Criteria For High School Seniors

We encourage all students interested in either program to submit a self- nomination to receive application materials.

In addition, any student who has been accepted to NC State and meets two of the following three academic criteria will automatically be sent an invitation to apply:

  • 1350 SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) or 30 on the ACT Composite
  • 4.5 weighted GPA or 3.8 unweighted GPA
  • Rank in the top 5% of high school class

All invitations to apply to the USP correspond with the Office of Undergraduate Admission notification dates. This includes automatic invites and self-invites. The USP generally sends out invitations to apply about one week after an Office of Admissions notification date. Students are notified through their WolfPAW account and email alert that they have been granted access to the application.

For the Fall 2020 admissions cycle the following timeline is in place:

February 12, 2020 An electronic invitation will be sent to all students who meet the admissions criteria.
March 8, 2020 The application deadline for students invited on February 12, 2020.
April 1, 2020 Applicants who submitted their application by the March 8, 2020 deadline will be notified of their admission status.
Mid-April 2020 Deadline for students who were notified of their admission status on April 1 to accept the offer of admission.

If you have additional questions or concerns about the admissions criteria or process, please contact Sarah Beth May at