Resources › For Students and Parents North Carolina State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print photohoo/Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 22, 2020 North Carolina State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 44%. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and ranks consistently among the top North Carolina colleges and top Southeast colleges. Considering applying to North Carolina State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Why North Carolina State University? Location: Raleigh, North CarolinaCampus Features: The main campus of NC State is defined by its attractive red-brick buildings and the 115-foot bell tower. Located in North Carolina's "Research Triangle," the campus is a hub for science, technology, and innovation.Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1Athletics: The NC State Wolfpack competes in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference for most sports.Highlights: The largest university in North Carolina, NC State has many strengths in science and technology fields, and was also awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, North Carolina State University had an acceptance rate of 44%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 44 students were admitted, making NC State's admissions process competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 30,898 Percent Admitted 44% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 36% SAT Scores and Requirements NC State requires that all students submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 49% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 620 680 Math 630 710 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing The admissions data tells us that most of NC State's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to NC State scored between 620 and 680, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 710, while 25% scored below 630 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at North Carolina State. Requirements North Carolina State does not require the SAT writing section. Note that NC State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each section across all SAT test dates. SAT Subject tests are not required for admission to North Carolina State University. ACT Scores and Requirements North Carolina State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 52% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 26 33 Math 26 30 Composite 27 32 This admissions data tells us that most of NC State's admitted students fall within the top 15% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to NC State received a composite ACT score between 27 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 27. Requirements NC State does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, North Carolina State superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2019, the middle 50% of North Carolina State University's incoming class had unweighted high school GPAs between 3.69 and 3.96. 25% of had a GPA above 3.96, and 25% had a GPA below 3.69. These results suggest that most successful applicants to NC State University have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph North Carolina State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to North Carolina State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances North Carolina State University, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. Most successful applicants have strong grades and SAT/ACT scores. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "B+" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1150 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 24 or above. Higher numbers improve your chances of acceptance, and you can see that the great majority of applicants with "A" averages and high test scores were admitted. In addition to grades and test scores, the NC State takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, the strength of your application essays, and your commitment to extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, and community service. And, since NC State is an NCAA Division I university, excellence in athletics can play a role in the admissions process. All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and North Carolina State University Undergraduate Admissions Office. 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