Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions we receive below.

Application and Missing Items

After submitting your application to NC State, you should receive an email with information regarding your applicant portal, wolfPAW, in the next 14 days. Your wolfPAW account is where you can view your application status, missing items and your final admissions decision.

You can view the missing items on your wolfPAW account. Missing items on your wolfPAW account take time to be processed in our system, so give your missing items a couple of weeks to see if they are cleared on your account. If after two weeks your wolfPAW is still notifying you of missing items, call our office and an admissions representative will help you locate your items.

If you need to update or add items to your application after it has been submitted, you can upload the information to your wolfPAW account or email our office at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu.

We are unable to accept official transcripts through fax or attached to an email.

Transcripts should be submitted by your school counselor through The Common Application or the Coalition Application. We will only accept official transcripts – transcripts still in unopened envelopes that were sealed by the issuing institution or sent electronically via a recognized transcript delivery service such as Naviance/Docufide, Scrip-Safe, Avow, National Student Clearinghouse.

When ordering via National Student Clearinghouse, make sure to select North Carolina State University for the recipient school, do not order by only using email address.

Students at participating public high schools in North Carolina can request that their final high school transcript sent through CFNC.

Transcripts sent electronically need to be sent to undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu (National Student Clearinghouse users should select North Carolina State University, do not order by only using email address).

Transcripts sent by mail should be addressed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
Campus Box 7103
Raleigh NC, 27695-7103

Arranging for records/transcripts to be sent to NC State is the responsibility of the applicant and not NC State.

Your transcripts are confidential, and your school will only send a transcript if the request comes from the student.

Students who are sending documents by courier should address them to:

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

Once your application and fee have been submitted, it takes a few days for your application to be downloaded by NC State. You will receive an email confirming we have received your application and a link to check your status and view missing items within two weeks. We would also encourage you to keep a close eye on your spam folder for an email from undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu during this time period, as it is possible for our emails to end up there.

Additionally, it takes about two weeks to process all your documents. Your application may say it is incomplete due to a missing transcript – it can take up to two weeks to be processed, evaluated and entered into the system.

To apply for summer, you will need to select your entry term as fall. If admitted, you can email us at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu to request your application be updated to summer entry. We will then consider you for entry for Summer Session II which begins at the end of June.

Major Selection

If you have not received an admission decision, you can request to change your major by emailing our office at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu from the email account that you applied to NC State with. Once updated, the change will be reflected on your wolfPAW account. The deadline to submit a major change for Early Action applicants is December 1.

If you have received an admission decision, we will consider your major change request but it will not have an effect on your current admission decision. If you are admitted, we will review your requested major on a space available basis. You will need to submit your major change request by emailing our office by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Admission: June 1
  • Spring Admission: July 1

On the application, first-year applicants are asked to select a first and second choice major for review. It is not required for you to choose a second choice major, but it is encouraged. For your second choice major, you are encouraged to choose any major you are interested in pursuing considering there is a possibility that you may be admitted into your second choice major if you are not considered competitive for your first choice major. Majors that are not offered as a second choice:

  • Applied Math
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering majors
  • Fashion and Textile Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Professional Golf Management
  • Statistics

Test Scores

COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in every part of our lives, including testing opportunities. We’ve made a modification to our testing policy and will be test-optional for 2021 spring and fall first-year applicants. Learn more about our test-optional policy here.

Any test scores we have received by the time we read your application will be considered. All materials, including test scores, should be received two weeks after the application deadline for your application to be complete for review. We cannot guarantee test scores received after the materials deadline will be considered in your application review.

Early Action Deadline

  • October SAT – Scores should be received in time to be considered for the early action deadline.
  • November SAT – Scores will not be received in time to be considered for the early action deadline.
  • October ACT Dates – We cannot guarantee scores from all October test dates will be received in time for consideration if you apply by the early action deadline as it can take 2-8 weeks for scores to be released. We will consider any scores we have on file at the time your application is reviewed.

Regular Decision Deadline

  • The December SAT and ACT are the last test dates we will be able to consider for our Regular Decision deadline.

The SAT college code for NC State is 5496 and the ACT college code for NC State is 3164.

You should self-report your test scores on your application. After you have applied, any additional test scores can be added on your wolfPAW account. We will not accept standardized test scores on your high school transcript. If you ultimately enroll at NC State, official SAT or ACT test scores will be required and should be sent directly from the testing agency. SAT Essay or ACT Writing scores are not required.

The SAT college code for NC State is 5496 and the ACT college code for NC State is 3164.

Learn more about self-reporting test scores at https://admissions.ncsu.edu/apply/freshmen/test-score-consideration-in-admission-decisions/.

Submitting SAT or ACT test scores is optional for international students. However, if international students choose to submit SAT or ACT test scores, the scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

International students who live outside the U.S. or who have NOT attended a U.S. high school since grade 9 are required to submit one of the following scores for proof of English proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic or Duolingo English Test. The test scores must be sent directly from the test agency.

The SAT college code for NC State is 5496 and the ACT college code for NC State is 3164.

AP scores are not required or considered in the review process for first-year applicants*, however, if you would like to receive credit for your AP course, you must submit your AP score from the College Board. Learn more about sending your AP scores here.

To send your AP score report to NC State, you must complete the following steps.

  1. Sign in to My AP using your College Board username and password.
  2. Go to My AP Profile and select “Score Send.”
  3. Type in North Carolina State University. When it appears on the list, select it and hit save.

Your score report will include your AP scores from this year and any previous years.

*Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit any AP scores for consideration in the review process. See how AP course credit is awarded at NC State here.

