Undergraduate Transfer Admission Process
Applying to NC State as an transfer Online and Distance Education student, which means you started your college-level work at another university or community college, is the same as applying to be an on-campus transfer student. The NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions considers a range of accomplishments and qualifications, including:
- Coursework the applicant has completed
- Strong cumulative GPA for all transferable college work previously attempted
- 30 or more semester hours (or 45 or more quarter hours) of transferable credits. Total required credits can be more depending on the specifics of the program in which you are interested. (Qualifying AP scores can be used to meet transfer admission coursework requirements.)
- Eligibility to return to each institution previously attended
- UNC-system Minimum Course Requirements, 21 years of age and under or have fewer than 24 transferable hours at the time of the application
- Attempted coursework through NC State University’s Non-Degree Studies (NDS) program must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission
GPAs are calculated based on all transferable-types of courses attempted. Courses repeated at previous institutions are calculated with the original grades earned. The two lowest grades below a C- will be excluded when NC State calculates the overall cumulative GPA from all transferable coursework attempted at other institutions.
Please note: Students taking college-level courses while in high school (dual enrollment), including Early College High School, are freshman applicants for admission purposes.
When to Apply
It’s never too early to start preparing your application. A complete application includes:
- completed Common Application or Coalition Application (the Office of Admissions has no preference)
- $85 non-refundable application fee ($100 for international)
- official academic transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- official academic transcripts from graduating high school, if you are 21 years of age and under and have fewer than 24 transferable hours at the time of the application
The College Report, Secondary School Final Report, Midterm Report and Letters of Recommendation on The Common Application are not required and not recommended. The Common Application requires the name of your advisor on the Education tab in the common section. Use the name of the university registrar (or person who issues transcripts) from your current or former college/university.
ACT or SAT scores are not required for transfer applicants with more than 30 semester hours of transferable courses completed. Qualifying AP scores can be used to meet transfer admission coursework requirements. All AP or IB scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.
If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident, you will need to submit a copy of your Green Card. Applicants who are neither U.S. Citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents should see the International Students page for application procedures and deadlines. If you were ever previously enrolled as a degree student at NC State, contact Registration and Records about readmission.