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Paths to CALS

There's more than one path to CALS.

We Want You Here

More agriculture and life sciences graduates are needed to meet the grand challenges of feeding, fueling and clothing a growing global population.

We need 1,100 more students in our four-year programs and 90 more students in our two-year associate degree programs to meet the demand for CALS grads in North Carolina.

We realize competition to get into NC State is on the rise. And we are committed to helping all qualified students find a path to CALS.

Pick a Path

Freshman Admissions

The most common path to CALS is freshman admission. Roughly 44% of freshmen applicants were accepted to NC State in 2020 representing 99 of North Carolina’s counties, all 50 states and 33 countries.

  • We use a holistic admissions process for evaluating applicants.
  • We understand that leadership experience in organizations such as 4-H and FFA, an agricultural background, or participation in NC State programs are strong indicators for student success.

Learn more about your options for fall semester admission and spring semester admission.

“It’s Not Where You Start; It’s Where You Finish.”

Students share why they chose NC State and how they found their path to CALS.

Agricultural Institute

Agribusinesses and family farms all need modern technical skills. At the Agricultural Institute (AGI), you can learn those important skills in just two years. You can even continue your studies at CALS after you graduate.

  • Direct admission after high school graduation
  • Two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in six majors
  • Transfer opportunities to a four-year program with AGI degree

“AGI Opened Doors for Me”

Leadership and adventure were part of the package for two outstanding Agricultural Institute students. Need career-specific training to get ahead? Are you thinking of starting or taking over a small business? Then the CALS Agricultural Institute is for you.

Read About AGI’s Graduates 
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From Community College to CALS

CALS offers a few more paths for students who desire to earn a degree at NC State.

Pre-College Programs

Many rural and small high schools don’t offer the college-prep classes that urban and larger high schools do. NC State’s ASPIRE – ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education – the program is designed to bridge that gap for rural high school sophomores and juniors.

Local teachers and Extension agents help students by offering ACT prep classes featuring the following:

  • 30 hours of ACT course instruction
  • Princeton Review ACT study manual
  • Princeton Review practice manual with 1,460 questions
  • Four full-length ACT practice exams with score analysis and breakdown