Many entering freshmen have been on campus the past several weeks attending Orientation. Thomas Griffin, NC State’s director of undergraduate admissions, spoke with WRAL yesterday and provided insight into why they might have been admitted while some of their peers weren’t. After all, NC State received more than 17,600 freshman applications for admission this year — a record — and admitted about 55 percent of them.
“The kinds of students that N.C. State wants to enroll are students that have an interest or passion in some area, but it can widely vary as to what that passion or interest is,” he said.
In our Summer 2005 cover story, NC State magazine ran a much more detailed account on what it takes to get into NC State and its unique admissions system:
As far back as admissions officers can recall, NC State has required applicants to select a first and second choice among the colleges for which they want to be considered. No other UNC System school does this. . . .
The reason is that part of NC State’s mission, perhaps more so than any other campus in the UNC System, is to send students into the working world to thrive in industries that have traditionally been critical to the state economy. Applicants, no matter how strong their qualifications, don’t get into NC State unless they’re accepted by their first or second choice of colleges. . . .
Sometimes applicants with a high GPA, good SAT scores and a lofty class rank are turned away from more selective colleges, while students with average credentials but strong interest in a traditional industry are admitted to another college.