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Admissions Fast Facts

As high school seniors and college transfer students prepare for admission to NC State, they may find it helpful to see how they compare to the current student body and previous first-year and transfer classes. The following resources provide fast facts for students as they transition their studies to NC State.

36,000+ students

undergraduate and graduate

100+ majors

offered to undergraduate students

35 students

average class size

There’s a community spirit – we’re all moving forward, and we’re all getting to our goals together.

Laura Cooper

Fashion Textile Management, 2024

2021 Commencement at Carter Finley

Application Numbers

With another record-breaking year of applications received, we continue to be impressed by the many successes and accomplishments of the new students pursuing our Wolfpack from across the globe.

Fall 2021 Applications

  • 32,907 first-year applications received
    • 47.4% acceptance rate
  • 4,118 transfer applications received
    • 47.4% acceptance rate
  • 6,418 total incoming students

5,011

incoming first-year students

1,388

incoming transfer students

15.6%

incoming out-of-state
first-year students

First-Year Students

We’ve provided the middle 50% ranges for weighted and unweighted GPA’s for first-year enrolled students.

4.17 – 4.48

weighted GPA

3.75 – 3.97

unweighted GPA

52%

first-year students applied without submitting test scores

Major Opportunities

While NC State is known for its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, 44% of our incoming students are pursuing a non-STEM program.

A CNR student works in a greenhouse.
A CNR student works in a greenhouse. Photo by Marc Hall College of Natural Resources student Jarami Bond works in the field and in the greenhouse. Photo by Marc Hall

NC State has great people, a great environment and a great education.

Anthony Carter

Art Studies, 2024

Our Students Come From Far and Wide

Incoming students are typically representative of all 100 North Carolina counties, 50 states and more than 35 countries.

Students like Anna Owens from Tennessee found her community among other female coders in the College of Engineering.

Anna Owens

Access and Inclusion

NC State is enriched through the varied knowledge and backgrounds of our students and we expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.

NC State’s community centers, committees and affinity groups help incoming students find a welcoming home on campus.

  • 40% of incoming first-year students are from rural NC counties
  • 17% of students are first in their family to attend college
  • 28% of our first-year class identify as a race other than white

Transfer Students

About 20% of our students start their college career at another college or university. Below you will find stats for the incoming fall 2021 transfer class.

58

average number of
credits transferred

3.21 – 3.82

transfer GPA
middle 50%

54%

students from
NC Community Colleges

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