Admissions Criteria for High School Seniors

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Who can apply?

We encourage all students interested in either program to apply to one or both of them. 

Admission to the University Honors or Scholars Program is not automatic. Students are required to respond to additional program-specific essay questions as they apply to NC State. These questions are integrated into the NC State application. 

Admission to either program is based on the assessment of your potential for exceptional academic work and understanding of the program requirements. Primarily this is done by evidence of creativity, initiative, and aspirations for academic excellence as described in your application essays. Secondarily, the programs consider SAT/ACT scores (when available), high school grades, the rigor of courses taken in high school, class rank (when available).

Application Timeline:

As you apply to North Carolina State University, you are cordially invited to apply to two programs for high-achieving students: the University Honors Program and the University Scholars Program. Each program requires a brief essay.  Students may apply to both programs but must select one if they are accepted by both. Please see below for information about deadlines and notification dates.

EARLY ACTION

  • You have until February 15, 2021 to submit your application via your wolfPaw account.
  • Students who are admitted into NC State University in January will receive a decision on February 19, 2021.

REGULAR DECISION

  • You have until February 15, 2021 to submit your application via your wolfPaw account.
  • Students who are admitted into NC State University in March will receive a decision on April 9, 2021.

We encourage you to review the Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have questions about the University Honors Program, then please contact Carolyn Veale (cpveale@ncsu.edu). If you have questions about the University Scholars Program, then please contact Sarah Beth May (seking2@ncsu.edu).