Transfer Application Process

We’ve broken it down into a few simple steps for you. Make sure to submit your application and all required materials by the deadline. If you are an international transfer applicant, you will be required to submit a few additional materials. We may also request your high school transcript and test scores if you have less than 30 transferable credits completed.

How to Apply

  1. Review our deadlines – Stay up to date with when to apply. The application will be available in August. Make sure you pay attention to the additional requirements and timelines if you are applying for a Studio-Based Major or the Agricultural Institute.
  2. Plan your path – Once you identify which major you are interested in applying for, review our recommendations for competitive applicants to set yourself up to be the most competitive in the review process.
  3. Complete the application – Select one of the following applications: the NC State Transfer Application, the Common App or the Coalition App. We do not have a preference. For Studio-Based Majors, you will need to submit a portfolio with your application.
  4. Pay the application fee – There is an $85 non-refundable application fee ($100 for international applicants).
  5. Submit your transcript(s) – Request an official transcript from each institution you have attended to be sent directly to our office. Students with less than 30 transferable credits completed or who are under the age of 21 at the time they apply may be required to submit an official high school transcript and self-reported test scores. 
  6. Check your status – We encourage you to check your wolfPAW account frequently throughout the application process. You can see which documents we have received or what may still be missing. Your wolfPAW account is also where we will notify you of your final admission decision.

Studio-Based Majors

If you are applying for one of the following programs you should submit your application and art portfolio by November 1.

  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Fashion & Textile Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design


Your wolfPAW account will be your one stop for all information regarding your application.

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After You Apply

Once you’ve submitted the application we will be in touch. You’re not done quite yet – there are just a few more steps.

  1. Log in to your wolfPAW account – You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been submitted. You will then receive log in credentials for your wolfPAW account, your applicant portal, within 14 days. Follow the link in the email to log in to your account to access your application information and view the materials we have on file for you.
  2. Check your email for updates to your application – Your email address on your application is how we will contact you. Make sure to check it at least once a week to stay up to date with your application status.
  3. Submit any missing items – After your application is submitted and processed, we will let you know if we are missing any required materials on your wolfPAW account under your To Do List. When materials are received, they will have a green check beside them. Your patience is appreciated as we work as quickly as possible to add your documents to your file once received. It typically takes 2-3 weeks once received for materials to be processed and reflected on your wolfPAW account.
  4. Complete the FAFSA – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available each October 1. To be considered for federal aid and state and institutional need-based financial aid you must submit a FAFSA. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 – you do not need to wait for a final admission decision. You are given first consideration for all need-based scholarship and grant assistance awarded by the university if you apply by the March 1 priority deadline.
    • Available – October 1
    • Priority Deadline – March 1
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  5. View your decision – You will be notified of your admission decision on your wolfPAW account. We release all decisions on the notification date corresponding to the application deadline for the semester you apply for. We will make one of three decisions after reviewing your application. Some students we are able to admit right away, for fall applicants we may ask that you submit your spring grades before we make a final decision, and unfortunately some will not be considered competitive. If you are denied, we encourage you to review our recommendations for competitive applicants and apply again in the future.