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No matter what ag or life sciences career you’re thinking about, we’ll make sure you are well prepared.

Accepted for Fall? Visit Virtually Now!

In light of the many changes happening across our nation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we know you and your family may have many questions as you navigate the next steps in your educational journey.

First, as a CALS major, you can check out our College overview for students here. Spend 15 minutes learning more about your new college and what it has to offer all CALS students – from what makes us unique, what opportunities and resources are available, and how we support students.

Next, we hope you will be able to join us for our Virtual “Conversations with CALS” Visitation Days! Chat with our recruiting and advising teams, departmental faculty and staff, and current students…all in CALS! You may join any session(s)  you feel would be helpful to you. Our sessions will be conducted via Zoom. You may join us via an audio only or the audio/video feature – it is up to you, though we do recommend the video feature if possible so we can create a conversation as much as we can!

*Registration for our April virtual visits for accepted Fall 2020 students has now closed. Please contact if you would like to participate and we will set up a separate time for you!

*Please note: if you are a high school underclassman (freshman, sophomore, junior) or a prospective transfer student, please contact for specialized prospective student virtual opportunities. The opportunities posted on this page are geared toward Fall 2020 accepted students.

Why You Should Attend CALS

North Carolina has one of the largest, most diverse agricultural industries in the nation. We develop, grow and market hundreds of different crops. Add in the state’s life sciences industry and you have an unbeatable combination.

We focus on teaching students. We nurture and promote their discovery of new knowledge. We engage them in the delivery of technology and innovation that transforms challenges into agriculture and life sciences opportunities.

Through our four Collaborative Systems comprised of 12 departments, we provide 17 undergraduate majors, 19 minors, 25 graduate programs, undergraduate and graduate certificates, and the Agricultural Institute offering six, hands-on two-year degree programs.

There are tremendous opportunities in agriculture and the life sciences. It’s our privilege to help you get ready for yours.

4,009 Total CALS Students

66% in 4-Year Undergraduate Programs
8% in 2-Year Agricultural Institute
24% in Graduate Programs
1% Non-Degree Seeking Students

CALS by The Numbers

#1 Return on Investment among N.C. Public Universities
#4 Best Value among National Public Universities
$1M+ in Scholarships Available to Undergraduates
Upon Graduation: 43% of Graduates Held Full-time Jobs
27% Pursued Postgraduate Degrees

CALS Grads in High Demand

USDA forecasts demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries to be 57,900 a year.
American agricultural colleges only produce 35,400 graduates a year.

AG*IDEA at NC State

AG*IDEA is an affiliate of the Great Plains IDEA, a national consortium of universities offering distance education programs and courses in agriculture.

Completed courses appear on a student’s transcript as NC State courses with the grade assigned by the teaching faculty member regardless of the professor’s university.

AG*IDEA has three instructional terms in a calendar year: spring semester, fall semester, and a summer term, which corresponds to the NC State 10-week summer term.

CALS Academic Mission

The academic mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is to deliver exceptional teaching and advising so graduates address the complex challenges of agricultural innovation, food security, climate resilience, energy needs, and sustainability. Our graduates are life-long learners, engaged community members, and recognized leaders in agriculture and life sciences.

CALS Academic Advising

Have Questions? We’re Here to Help.

For more information about CALS Majors and Minors, email us at

To add or change a major, visit the Student Services Center’s Change of Degree Application (CODA) webpage.

For all other questions, call us at 919-515-2614, or email us at