NC State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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

North Carolina State University accepts about half of its applicants, making the school somewhat selective. Students with high grades and strong test scores have a fairly good chance of being admitted. Interested students will need to submit an application (students can submit using the Common Application), scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, and optional essays and portfolio (which are required for some majors).

For complete instructions, check out NC State's website, and contact the admissions office if you have any questions about the admissions process.

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Admissions Data (2015)

  • North Carolina State University Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for NCSU
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 570 / 650
    • SAT Math: 590 / 680
    • SAT Writing: 540 / 630
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
    • ACT English: 25 / 31
    • ACT Math: 26 / 31
    • ACT Writing: 7 / 8

NC State Description

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. 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.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 34,015 (24,111 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male / 45% Female
  • 87% 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 (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,609
    • Loans: $6,196

Academic Programs

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 9%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 44%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 76%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

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

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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