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International First-Year Applicants

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.

How To Apply

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.

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.

Select a Major

On the application, you’ll be asked to select up to two majors based on your interests. We encourage you to select two different majors because if we determine you’re not competitive for your first-choice major, you’ll be reviewed for your second-choice major. If admitted, you will begin directly in the major selected.

For studio-based majors (Architecture, Art & Design, Fashion & Textile Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design), you will need to submit a 10-piece portfolio and design essay with your application by November 1.

Complete the Essay Prompts

You’ll choose an essay prompt from the list provided by Common App or Coalition App so you can share your story with us in 650 words or less. We also have some additional short answer questions to help us get to know you better. These responses will be included in your application.

Required Short Answer Questions

  • Explain why you selected the academic program(s) above and why you are interested in studying these at NC State.
  • NC State University is committed to building a just and inclusive community, one that does not tolerate unjust or inhumane treatment, and that denounces it, clearly and loudly. Please describe what those words mean to you and how you will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive NC State environment.

University Honors and Scholars Program

If you are interested in being considered for NC State’s University Honors and Scholars Program, there are additional questions required with responses of no more than 350 words available on the admissions application or on your wolfPAW account after you apply. Learn more about admissions criteria for these programs here.

Additional Application Materials

Applicants attending school outside the U.S. must submit the following materials to complete their application:

  • Official secondary school transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (optional)

Applicants attending school in the U.S. must submit the following materials to complete their application:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Financial Ability
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (optional for 2022 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.

Submitting Official Transcripts

Official secondary school transcripts must be sent to our office to complete your application. To be considered official, documents must be sent directly to the admissions office from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope. Learn more about submitting official transcripts here.

  • 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.

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.

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

Additional Information

If you plan on taking the Duolingo English Test (DET) or the IELTS Academic/ IELTS Indicator test, please review the below information to learn more about score submission.

We will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) to complete applications for Spring and Fall 2022. 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.

  • We only accept official scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center via the e-delivery service.
  • We do not accept paper score reports.
  • When you take the test, you must specific North Carolina State University Undergraduate Admissions as a score recipient.

Enter the below address in the IELTS system:

North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Admissions
CB7103
121 Peele Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695

Options for Meeting English Proficiency Requirements

Use the tools below to view the test scores required for full and conditional admission.

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 50 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 80 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for condition admission:
    • 50 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 9.0 or higher (minimum of 8.0 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 6.0 or higher

MyBest Scores not considered

  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 110 or higher on current scale
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 85 or higher on current scale
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.0 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 5.5 or higher
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub-score)
  • Scores required for conditional admission:
    • 45 or higher
  • Scores required for full undergraduate admission:
    • 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):

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Spring 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $16,088
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $48,828

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Fall 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,895
Living Expenses: $16,571
Health Expenses: $2,776
Total: $50,242

Summer Expenses:

Additionally, if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need approximately $5,524 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 on your uploaded financial document(s):

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Spring 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,045
Living Expenses: $21,451
Health Expenses: $2,695
Total: $54,191

Estimated Expenses for Students Starting at NC State in Fall 2022
Tuition and Fees: $30,895
Living Expenses: $22,095
Health Expenses: $2,776
Total: $55,766

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 or ACT test scores.

  • Self-reported test scores will not be considered.
  • SAT Essay and ACT Writing scores are not required.
  • Scores received from test dates prior to the application deadline will be considered.
  • We cannot guarantee test scores received after the application deadline will be considered in your application review.

For 2022 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 2022 applicants here.

For first-year international students attending high school in the U.S. applying after 2022, 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.

After You Apply

Check Your Email

Two weeks after you submit your application to NC State, you will receive an email with credentials to log in to wolfPAW, your applicant portal.

You can use your wolfPAW account to:

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

We encourage you to check your email often, as we may email you about additional missing items needed to complete your application.

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.

View Your Decision

International applicants outside the U.S. will receive their decisions on a rolling basis, meaning your decision will be released after your application has been completed and reviewed by our office.

When your decision is ready for you to view, you will receive an email prompting you to check your wolfPAW account.

Types of Decisions

  • Admit 
    • Full Admission: Some students who are academically competitive and have met the English language proficiency requirements will be offered full admission directly into a degree program. Visit our admitted student page to learn about next steps for joining the Wolfpack family. Applicants must pay a $300 non-refundable enrollment deposit to confirm their enrollment.
    • Conditional Admission: Students who are academically competitive but do not meet the English language proficiency requirements will be considered for conditional admission through NC State’s Intensive English Program (IEP). Applicants must pay a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit to confirm their enrollment. View the enrollment checklist to get started.
  • Defer – When we review applications, we find some applicants that may benefit from the opportunity to provide improved fall grades before receiving a final decision in March.
  • Waitlist – We are unable to admit all qualified students into our class. Some applicants are placed on the waitlist who we believe would be successful at NC State if space is available.
  • Deny – Unfortunately, some students will not be considered competitive for first-year admission. We encourage denied applicants to consider applying to NC State in the future as a transfer applicant.