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Visit NC State Program

Program Overview

The Visit NC State Program is designed to offer prospective graduate students, and particularly those interested in the Ph.D., an opportunity 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 next Visit NC State Program will be from November 17-19, 2024.

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
  • Engage administrators on strategies for submitting a competitive application and how to secure funding
  • Be exposed to research opportunities

Please see the 2023 agenda for further details on what to expect in 2024.

Selection Criteria

Prospective graduate students must possess a strong academic profile for the program they are interested in visiting. Much weight is placed on prior research experience and the letter of recommendation. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a junior or senior in college, an enrolled master’s student, or an interested post-baccalaureate
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (International students currently enrolled in a higher education institution within the United States may be considered.)


To be considered, interested students must submit all application materials by no later than September 30, 2024.

  • Visit NC State Program Application (To be posted in June 2024)
  • 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

 Covered Expenses

  • Air and/or ground transportation
  • Lodging accommodations (room and tax)
  • Meals while participating in the program


Dr. David Shafer
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School

Learn more about graduate programs at NC State.