What We Look For
Your academic achievement
We are looking for strong grades and competitive courses beginning your first year of high school. We’ll consider your courses in-progress as well, so finish out strong. Schools offer a variety of curricula so we don’t 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.
We recommend you have a minimum of 30 transferable college semester credit hours (or 45 quarter hours) before you apply to NC State. We will consider courses in progress as long as they are complete by June 1. If you are transferring from a U.S. institution, you should review our recommendations for competitive applicants. You must be eligible to return to each institution you have previously attended.
Your financial ability
If you require an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study in the U.S. you must prove your ability to cover the estimated school expenses by completing the Certificate of Financial Responsibility.
Your level of English language skills
If you are not from a country where English is the official or commonly spoken language then you need to provide proof of your English language skills by meeting one of the requirements. If you do not meet the minimum scores required for full admission or meet the minimum requirements but do not meet the minimum sub-section requirements you may be considered for conditional admission through the NC State Intensive English Program.
Not required if you are a national of one of these countries
Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom
English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting these requirements:
|Options for Meeting Requirements||Scores Required for Full Undergraduate Admission||Scores Required for Conditional Admission|
|TOEFL IBT (code: 5496)||85 or higher (minimum of 18 in each sub score)||60 or higher|
|TOEFL Paper Based (code: 5496)||563 or higher||500 or higher|
|IELTS Academic||6.5 or higher (minimum of 6.5 in each sub score)||6.0 or higher|
|PTE Academic||62 or higher (minimum of 53 in each sub score)||45 or higher|
|Intensive English Program||Completion of Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and meet all other exit criteria|
|English Composition I and II from an accredited U.S. College or University||Grade of C or higher|
Your interest in the program you are applying for
Let us know which academic program you are interested in and why. We look for related courses and activities you have been involved in.
Your accomplishments/involvement outside the classroom
We are interested in what you invest your time in outside the classroom, whether that may be the arts, sports, volunteering or working. This is your chance to brag about the company/organization you founded, the research you have been conducting, the first place trophy your robotics team won or other awards and honors you have received.
Your background and opportunities
We understand not every student has the same opportunities. We take into consideration the curriculum, course offerings, grading scale and activities offered at your school.
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.
Your individual story
We want to hear from you about distinctive experiences, skills, or successes you may have had. If you have a unique circumstance that may have affected your academic performance for a period of time or in a specific class, we encourage you to share your story.
Your interactive interview (Chinese applicants)
We strongly encourage Chinese citizens to submit a third-party unscripted interview. It gives you an opportunity to provide more information about your academic and personal background, your capabilities and potential, and your overall achievements. Contact InitialView or Vericant to set up an interview and submit it with your other materials by the application deadline.
Your SAT or ACT composite score (Freshman applicants only)
If you are completing high school outside the U.S., submitting ACT or SAT scores are optional. If you are completing high school in the U.S., you must submit ACT or SAT scores. If you have been attending high school in the U.S. for less than six months, please contact our office to determine if an English proficiency exam, such as TOEFL, is more appropriate for you. We expect ACT or SAT scores that align with your strong academic ability and encourage you to take the SAT or ACT more than once. It is important to submit all your scores, so we are able to look at your highest sub-score from each section across your test dates to create a super-score.