Admission Criteria - Freshman

Freshman Applicant

An applicant for admission is considered individually in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of academic achievement and promise with considerable facility in the use of the English language and with an understanding of the fundamental mathematical processes;
  2. Complete record from an accredited secondary or preparatory school with graduation based on no fewer than 19 units; (See minimum undergraduate course requirements in next section.)
  3. Satisfactory scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test or the American College Test; (Students may be exempt from these tests if they are at least twenty-four years (24) old at the point of matriculation to the University.)
  4. Satisfactory class rank or grade point average.

The aforementioned and subsequent admissions criteria are applied flexibly to assure that individuals with unusual qualifications are not rejected in the admissions process.

The University of North Carolina System has a policy that each constituent institution limit the proportion of out-of state students in the entering freshmen class to not more than 18% and North Carolina A&T State University adheres to this policy. The College of Engineering is exempt from this policy. Therefore, academic achievement and SAT/ACT scores must be competitive.

Minimum Undergraduate Course Requirements

For admittance to all undergraduate programs all freshman applicants must satisfy the following minimum high school course requirements for admission:

  1. English – 4 units
  2. Science – 3 units: A biological science, a physical science and a science with a laboratory are required.
  3. Social Sciences – 2 units: United States History is required as one of the social sciences.
  4. 2 units of the same Foreign Language.
  5. Mathematics – 4 units: Mathematical course units must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one of the following Advanced Mathematics courses:
  • AP Calculus A/B
  • AP Calculus B/C
  • AP Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus (formerly Advanced Math)
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Integrated Mathematics IV
  • Advanced Functions and Modeling
  • IB Mathematics Level II


The following course can be taken at the community college to fulfill this requirement also, but only when taken in concert with the associated lab course. Both the classroom and lab courses must be presented together to be accepted.

  • MAT 155 AND 155A (Statistical Analysis)
  • MAT 165 AND MAT 165A (Finite Math)
  • MAT 171, 171A (Pre-Calculus Algebra) AND MAT 172, 172A (Pre-Calculus Trigonometry)
  • MAT 175 AND MAT 175A (Pre-Calculus)
  • MAT 252 AND MAT 252A (Statistics II)
  • MAT 271 AND MAT 271A (Calculus I)
  • MAT 272 AND MAT 272A (Calculus II)
  1. For freshman applicants that attend a non-public high school in North Carolina, the fourth math unit must be comparable to one of the courses listed above and must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. For out-of-state freshman applicants, the fourth math unit must be comparable to one of the courses listed above and must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.