North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State)

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NC State can be found in Raleigh, NC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. North Carolina State University at Raleigh enrolls around thirty seven thousand students each year.

The majority of students that got into this school got an SAT score within the range of 1250 to 1420, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 27 to 32. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the NC State average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.55 - 3.78. This school has an acceptance rate of about 45 percent with 35 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected NC State acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 44%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NC State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for North Carolina State University at Raleigh was reported as 45.1% in Fall 2020 with over 31,100 college applications submitted to NC State. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NC State ACT Scores: 27 - 32
  • NC State Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into North Carolina State University at Raleigh?

Applicant Selectivity: High

NC State has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for North Carolina State University at Raleigh has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 47.5%
  • 2017-2018: 51.4%
  • 2018-2019: 46.9%
  • 2019-2020: 45.1%
  • Projected NC State Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 43.8%

How Does NC State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for North Carolina State University at Raleigh is twenty-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Duke University7.7%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill22.6%
North Carolina A & T State University58.3%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro82.5%
East Carolina University78.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NC State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading620 - 690
Math630 - 730
Total Score1250 - 1420
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 33
Math26 - 31
Composite Score27 - 32
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