a list of minors offered.

Undecided freshman applicants may select Exploratory Studies – University College as a major choice. These students can explore their options before declaring a major their sophomore year.  University College only admits new students in the fall semester. Exploratory Studies is not an option for transfer students.

Freshman applicants interested in Engineering or Life Sciences programs will choose “Engineering First Year” or “Life Sciences First Year” on their application. First year students in each of these programs will take a common set of courses and participate in a variety of programs designed to facilitate a successful first year in college. When students complete the program, they are expected to go through a change of degree audit (CODA) to apply to major in one of the 18 engineering degree programs or life sciences programs.

Students who plan to follow their undergraduate degree with an advanced degree (ie: medical, dental, veterinary or law degree) may select any major and then choose to work with a Pre-professional Program adviser to target their coursework once they’re on campus.

The College of Engineering and College of Design accept students for fall semester entry only. Applicants for these programs must select it as their first choice major.

The following guidelines apply to transfer applicants:

  • Students must declare a major within their preferred college.
  • During their first year, transfer students may not change their curriculum and can take only courses that satisfy the degree requirements for their curriculum.
  • Students accepted in one degree program who later want to change majors are subject to Change of Degree Audit (CODA) on-campus transfer requirements, which are no less rigorous than the off-campus transfer requirements.