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Student Access Initiative

Helping qualified students find their path to CALS.

Gaining access or acceptance to a 4-year undergraduate degree — especially for young people from rural and farming communities — is harder now than it ever has been. We hear this message loud and clear from our alumni, friends and stakeholders.

Through our Student Access Initiative, we are tackling this challenge head on. CALS is open for undergraduate students, and we are growing existing programs and developing different paths to meet the needs of different students who are applying to our college.

Student access is a top priority for the university and CALS, and we are working hard to help all qualified students find their path to our campus.

More than 26,000 students applied to NC State in 2016.

44% of applicants were accepted.
40% were from rural North Carolina.

Learn more about the many paths to CALS.

Paths to CALS

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Helping Students. Helping Agriculture.

The USDA forecasts annual demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries at 57,900. American agricultural colleges are only producing 35,400 graduates a year. Demand for CALS grads is at an all-time high.

In fact, we need to increase the number of graduates in our 4-year degree programs by 1.5 to 2 percent a year and add 90 students to our 2-year degree programs to meet the needs of our state.

So what are we doing to help?

We're adding programs and helping students find their paths to CALS.

3,831 Total CALS Students

64% in 4-Year Undergraduate Programs
27% in 2-Year Agricultural Institute
8% in Graduate Programs
1% Non-Degree Seeking Students

Helping Students Prepare for CALS

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It's Never Too Early to Prepare for CALS

Even with a holistic admissions process, ACT scores and GPAs matter.

That’s why we created the ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) program, helping bridge deficits in rural high school students’ performance on the ACT College Entrance Examination. ASPIRE is offered in more than 25 counties, with scholarships available for participation. We also host a number of summer experience programs on campus and around the state.

Check out the options below to learn more about ASPIRE.

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