STEAM Requirements

STEAM students are expected to meet the following program requirements. STEAM students who meet these requirements will have guaranteed admission to the agriculture major to which they applied at NC State for their sophomore year.

  • STEAM students must have a genuine interest in agriculture.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete coursework as advised by the STEAM Coordinator.  Any deviations from the recommended coursework could jeopardize your eligibility in STEAM.
  • Stay in communication with the STEAM Coordinator.  Respond promptly to emails and requests for information from the STEAM program. 
  • Earn at least 30 semester hours of transferable credit from the community college and summer session at NCSU. Complete the same coursework that is required of transfer applicants by major, with grades of C or better in each course.
  • Achieve a least a 3.0 cumulative GPA during your first year (summer, fall, spring).
  • Take a full-time course load the fall and spring semesters of your freshmen year at your first year institution, as advised by the STEAM Coordinator.
  • Submit your course schedule immediately after registering and final grades as soon as they post.
  • Apply for NC State transfer admission for the fall of your sophomore year into the agriculture major to which you previously applied.

While STEAM students must apply for admission to NC State as transfer students and submit all necessary information including final high school and community college transcripts, they will not need to pay an additional application fee. If students meet all STEAM requirements, admission into the major within NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to which they previously applied is guaranteed.


The STEAM Program is by invitation only. Select students who applied to NC State are invited to participate in the program based on their academic profile and a genuine interest in agriculture.

The STEAM program is open to North Carolina students from rural counties who applied to NC State University for freshman admission to an agriculturally-related major. Students must have earned a high school diploma and meet the UNC system Minimum Course Requirements. Those who have previous college credit must have less than 14 credit hours, not counting AP credit. Current or former NC State students are not eligible. Participants changing their program of interest to a non-participating STEAM major will no longer be eligible to participate in the program. Final decisions regarding admission, continuation, and standing in the STEAM program rests with the Review Committee.

Additional Pathways to NC State

While the STEAM program is only available to students interested in pursuing an agriculturally-related major, NC State will continue to welcome transfer students’ applications to all our academic colleges. The community colleges in North Carolina will continue to support students’ efforts to transfer to NC State and other institutions through a wide variety of academic pathways. Students interested in transferring to another of NC State’s degree programs are encouraged to work with their community college transfer advisor on a transfer plan. NC State offers transfer admission advice through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.