Nearly half of students who apply to North Carolina State University get rejected, and most successful applicants have above average grades and SAT scores. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "B+" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1700 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or above. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and you can see that nearly all applicants with "A" averages and high test scores were admitted.
Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and standardized test scores that were on target for NC State did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your GPA. Other factors that can sway an admissions decision include your optional personal statement, extracurricular activities, leadership experiences, and community service. And, of course, because NC State is an NCAA Division I university, excellence in athletics can play a significant role in the admissions equation.
To learn more about North Carolina State University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- NC State Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?