Apply Early Action
Our best advice is to apply early. You’ll receive priority consideration for scholarships as well as our honors and scholars programs.
If you’re currently enrolled in high school, then you apply to NC State as a freshman applicant (also called a “first-year applicant”). The same is true if you’ve already graduated high school but have not yet taken any college courses.
At NC State, “freshman applicant” does not describe your credit standing; it just means you have never enrolled in college courses outside of high school. Both the Common Application and the Coalition Application use the term “freshman” for first-year applicants.
Ready to run with the Pack? Apply now.
Resources for Freshman Applicants
Prepare to Apply
See what’s involved in getting here, and start getting ready.
Learn about our holistic approach to reviewing every application.
If you’ve already begun your college education at a community college or another university, then you’re considered a transfer student when you apply to NC State. Don’t worry, you’re in good company: Around 20 percent of our current students studied elsewhere before making NC State their home.
Make the switch. Apply to NC State.
Resources for Transfer Applicants
Attend a virtual international admissions information session to learn what it takes to be competitive for admission to NC State.
If you are a not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you should apply as an international student. To apply to NC State, you must have completed a program of study that would qualify you to attend university in your home country. International applicants can identify as either a freshman or transfer applicant as defined above.
NC State welcomes students from around the world, and we celebrate the perspectives they bring to our campus. If you have any questions, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has a dedicated team to help you.
When you’re ready to to apply, choose one of the applications below.
Resources for International Applicants
Why NC State?
Find out how to come to NC State as an international applicant.
Learn more about the process of applying as an international first-year applicant.
If you’re attending an early college high school and earning transferable college credit, here’s where you begin.
You don’t have to get a degree to get an NC State education. Learn about our part-time, non-degree offerings.
Dates and Deadlines
Apply on Time
Admission to NC State is highly competitive, and all the dates and deadlines can be daunting when you’re coming to college for the first time. Because your application must be complete before it can be processed, we want you to apply as soon as possible. That way, we’ll have time to tell you if something is missing.