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Transfer Application Review

Your prior college work is the best indicator of your future success at NC State, but we acknowledge that you also bring unique experiences as a transfer student. Whether you have served in the military, taken time off, have worked full-time, or are just looking for a new opportunity - we consider it all.

If you are an international transfer applicant, we take a few additional factors into consideration.

What We Look For

We’ve provided an inside look at our application review to help you plan to be competitive for admission at NC State.

College Coursework and GPA

We recommend you have a minimum of 30 transferable college semester credit hours completed (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 for fall admission. You should review our recommendations for competitive applicants for specific coursework and a recommended GPA for your intended major.

You must be eligible to return to each institution you have previously attended and if you attempted coursework through NC State’s Non-Degree Studies Program (NDS), you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission.

High School Coursework (if less than 30 transferable credit hours)

If you have less than 30 transferable college semester credit hours completed or in progress, not including dual enrollment coursework, we may ask for your high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores along with your college transcript. We then have the opportunity to see if your high school coursework, grades, and test scores are competitive for admission.

Interest in Major

At NC State, we admit students directly into the program they apply to. For that reason, our review process is dependent upon your selected major and your interest in that major. Let us know which academic program you are interested in and why. We look for related courses and activities you have been involved in throughout high school and college. 

Accomplishments and Involvement

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 let us know about the company/organization you founded, the research you have been conducting or the fact that you work 40 hours a week and still maintain a strong academic record.

Background and Opportunities

We consider diversity, legacy status, first-generation status, and rural areas. 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.

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.