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Undergraduate Scholarships

We are committed to ensuring that every keen and curious mind has access to a superior education. Private support helps make this possible by expanding opportunities to more students across North Carolina and beyond, keeping our top talent in-state while attracting outstanding scholars from across the country. Our students graduate empowered for a lifetime of success and impact — our Think and Do spirit in action.

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1 in 5 Students Are First-Generation

In the class of 2026, 19% are the first in their families to attend college.

40% of Students Are From Rural Counties

More than a third of the class of 2025 are from Tier 1 or Tier 2 counties.

7% Increase in Applications

Transfer and first-year appliactions rose to a new high in 2022.

Scholarships at NC State

As NC State looks to the future, no priority is more important than strengthening our ability to extend educational opportunity to bright, deserving students. Cost is a major consideration for many students and their families, and with recent challenges in our world, paying for college has become increasingly difficult. Though we are continually recognized as one of the best values in higher education, in 2022, annual expenses for full-time, in-state students total more than $25,000.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, we have been able to support an additional 5,100 students through new scholarships over the last several years. Endowed scholarships are especially critical to maintaining this level of support, regardless of economic uncertainty or fluctuations in state or federal support.

NC State is on an incredible upward trajectory as the university of choice for promising scholars of all backgrounds. In the fall of 2022, we welcomed the largest first-year class in university history.

When our student population grows, our entire state benefits — these thinkers and doers will enrich our communities, our economy and our university’s reputation. As a land-grant institution, it is our mission to ensure that finances do not close the doors on those who have earned their place in the Pack. Scholarships make this possible, allowing us to grow while serving our students, our state and our world. It’s how we think and do — and power the extraordinary.

Opportunities for Your Support

Endowed Full-Tuition Scholarship
Your gift of $250,000 or more will provide full tuition support for a student in a program of your choice as well as a stipend for experiential learning, service learning or study abroad.

Endowed Merit Award Scholarship
Your gift of $50,000 or more will provide a partial merit-based scholarship for an incoming freshman in a program of your choice in recognition of his or her exceptional academic ability, talent and potential.

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship
Your gift of $50,000 or more will provide a partial merit- or need-based scholarship for a student in an undergraduate program of your choice.