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How to Apply

Your application process for becoming an NC State student is based on your desired student classification: graduate student, undergraduate student, or Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student. After you have determined your classification, review the appropriate section below for information on how to apply.

Online and distance education is an important part of North Carolina State University's program offerings and mission. However, due to recent changes in higher education regulations, NC State University will no longer be able to accept applications for admission, allow registration for courses, or offer online programs and courses for students residing in Minnesota. NC State worked with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an NC State online degree or certificate to complete their programs. For questions regarding state authorizations, please contact DELTA at (919) 515-9030 or email destateauth@ncsu.edu.

There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations.


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Determine if you should apply
to be an NDS student


You should apply to be a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student if you are a:

  • New student at NC State
  • Returning NDS student (who has missed one or more regular semesters)
  • Person who has had a high school diploma or GED less than one year and wishes to take courses during Summer Sessions

You SHOULD NOT apply as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student if you are a:

  • Current NC State NDS student: You are already eligible to enroll; go to MyPack Portal to enroll in on-campus and Distance Education (DE) courses.
  • Former NDS student who has attempted 30 or more hours of enrollment in the NDS career. NDS students who have no intention of matriculating into a degree program and other NDS students in special programs affiliated with the university that require more than 30 hours will be able to request exceptions through Registration and Records.
  • NDS student who has a total GPA of less than 2.0.
  • Current NC State degree student: You are already eligible to enroll; go to MyPack Portal to enroll in on-campus and DE courses.
  • Student academically suspended from an institution of higher learning within the last 3 years.
    • A student academically suspended from another institution within the past 3 years may not enroll in classes at NC State.
    • A student academically suspended from NC State: Academically suspended NC State students should complete the Academic Advisor Authorization form.
  • Person who does NOT have a high school diploma or GED. (AEO Information)
  • Person who has had a high school diploma or GED less than one year (you may only enroll during Summer Sessions).
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Apply to be an NDS student


Please complete the Non-Degree Studies Application online or download the application in PDF format.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: All prospective students in a non-immigrant status must complete the Distance Education Clearance Form for International Applicants. This form should be completed and returned to the Distance Education office with the appropriate documentation via fax, e-mail (as a PDF or JPEG attachment), regular mail, or in person before each semester. US Permanent Residents, please send a copy of your PR card (front and back).

All international applicants whose native language is not English should be advised that a TOEFL IBT Score of 85 or above is recommended for successful completion of a NC State Distance Education course.

Please note: Applicants who are citizens from countries (Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom) in which English is the official or commonly spoken language do not need to prove English proficiency.

Contact: For more information, please see the International Admissions Review Process

Spencer Scorsone, Student and Faculty Program Associate

NOTE: Applicants are required to pay a $30.00 non-refundable NDS application processing fee. The application is effective for a period of one year.

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Receive information for enrollment


All applications to NC State undergo a review process and admissions decision. If your application is approved, we will provide you with all the information you need to enroll in classes online: your Unity ID and password. Applications are usually processed within five business days of receipt and you will receive your enrollment information via e-mail. NDS students can enroll in available courses beginning with the Open Enrollment period of the registration cycle.

Contact NC State Distance Education Try our Frequently Asked Questions


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Check out our FAQs for answers to our most common questions! If you wish to speak to someone directly, please contact the Distance Education office at (919) 515-9030 or toll-free at (866) 467-8283.