International First-Year Admissions

International students who have graduated or will graduate from secondary school (high school) but have not earned credits at a post-secondary institution should apply as a first-year (freshman) applicant. You will find information below for international applicants who attend secondary schools outside and inside the U.S.

International students who have graduated from secondary school and have enrolled at a post-secondary institution should apply as a transfer applicant.

Apply Online

Choose to apply through one of our two applications. We do not have a preference which application you choose. A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required, and application fee waivers are not accepted.

Common Application Coalition Application

Select a Major

You will have the opportunity to select up to two majors on the application for consideration in the review process. We recommend selecting two different majors based on your interests. If we determine you are not competitive for your first-choice major, we will review you for your second-choice major. If admitted, you will begin directly in the major selected. For studio-based design majors, you will need to submit a 10-piece portfolio and design essay with your application. View our 100+ majors and minors here.

Apply on Time

Review our deadlines prior to submitting the application. Please note that a few programs do not accept applications for spring entry. If you are currently attending school outside of the U.S., you will receive your decision on a rolling basis, as your application will be reviewed once it has been completed.

Application Materials

Use the links below to learn more about the application materials.

Attending School Outside the U.S.

  • Completed application and non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Official secondary school transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores (Optional)

Attending School Inside the U.S.

  • Completed application and non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores (Optional for 2021 applicants)

Academic Achievement


Your academic achievement is the best indicator of your future success at NC State. We look for strong grades and competitive courses beginning your first year of high school. We will also consider your courses in-progress. Schools offer a variety of curricula so we do not require specific courses. We encourage you to take challenging courses your school may offer that prove your ability for future success. If offered we recommend taking AP, IB, and A or AS-level courses. Strong grades in these courses will not only strengthen your academic record, but you may also receive course credit for them at NC State.

Official secondary-school transcripts are required to be sent to our office to complete your application. To be considered official, documents must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope. Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by English translation. Translations must be done by the issuing institution, Ministry of Education or a certified translator.

Submit official transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
121 Peele Hall
10 Watauga Club Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607 USA

Proof of English Proficiency

International first-year applicants attending high school outside of the U.S. and international first-year applicants who started high school in the U.S. in grade 10 or later must meet English proficiency test requirements as listed in the following table unless you are a national from one of the countries listed below. Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic, Duolingo English Test and PTE Academic test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

If you meet the competitive academic requirements for undergraduate admission but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements, you may be considered for conditional admission through the NC State Intensive English Program. This program allows you to improve your English skills before starting a degree program.

TEMPORARY OPTION: DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST (DET)

We will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) to complete applications for Spring and Fall 2021. A minimum score of 110 on the current DET scale (or 60 on the DET scoring scale prior to July 15, 2019) is necessary for full admission to NC State. To be considered for conditional admission, a minimum score of 85 on the current DET scale (or 28 on the DET scoring scale prior to July 15, 2019) is required. Test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the testing agency.

NOT REQUIRED IF YOU ARE A NATIONAL OF ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Options for Meeting Requirements Scores Required for Full Undergraduate Admission Scores Required for Conditional Admission
TOEFL iBT (code: 5496)
*electronic submission only
**MyBest Scores not considered
80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score) 50 or higher
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test (code: 5496)
*electronic submission only
**MyBest Scores not considered
80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score) 50 or higher
Duolingo English Test (DET) 110 or higher on current scale 85 or higher on current scale
IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator
*electronic submission only
6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score) 5.5 or higher
PTE Academic 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub-score) 45 or higher
NC State Intensive English Program Completion of Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria

Proof of Financial Ability

If you are seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study in the U.S., you must provide evidence of sufficient financial resources to meet estimated expenses below. After submitting the application, you will complete the Certificate of Financial Responsibility through your wolfPAW account and upload a a bank statement issued within the last six months. International applicants are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

Estimated School Expenses

You must show proof of the following estimated costs on your uploaded financial document(s):

Spring 2021
Tuition and Fees: $29,220
Living Expenses: $15,393
Health Expenses: $2,847
Total: $47,460

Fall 2021
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $16,088
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $48,828

Summer Expenses:

Additionally, if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need approximately $5,363 for living expenses. Summer employment, either part-time or full-time, should not be considered a significant means of support.

Health Insurance Expenses:

All students will be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan administered by Student Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at the cost listed above (subject to increase).

You must show proof of the following estimated costs for each year of the duration of your undergraduate program on your uploaded financial document(s):

Spring 2021
Tuition and Fees: $29,220
Living Expenses: $20,524
Health Expenses: $2,847
Total: $52,591

Fall 2021
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $21,451
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $54,191

Health Insurance Expenses:

All students will be enrolled in the Student Insurance Plan administered by Student Blue, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at the cost listed above (subject to increase). Student Blue insurance may be waived with proof of other health insurance upon admission.

SAT or ACT Scores

International students attending school outside the U.S. have the option to submit official SAT (code: 5496) or ACT (code: 3164) test scores. Self-reported test scores will not be considered. SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores are not required. Scores received from test dates prior to the application deadline will be considered. We cannot guarantee scores received after the application deadline will be used in your admission decision.

For 2021 spring and fall applicants, submitting the SAT or ACT will be optional due to the limited testing opportunities caused by COVID-19. In the application process, if you feel your test scores are reflective of your academic ability, you can choose to submit them. If you do not have scores available or choose not to submit them, your application will not be negatively affected. Learn more about how test scores will be considered in admission decisions for 2021 applicants here.

For first-year international students attending high school in the U.S. applying after 2021, you will be required to submit either the SAT or the ACT for consideration in the application review process. We look at your highest sub-score from each section across your test dates to create a super-score so we encourage you to take the test more than once and submit all your scores. Start practicing today for the SAT with Khan Academy or prep for the ACT online.

wolfPAW

Your wolfPAW account is your applicant portal. You will receive an email with login credentials about two weeks after submitting your application.

You can use your wolfPAW account to:

  • View application checklist and missing items
  • Upload additional documents such as your passport or Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  • View your admission decision

Once you submit materials and they are received, they will have a green check beside them. Your patience is appreciated as it typically takes 2-3 weeks once materials have been received to be processed and reflected in your wolfPAW account.