Course Selection/Schedule Change

Our office doesn’t offer advice on proposed schedule changes. If you are considering a schedule change, we would urge you to discuss it with your school counselor to consider the impact of the change and to ensure you will still meet the UNC System Minimum Course Requirements (MCR).

We also encourage all students to enroll in a challenging curriculum throughout high school. If a student has been admitted to the University in their senior year or is awaiting a final decision, we still expect ALL students to pursue and maintain the highest level of academic success. Students should be aware that we have the right to re-review, change or rescind a decision if it is determined that the student has not maintained the appropriate level of academic rigor or performed at the level of their academic ability throughout their senior year.

You can look at everything we consider in the application review process at: https://admissions.ncsu.edu/apply/freshmen/application-review/.

When considering changes to your course schedule, we encourage you to speak to your advisor and review the recommended coursework for the academic program you are interested in.

If you make any changes to your course schedule, make sure to email us so we can update your application.

Transfer Credit

Dual Enrollment
We do not require your dual enrollment transcript when you apply but you will need to submit an official final college transcript if you decide to enroll at NC State and would like credit for your college coursework. Review our transfer course credit database to see how your courses will transfer. Prior to registering for courses, we encourage you to utilize the database to select courses that transfer to NC State.

Transfer Applicants  
We will evaluate your transcripts once you apply to the institution and you will be provided a transfer credit report if you are admitted.* Only courses from a regionally accredited institution are eligible for evaluation and you must receive a grade of a C- or higher to receive credit. For more information on transferable credit, we encourage you to visit our Credit Opportunities page.

*International Transfer Applicants

We are unable to determine how many of your credits will transfer to NC State when you apply. If you are admitted, and once you decide to attend, your department will then determine how many of your non-U.S. university credits will transfer toward your degree. You will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES) and have it submitted to our office.  

Transfer students who are admitted will be able to view a preliminary transfer credit report on MyPack Portal. Some of your courses may still be under review, but you are able to see a preliminary report to view how your credits will transfer.

During the semesters associated with COVID-19, NC State will honor pass/fail grades from any regionally accredited institution that an applicant attends. During the application process, pass/fail grades will be reviewed but will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA, which we consider in the application review process. Transfer credit will be awarded for a “pass” final grade. No transfer credit will be awarded for a “fail” final grade. If you choose to keep your letter grade, courses with a C- or higher will be eligible for transfer credit. A course-by-course evaluation will be conducted of all courses to determine transferability and if you will receive credit at NC State for each transferable course as an elective or direct equivalency. Your academic department will then determine how these credits are awarded to your degree plan.

Prior to applying, you can utilize our transfer course credit database to see how your credits may transfer.

Residency

You can apply for residency at any time throughout your application process. You will need to include your Residency Classification Number (RCN) on your application or through your wolfPAW account after applying.

You will be considered out of state for tuition (billing) purposes until you receive a RCN that shows a validated in-state status. Your residency status is valid for 15 months.

You can find your RCN on your Residency Determination Service of North Carolina (RDS) account. To create your account or sign in, visit https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residency/#/RESlogin.

If you have not received an admission decision, you can enter your RCN through your wolfPAW account. If you have an incorrect RCN on your wolfPAW account, email our office at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu.

If you have already been admitted to NC State, follow the steps below to view/update your tuition classification.

  • Log in to your MyPackPortal and navigate to the section where your residency information is located:
    • Student homepage > Personal Information tile > Residency Information
  • From this screen, verify the RCN displayed is correct.
  • If it isn’t, re-enter it and click “Save RCN.” Once the RCN has been verified as correct, click “Request Residency Data” button to pull the latest information from RDS.
  • If the tuition residency reads as in-state and there is a Y next to Match and a Y next to Validated, the student will be paying in-state tuition.
  • If there is a N next to Match, it may mean the RCN on file with RDS does not match the information the student has provided. If there is a N next to Validated, RDS has not validated the in-state status yet, and it will be updated in the next few weeks.
  • If your expiration date is before the start of the fall semester, your residency status will show as out-of-state. You will need to complete the residency form again through RDS before the expiration date if you believe you should have in-state tuition status.

Undergraduate Admissions no longer makes any residency determinations. As of February 20, 2017, all undergraduate residency decisions are made by the Residency Determination Service of North Carolina (RDS).

For more information about the residency process and answers to some frequently asked questions, visit https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residencyInfo/.

As a member institution of the UNC System, only 18% of NC State’s enrolling first-year class can be from outside of North Carolina. Due to the current quantity of out-of-state applications we receive, residency does not impact admissions decisions. Residency is only used for tuition purposes for enrolled students.

University and Admissions Contacts

Complete our interest form at go.ncsu.edu/interest-form to receive personalized communication about NC State. We will contact you regarding upcoming application deadlines, events and when the admission application is available!

There are a variety of ways to connect with an admissions counselor. You can speak with a member of our staff by calling or emailing our office.

You can also schedule a virtual appointment if you would like to meet with an admissions representative one-on-one. View our available options and register for a virtual appointment here.

All admissions officers are able to assist with any questions you may have. We do not have officers assigned to specific regions or schools. You can email us with any questions at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu and one of our admissions officers will get back to you as soon as possible.

COVID-19

NC State continues to work with county and state health officials to monitor and respond to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Due to its impact, NC State has implemented changes and accommodations to facilitate the admissions process and protect the health and safety of our students.

With the safety of our guests and staff as our top priority and due to the limited capacity our office can currently accommodate, we encourage you to connect with our staff by phone, email or a one-on-one virtual meeting. To speak with an admissions officer call 919-515-2434, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, email us at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu or schedule a virtual appointment.

We encourage you to visit ncsu.edu/coronavirus for more information on campus updates.

We made a few updates to our admission application and review process for 2021 considering the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Read more here.