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
- High school senior? Let’s get you started.
- Ready to start your career but need more skills? You’ve come to the right place.
- Think you can’t get into CALS? Think again with these options.
- In high school and already thinking about CALS? Let’s see how we can help.
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.
“It’s Not Where You Start; It’s Where You Finish.”
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
From Community College to CALS
CALS offers a few more paths for students who desire to earn a degree at NC State.
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