Transfer Admission

Every year, more than 25 percent of the students receiving a degree in engineering at North Carolina State University are students who began their education at another institution. They come from community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and from institutions in foreign countries. Transfer students are a valuable part of the College of Engineering and NC State University. We appreciate your interest in pursuing a career in engineering at NC State, and we are ready to help you accomplish your goal!

Engineering is a profession filled with opportunities, challenges and rewards. Carefully review the sections on this Web page. They will answer many of your questions about transferring to the College of Engineering.

Engineering Transfer Admission Requirements

Review the engineering transfer admission requirements before applying. The numbered list below contains the minimum requirements to be eligible to apply and be considered for transfer into the College of Engineering at NC State.

Since transfer admissions into the College are very competitive, meeting the eligibility requirements only guarantees that a transfer application may be considered; it does not guarantee admission. As such, the minimum requirements listed here should be used as a baseline.

Minimum Requirements

Important notes:

  • The NC State University course number is written in parentheses for your reference. A course taken at another institution must be equivalent to the exact NC State course and completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • If NC State courses are taken, the overall NC State GPA must be at least 2.0. Core courses (chemistry, calculus and physics), also known as C Wall Courses, require at least a C.
  1. 30 credit hours or more of transferable college-level courses
  2. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  3. Minimum 4 credit hours of English composition, 4 credits (ENG 101) (One or more English composition (ENG 1**) courses may be combined to fulfill the requirement (total > 4 credits).)
  4. College chemistry course with lab, 4 credits (CH 101 and 102)
  5. Calculus I, 4 credits (MA 141)
  6. Calculus II, 4 credits (MA 241)
  7. Minimum 2.5 math GPA on last two math courses at MA 141 level or higher
  8. Calculus-based Physics I with lab, 4 credits (PY 205 and PY 206)

The requirements above are minimums for eligibility to apply for transfer admission into the College of Engineering. Students who are successful in admission often have grades well above these minimums. As an example, the middle 50% of successful applicants in recent years have had GPA's from 3.4-3.8. Due to high demand, some programs are much more competitive, and preference is given to higher GPAs. In some cases, applicants with 3.0 ≤ GPA < 3.5 may increase their competitiveness with strong performances in additional technical coursework (e.g., Calculus III, Physics II, Engineering Statics, Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry, etc.). To select the appropriate courses, refer to your intended NC State engineering degree requirements.

Ready to Apply

Once you meet the transfer admission requirements or will have the last requirements completed by the end of the spring semester, you are ready to apply to NC State's College of Engineering. The College of Engineering accepts applications only for fall transfer. Application information (deadlines, how to submit transcripts, application, etc.) can be found at NC State Admissions.

International Students

If you are an international student, please consult the university's transfer information for more details.

Transfer Tools

Financial Assistance and Work Experience

Scholarships are available to College of Engineering transfer students. In addition, the university offers many types of financial aid. Co-op programs are also available to give students real-world job experience while pursuing their degrees.

Still have questions?

Be sure to read the College's Transfer Admission FAQS. Also, check out the University's transfer information, including engineering admissions criteria for transfer students.

In addition, you can contact the Office of Academic Affairs. After you have carefully reviewed the transfer admission Web pages, please feel free to call us at (919) 515-3263 to ask questions or schedule an appointment. We just ask that you call ahead so we know to expect you.

We look forward to talking with you.