That’s the number one question we get. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer.
In 2016, NC State received more than 26,000 applications and accepted 14,748 students – roughly a 47 percent acceptance rate. From this pool, CALS accepted 1,312 applicants.
We use a holistic admissions process and consider more than an applicant’s test score and GPA. 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 of student success. But your GPA and SAT/ACT scores are important factors.
||HS GPA (w)
||HS GPA (unw)
|CALS Student Range
||3.70 – 5.00
||3.20 – 4.00
||21.0 – 36.0
||1050 – 1600
If your GPA is strong but your SAT/ACT scores are not where you want them to be, that does not necessarily mean you won’t be accepted. But if your SAT/ACT scores and your GPA are both lower than the threshold or CALS average, you may want to consider an alternative path to CALS. We want you here, and we will help find the right path for you.
Demand for CALS graduates is stronger than ever.
Animal Science is by far the most popular major in CALS, followed by Biochemistry. All other majors generally receive less than 200 applications. Below is a 2015 breakdown of applications by major.
Roughly 45% of the Animal Sciences applicants expressed an interest in becoming veterinarians. But our own College of Veterinary Medicine only admits 100 per year. That’s extremely competitive, so consider other options.
Consider applying for high demand degree programs.
The USDA forecasts demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries to be 57,900 a year, but U.S. agricultural colleges are only producing 35,400 graduates a year. There is tremendous demand for CALS graduates, especially in the following program areas: