North Carolina State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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North Carolina State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 46%. 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 Carolina
  • Campus 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: 13:1
  • Athletics: 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 2017-18 admissions cycle, North Carolina State University had an acceptance rate of 46%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 46 students were admitted, making NC State's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 30,193
Percent Admitted 46%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 34%

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 2017-18 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 31

This admissions data tells us that most of NC State's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to NC State received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 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 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming North Carolina State University freshman was 3.76. All incoming first-year students at NC State had GPAs ranging from 2.0 to 4.0, and nearly 90% of admitted students had GPAs of 3.50 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to NC State University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

North Carolina State University Applicants' 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 clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, 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 admissions folks take 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.