NC State Admissions Statistics

Learn About North Carolina State University and What It Takes to Get In

North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

With an acceptance rate of 48 percent, North Carolina State University is a selective public university. Students will typically need above average grades and standardized test scores to be admitted. The university has a holistic admissions process and considers factors that include your GPA, the rigor of your high school classes, your selected major(s), SAT or ACT scores, your extracurricular involvement, your contribution to campus diversity, and legacy status. 

Why You Might Choose North Carolina State University

Founded in 1887 and located in Raleigh, NC State is now the largest university in North Carolina. Of all the colleges that make up NC State, Engineering, Humanities / Social Sciences, and Agriculture / Life Sciences have the highest undergraduate enrollments. Business is also popular. Strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In national rankings, NC State often gets high marks for its value, and the university ranks among the top North Carolina colleges and top Southeast colleges. Athletics are big at NC State, and the university's 60,000-seat football stadium nearly always sells out. The NCSU Wolfpack is a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference

NCSU GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

North Carolina State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
North Carolina State University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in at Cappex.

Discussion of NCSU's Admissions Standards

Roughly half of all students who apply to North Carolina State University get rejected, and 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 1100 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 23 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.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and standardized test scores that were on target for NC State did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your GPA. Other factors that can sway an admissions decision include your optional personal statement, extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, and community service. And, of course, because NC State is an NCAA Division I university, excellence in athletics can play a significant role in the admissions equation.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • North Carolina State University Acceptance Rate: 48%

Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 570 / 660
  • SAT Math: 600 / 690
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
  • ACT English: 25 / 32
  • ACT Math: 26 / 31
  • ACT Writing: - / -

More North Carolina State University Information

Standardized test scores and grades are extremely important in the NC State admissions process, but other factors should play a role in your college selection process. The data here can help.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 33,755 (23,827 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male / 45% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,880 (in-state); $26,399 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,082 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,635
  • Other Expenses: $2,442
  • Total Cost: $23,039 (in-state); $40,558 (out-of-state)

NC State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 69%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,353
    • Loans: $6,383

Academic Programs

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Football, Basketball, Rifle, Cross Country, Swimming, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country

If You Like North Carolina State University, You May Also Like These Schools

Many applicants to North Carolina State University apply to the other institutions in the state's research triangle: UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. Note that both schools are more selective than NC State. 

Other public universities are also popular among NC State applicants. These include UNC Pembroke and UNC Greensboro. Both are a bit less selective than NC State. For out-of-state options, check out the University of Virginia, University of Georgia, and Florida State University. All three are large public universities with strong academic programs and active student life.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.

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