Prospective students taking photo at wolf sculptures

Incoming Freshman

Incoming Freshman Admissions

Take your passion for design and turn it into a lifelong career. Majoring in Design provides the tools, knowledge, and curiosity necessary to transform your ability to solve complex global problems that enhance the world and improves lives.


Studio Based Majors | Architecture (BEDA), Art+Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design

Admission in Fall semester ONLY.

Steps for Complete Application

1. Submit a completed Common Application or Coalition Application with studio-based major as your first choice major. Deadline is October 15. We strongly suggest choosing a second choice major on your application, if applicable. Your second choice major cannot be another studio-based major.

2. Sign up with SlideRoom.

3. Submit 10 portfolio images and Design Essay through Slideroom. Deadline is November 1. Guidelines can be found here.

4. Activate your personal wolfPAW account and complete the University required checklist.

Application Process

1. Undergraduate Admissions reviews applicants – for application essentials (SAT, ACT, credits, etc.) then sends a list of academically competitive students to the College of Design.

2. College of Design then reviews the academically competitive students’ 10 piece portfolio and Design Essay.

3. Applicants continuing in the review process will be invited to Admissions Review Day or a Showcase in January.

    • Admissions Review Day is a mandatory interview with faculty members or an information session given by the department heads (varies by major). This part of the admission process is typically held on a Saturday in late January. Applicants will be notified in December if they have been selected and will receive detailed information at that time.
    • The Showcase is a non-mandatory, information session. This is by invite only.

4. Final admissions notifications will be sent early March.



Non-Studio Based Major | Design Studies

Admission in Fall and Spring Semesters

Deadlines: Rolling Admission, deadlines set by Undergraduate Admissions

Steps for Complete Application for Design Studies:

1. Apply via Common Application or Coalition Application by Undergraduate Admissions deadlines.

    • We HIGHLY recommend that you put a second-choice major. If you are not selected for your first choice major, you could be under consideration for your second choice major. Your second choice major cannot be another studio-based major and should be something that interests you.

2. Complete “To-Do List” in WolfPAW account.

* NO portfolio required for Design Studies applicants.



Bachelor of Architecture (BArch / 5th Year)

This is a one-year professional degree program ONLY for those students who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree in Architecture (from NC State or another program within a NAAB accredited institution).

FIND OUT MORE about the required portfolio and other requirements