Advice for Deferred and Denied Students

One reality of college admissions is that admission offices sometimes have to give bad news. Read on for our advice to deferred and denied applicants.

For Deferred Students

During our review process, we defer a large number of applicants who have good academic credentials that are not competitive enough to be admitted early. These students may benefit from the opportunity to provide fall grades and additional test scores. Deferred students will receive an email message by mid-February with instructions for submitting senior year fall grades online via their wolfPAW accounts. Please do not send an updated transcript. Additionally, we will accept December and January SAT scores and December ACT scores for further consideration. We will review deferred students again during our final round and provide final admission decisions on March 30.

To see a list of frequently asked questions regarding the deferral process, go to

For Denied Students

Students who are not admitted should pursue other educational alternatives. Those who still wish to ultimately attend NC State should consider applying as transfer students after completing 30 semester hours of transferable college coursework at another two-year or four-year institution. NC State welcomes transfer students. In recent years about 20% of new enrolling students are transfers. Information regarding competitive transfer academic criteria and transferable credits, as well as application dates and deadlines, can be found online at

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