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NC State Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into NC State? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 10,774 out of 21,364 applicants or 50% were admitted making NC State a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. North Carolina State University at Raleigh typically accepts and attracts A average high school students. Only 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 10,191 11,173 21,364
Accepted 5,422 5,352 10,774
Acceptance Rate 53% 48% 50%
Enrolled 2,045 2,319 4,364
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 43% 41%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to North Carolina State University at Raleigh and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that NC State regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1220 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. 55 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1220 1380
SAT Reading 610 690
SAT Math 610 710
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT English 25 31
ACT Math 26 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >65%
28 to 31 Avg + 50%-65%
26 to 28 Avg - 40%-50%
24 to 26 Reach 30%-40%
Less than 24 Low <30%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >63%
1300 to 1380 Avg + 50%-63%
1220 to 1300 Avg - 37%-50%
1140 to 1220 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 1140 Low <26%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at North Carolina State University at Raleigh was 4.37 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as NC State accepts 50% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 96% Good
3.50 to 3.75 3% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 0% Low
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Carolina State University at Raleigh and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199193 IPEDS survey data for North Carolina State University at Raleigh.