Get Started: Undergraduate Admissions | Graduate Degrees and Certificates

Applying to college can be a bit overwhelming what with all the required information-gathering, forms and applications to complete. We want to help you avoid some of the confusion and have provided this page as a resource to help guide you through the application process. Thank you for considering NC State University. We are excited you are interested in becoming a member of the Wolfpack!

Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective undergraduate students, including freshman, international, and transfer students can find information about the admission process, placement, academic majors and minors, ways to pay for college, and visiting campus. Learn more.

If at any time you need to speak with an Admissions Counselor, you can contact us in several ways:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
203 Peele Hall, Campus Box 7103
Raleigh, NC 27695-7103
Phone: 919 515-2434
Fax: 919 515-5039

Application Process

You will complete and submit your application to NC State University online using wolfPAW, your Personal Admissions Website. From there you can follow the status of your application; customize the site content to keep you informed about the topics that are important to you; register to attend our Open House, regular admissions information sessions, and campus tours. For detailed information about the Freshman Admission Process, visit Admissions online.

Important Dates

Please note, different deadlines apply for international applicants and for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as for applications to the College of Design programs and Agricultural Institute. Don't wait to apply—freshman admission to NC State is competitive and applications are processed in a first-in, first-out order.

Check Your Application Status

NC State lets you track the progress of your application online using your WolfPAW account. Learn more.

Graduate Admissions

NC State University is a premier center for graduate study, known nationally for innovative degree programs, a world-renowned faculty, and groundbreaking collaborative research. The Graduate School is responsible for administering over 220 different graduate degrees (Master's, Ph.D., and Ed.D.) in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, design, education, management, the humanities, and the social sciences. Besides a full range of graduate programs in traditional disciplines, NC State provides graduate degrees, certificates, and minors in areas where emerging disciplines interface. Currently, more than 7,900 students from all areas of the U.S. and 85 other countries are pursuing post-baccalaureate study at NC State.

Our outstanding graduate programs emphasize real-world experience through original research opportunities, comprehensive extension and engagement activities, and partnerships with governments, industry, and other universities. Our programs also offer students the advantages of over 2,500 world-renowned faculty, a global academic perspective, and a respect for diversity. NC State's Centennial Campus and Biomedical Campus provide a unique venue for university, government, and industry partners interacting in multidisciplinary programs. Together, these strengths create a uniquely hands-on learning environment that encourages our students to explore cutting-edge issues in their areas of study while building the essential inquiry, communication, and leadership skills they will need to succeed.

Applying for Admission to Graduate Programs

Applying for graduate study is a simple process. To find out whether NC State is the place for you, go to our Future Students website to apply online. You can also discover our broad range of financial assistance, see some of the programs that demonstrate our commitment to diversity and, finally, explore global options and our commitment to our international scholars.

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

One of the newest colleges of veterinary medicine, NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine is among only 28 veterinary colleges in the United States and the only one of its kind in North Carolina. The college is unique among veterinary programs with an on-site teaching animal unit and veterinary teaching hospital. The program has already established a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and community outreach. U.S. News and World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Graduate Schools ranks NC State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as number 3 in the nation. Learn more.

Non-Degree Programs and Courses

For those interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program, NC State offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Available both on-campus and through distance education, students who meet course prerequisites fit higher ed among demanding and busy schedules.


Students previously admitted to a degree program at the undergraduate, graduate, veterinary medicine, or agricultural institute level who have not attended NC State for at least one fall or spring semester must be readmitted to the university to register for classes. You can find the Application for Readmission and other readmission information and instructions online.