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 five thousand students each year.

The majority of students that got into this school got an SAT score within the range of 1660 to 1930, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 25 to 30. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the NC State average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.42 - 3.64. This school has an acceptance rate of about 50 percent with 42 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected NC State acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 53%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NC State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for North Carolina State University at Raleigh was reported as 50.0% in Fall 2012 with over 20,700 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 SAT Scores: 1660 - 1930
  • NC State ACT Scores: 25 - 30
  • NC State Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.64

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

Applicant Selectivity: High

North Carolina State University at Raleigh 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 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

  • 2008-2009: 59.0%
  • 2009-2010: 54.8%
  • 2010-2011: 54.2%
  • 2011-2012: 52.6%
  • 2012-2013: 50.0%
  • Projected NC State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 52.6%

How Does NC State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for North Carolina State University at Raleigh is eleven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Duke University13.4%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill27.6%
North Carolina A & T State University69.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro60.0%
East Carolina University62.2%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NC State (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 640
Math590 - 670
Writing520 - 620
Total Score1660 - 1930
ACT®Score Range
English24 - 30
Math25 - 30
Composite Score25 - 30
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