Getting Accepted

"What are the chances that I'll get admitted to NC State?"

That's the number one question we get. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer.

NC State gets about 20,000 applications a year and admits about half of those.

In 2015, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received almost 1,600 applications, and accepted about 46% of those applicants. Animal Science was by far the most popular major in CALS, followed by Biochemistry. All other CALS majors received less than 200 applications.



45% of the Animal Sciences applicants expressed an interest in becoming veterinarians. But our own College of Veterinary Medicine only admits 100 per year. That's extremely competitive. So consider other options. There is a tremendous demand for CALS graduates in our other programs.


"What can I do to prepare?"

Your high school GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, personal interests, and essays are all considered in the admissions process. A strong high school schedule and a well-rounded outside life can improve your chances of acceptance.

Performing well on the SAT or ACT is important. We recommend you take the test multiple times. About 55% of students who took the SAT as a junior scored about 40 points higher after re-taking the test as a senior.

Consider test prep. ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) is a low-cost initiative offered by CALS to rural students in more than 30 North Carolina counties.  ASPIRE students have routinely improved about 100 points on their standardized test scores. Improvement is variable among individuals, and there is no guarantee of score increases.


The average SAT score (Math + Critical Reading) of students admitted into Biochemistry was nearly 1,300, and the average cumulative weighted GPA for Plant Biology and Biochemistry students was over 4.6. In comparison, the profiles of other programs of study in CALS were lower than Biochemistry, although all were above a 3.7 GPA and 1060 SAT score.