NC State Scholars Visitation Program

Program Overview

North Carolina State University’s Graduate School is committed to enhancing the diversity of its graduate programs. The NC State Scholars Visitation Program is targeted towards student scholars (Gates, LSAMP, MARC, McNair, Meyerhoff, Mellon Mays, RISE, etc.) who are interested in graduate study at NC State University. The program provides an opportunity for prospective scholars to visit our campus, at no cost, to learn more about current research of our faculty and graduate students, and to experience the quality of our graduate programs. The program contributes to the ethnic, cultural, and academic diversity of NC State’s Graduate School and our Professional Colleges.

2016 NC State Scholars Visitation Program Participants

Prospective Graduate Participant Benefits

  • Interact with world-class faculty in your interested discipline and research interest
  • Network with current graduate students and other prospective students
  • Visit several state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories
  • Engage administrators on strategies for submitting a competitive application and how to secure funding
  • Be exposed to research opportunities

Selection Criteria

Prospective graduate students must possess a strong academic profile for the program they are interested in visiting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Be a sophomore through junior in college (senior and masters students will not be admitted unless approved by NC State graduate faculty)
  • Demonstrate serious consideration to attend NC State University
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (consideration for international students currently enrolled in a higher education institution within the continental United States may be considered)
  • Complete the entire application (including faculty recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and statement of interest)


To be considered in our selection process, interested students must submit all application materials by November 30, 2016, at 12 noon. Applicants will be notified of decisions of admittance by December 16, 2016.

  • NC State Scholars Visitation Program Application
  • Statement of Interest (500 words or less directed towards your graduate program of interest that indicates your research and/or professional interest and why you want to pursue these interests at NC State University)
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty
  • Unofficial copy of transcript (each institution attended)
  • Current CV/resume

Answers to Common Questions

A FAQ for the NC State Scholars Visitation Program is available for your convenience.

Covered Accommodations

  • Air or ground transportation (original receipts must accompany request for reimbursement)
  • NOTE – We will not reimburse checked luggage fees
  • Lodging accommodations (double room occupancy)
  • Meals while participating in the program

Click here to learn more about our graduate programs.


Brett A. Locklear, Director for Graduate Recruiting