Undergraduate Conditional Admission

Admission to NC State University is highly selective. If you meet the competitive academic requirements for undergraduate admission but do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements, NC State offers an Intensive English Program (IEP) to improve English skills before starting a degree program. Students who enroll in the IEP will be tested for the appropriate level of English training when they arrive on campus. The IEP is a full-time course of study with classes held on NC State's campus.

Applicants need to have the following to be offered undergraduate conditional admission:

  • Meet competitive academic requirements for undergraduate admission
  • TOEFL iBT score of 70 (PBT 523) or an IELTS score of 6.5
  • Be an international student residing outside of the United States (US) 

Students who are offered conditional admission from the North Carolina State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be enrolled in a degree program after they have successfully completed IEP Level 6 with a grade of 'B' or higher in each class and have met all other exit criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Conditional Admission

Q:  If I want to apply for undergraduate conditional admission, do I apply to both undergraduate admissions and the IEP at the same time?
A:  No, you must apply only to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Q:  If I am an international student living inside the US, can I apply for undergraduate conditional admission?
A:  No, you must apply for IEP-Only, then apply for full admission to the NC State undergraduate school while attending the IEP. Please remember that there is no guarantee that you will be fully admitted to the undergraduate school because you are a student with the IEP.

Q:  Do I still need a TOEFL or IELTS score if I apply for undergraduate conditional admission?
A:  Yes, you still need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply for conditional admission. However, you can apply for conditional admission with a lower TOEFL or IELTS score than what is required for full undergraduate admission.

Q:  Do I still need an SAT score if I apply for undergraduate conditional admission?
A:  No. SAT and ACT exams are optional for international applicants*. However, if you believe that the test scores provide further evidence of your academic ability, you are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores. We accept official SAT or ACT scores when sent to us electronically by the testing agency. (SAT code 5496 and ACT code 3164)
*International students who attended a US high school for at least two years and also graduated from a US high school MUST present acceptable SAT or ACT plus Writing scores unless they have earned at least 30 semester hours of transferable college or university credit.

Q:  I am an international transfer student. Where can I find more information about applying for the North Carolina State University undergraduate school?
A:  Please go to the following link for more information: http://admissions.ncsu.edu/intl/int-trans.php

Q:  Do you offer conditional admission for graduate school?
A:  No, conditional admission for the NC State Graduate School is not available.

Q:  What are the requirements for passing the IEP level 6 as a conditionally admitted student?
A:  To graduate from the IEP and be enrolled in a degree program on NC State's campus, students must have grades of a 'B' or higher in each Level 6 class and have met all other exit criteria.