Freshman Admissions

The USDA forecasts annual demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries at 57,900. American agricultural colleges are only producing 35,400 graduates a year. Demand for CALS grads is at an all-time high.

In fact, we need to increase the number of graduates in our 4-year degree programs by 1.5 to 2 percent a year and add 90 students to our 2-year degree programs to meet the needs of our state. We hope you will consider joining the AgPack!

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Fall Semester Admission

Acceptance to CALS directly after high school graduation is the most competitive admission cycle. This past year, NC State received 26,000 applications and 14,748 were accepted. Out of those accepted applicants, 1,312 were accepted to CALS. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply for freshman admission by October 15 for priority consideration.

Here are the dates you need to know:

Early Action:

  • October 15: Application deadline. If you apply by this deadline you will automatically be considered for most merit-based scholarships.
  • January 30: Applicants will be notified of the admission decision.
  • May 1: Deadline for admitted students to submit the Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) to confirm enrollment.

Regular Decision:

  • January 15: Application deadline.
  • March 30: Applicants will be notified of the admission decision.
  • May 1: Deadline for admitted students to submit the Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) to confirm enrollment.

 

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Spring Semester Admission

This new program is largely targeting our under-enrolled degree programs in the crop and soil sciences, horticulture, plant biology, poultry science and others. Students who apply to CALS during the fall of their senior year may be accepted for spring admission and start classes the spring following high school graduation.

You will be notified in early spring, leaving plenty of time to decide what opportunities to take advantage of until you start classes in January:

  • Gain work experience through an internship. Advisors in each department are available to assist with finding the internship that is just right for you and working with you to receive credit for it. Successful completion of an internship will make you eligible for a CALS Spring Semester Entrance Scholarship.
  • Take classes at a local community college to prepare for the spring semester.
  • Volunteer, travel for service or pleasure, study a foreign language – the possibilities are endless.

Here are the dates you need to know for the new Spring Admission Program:

  • October 15: Early action deadline.
  • January 15: Regular decision deadline.
  • March 30: Applicants will be notified of the admission decision.

Here are the dates you need to know for regular spring admission when applying the fall immediately before the spring semester:

  • October 1Application deadline.
  • December 1 Applicants will be notified of the admission decision.

Thinking CALS?

Let’s talk. We want to ensure every potential student has the chance to thrive at our college.