First Year Facts

This information is based on applications, acceptances and students who have confirmed their intention to enroll as of August 2021. This provides a “snapshot” of the freshman class entering the fall semester. Final profile information after the fall census date may vary slightly. Class rank, grade point average and standardized test scores are only a starting point for admissions decisions. Mouse over the charts and maps below to get more information.

NC State at a Glance

As a top public institution in the U.S. and the largest university in North Carolina, NC State is home to students from all across the U.S. and over 120 countries. We’re a powerhouse among national universities for science, technology, engineering and math. We also support our state’s key industries, such as agriculture, natural resources and textiles. At NC State, we Think and Do.

Total Enrollment

Undergraduate Students

First Year Enrollment

2021 Spring Connection

Stats and Strengths


Return on student investment among North Carolina public universities (payscale)


Best college for your money in North Carolina (Money)

Top 5

Best value among public U.S. universities (U.S. News & World Report)


Startups and spinoffs based on NC State Research (NC State Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development)

The Applicants

NC State University received 32,907 applications for the 2021 first year class from across North Carolina and the globe. Applications from 19,160 students were received from North Carolina, including over 6,000 applications from rural NC counties. With over 1800 different North Carolina high schools represented in the applicant pool, NC State University continues to attract students not only from North Carolina, but internationally as well.

First-Year Applications Received

North Carolina applicants

Applicants from rural North Carolina counties

Out-of-state applicants

North Carolina high schools represented

Global applicants

Applications by Country

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Applications by State

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Applications by North Carolina County

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Freshman Class Profile

NC State continues to be a top choice for the brightest students from across North Carolina and throughout the world. This fall, 4,982 students joined the Wolfpack family. The first-year class represents 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 39 of the 50 states and 37 countries.

Enrolled First Year Students

2021 Spring Connection

Students from outside North Carolina

Different high schools represented


Incoming Enrolled Students are Female


Incoming Enrolled Students are Male


North Carolina students from rural counties


Students in non-STEM academic programs



Incoming Freshman Students are Diverse

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native and/or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.4%
  • Black or African American 6.0% 6.0%
  • Hispanic 8.0% 8.0%
  • Asian 8.8% 8.8%
  • Multiracial 4.2% 4.2%
  • International 2.2% 2.2%
  • Unreported .8% .8%
  • White 69.6% 69.6%

Academic Achievement

Average SAT score of enrolled students

Weighted High School GPA

Average ACT score of enrolled students

Unweighted High School GPA


Acceptance rate of applicants

Valedictorians and Salutatorians


Top 10% in High School Class Rank

Academic Trends of Enrolling Students*

Middle 50% Ranges of High School Academics*


Fall 2021

Mid 50% Range

Fall 2020

Mid 50% Range

Weighted GPA 4.18 – 4.48 4.14 – 4.44
Unweighted GPA 3.75 – 3.97 3.71 – 3.96
SAT Evidenced-Based
Reading & Writing and Math
1290 – 1430 1250 – 1400
ACT Composite 27 – 32 27 – 32
  • Follows IPEDS guidelines for reporting admissions test scores, calculating ranges and averages based only on the scores used in the admissions decision in cases where students submit scores from multiple tests.

Dual Enrollment


Students Took Dual Enrollment Courses in High School

Students Who Earned Dual Enrollment Credit

Students that Attended an NC Early College

Average Dual Enrollment Credits Awarded to NC Early College Students

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