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Future Students Updates

Graduate Admissions Review After COVID-19 Disruptions

Following the global disruption caused by the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at NC State recognizes the shift that occurred in learning environments, particularly the undergraduate experience. We acknowledge that the typical preparations for applying to Graduate School were upset. Therefore NC State Admissions committees will take these disruptions into account when reviewing transcripts and other application materials, in order to assess an individualized and holistic review of applications.

We also understand that many academic institutions, including NC State, made changes to their grading policies during the disruption, and they allowed Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, Pass/No Record, Credit/No Credit, Pass/Fail, and other similar grading options. We will respect the adoption of changes to the grading scheme made during the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, some graduate programs have changed their standardized testing requirements and many of them no longer require GRE scores. Check with your graduate program directly for specifics.

As always, we invite applicants to discuss their triumphs and their challenges in their personal statement, and especially now you are encouraged to relate to the difficulties and/or limitations that you may have experienced during the pandemic.

Transcript Admission Requirements

Applicant Information: We encourage applicants to have their official transcripts and degree statements sent to us electronically, when possible. We recognize that some institutions have been severely impacted by COVID-19, removing the possiblity to obtain official transcripts at this time. To continue processing admissions in a timely fashion, we will reach out to recommended applicants, who have submitted their intention to enroll, and confirm that you want to be considered for admission with unofficial copies of transcripts.

International students must first pass the international clearance process by submitting your Certificate of Financial Responsibility and/or Visa Clearance Form. Official transcripts and degree statements will be required no later than one month into your first semester.

English Proficiency Admission Requirements

In response to the temporary closings of testing centers in countries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School now accepts Duolingo English Test examination results. Duolingo English tests taken after February 3, 2020 will be accepted.

To be admitted, a minimum score of 110 will be required. In addition to providing a score at or above the minimum, the Graduate School or graduate programs may choose to require students to participate in a Zoom or Skype interview prior to making an admission decision.

Duolingo English Test Information:

Updates on TOEFL testing centers

Updates on IELTS testing centers

GRE and GMAT Score Admission Requirements

The Graduate School does not require the GRE or GMAT scores for official admission to the university; however, many of our graduate programs do have this requirement. If you are unable to take these exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closing of testing centers, please contact the Director of Graduate Programs for your proposed program of study.

GRE is providing updates regarding testing centers.

GMAT is providing updates regarding testing centers.

Issuance of I-20s and DS-2019s For Admitted Students

After the U.S. Consulates across the globe temporarily suspended F-1 and J-1 Student Visa interview scheduling, some have started to reopen. At this point, there is no clear indication as to when they all will reopen. However, as international applicants submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility with proof of funding, we will continue to issue I-20 and DS-2019 visa eligibility documents for the Spring 2021 semester to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible after the U.S. Consulates re-open. I-20 and DS-2019 issuance for Fall 2021 will begin in January.

If you began your Fall 2020 semester online and you need an I-20/DS-2019 issued so that you may obtain a visa for Spring 2021, please contact Denise Wesselow at dewessel@ncsu.edu

Course Enrollment for Spring

If you currently intend to begin your graduate program in Spring 2021, you should plan to consult with your graduate program about releasing your advising hold, so that you can register for classes, which will begin October 19th. If you need to defer your admission until a later time, you can drop your courses online (prior to the start of the term) and receive a refund for any payments that you made.

To students in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria or Crimea

Due to current restrictions imposed by U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), NC State University is unable to offer remotely-delivered educational services to international graduate students who are currently residing in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, or Crimea (a region of Ukraine occupied by Russia) without first obtaining a Department of Treasury specific license.
If you are already residing in the United States on a valid visa, you should continue to follow SEVP guidelines regarding course registration at NC State in Spring 2021.