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Chances of getting into North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
46.9%
Admission Difficulty for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into NC State and can I get accepted? The school has a 47% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,219 out of 30,350 applicants were admitted making NC State a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent. North Carolina State University at Raleigh typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

NC State SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1250-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
47%
SAT Scores for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1320

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

North Carolina State University at Raleigh typically requires applicants to be in the top 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1180. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1320 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

North Carolina State University at Raleigh admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >60%
1320 to 1390 Avg + 47%-60%
1250 to 1320 Avg - 34%-47%
1180 to 1250 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 1180 Low <23%
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NC State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NC State?

Admission data indicates that NC State regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

North Carolina State University at Raleigh admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >60%
29 to 31 Avg + 47%-60%
27 to 29 Avg - 34%-47%
25 to 27 Reach 23%-34%
Less than 25 Low <23%
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NC State GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.37
Typical High School Grades
A

What GPA do you need to get into North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into NC State. 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. The school ranks #2 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to NC State will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted North Carolina State University at Raleigh students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 96% Good
3.50 to 3.75 3% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 N/A% Low
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

87% of North Carolina State University at Raleigh freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted North Carolina State University at Raleigh students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 49%
Top 25% of class 87%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

North Carolina State University at Raleigh admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 14,944 15,406 30,350
Accepted 7,391 6,828 14,219
Acceptance Rate 49% 44% 47%
Enrolled 2,411 2,541 4,952
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 37% 35%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to North Carolina State University at Raleigh and what student information is used for admission decisions?

North Carolina State University at Raleigh Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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.

FAQs

Does North Carolina State University at Raleigh prefer SAT or ACT?

47% of students submit their SAT scores to NC State. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

47% of those who apply are granted admission to NC State. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1250 and 1390. 47% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.