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Dean’s Scholars

Our Dean’s Scholars Program connects top students with opportunities to excel in the classroom, on campus and in the community.

How it Works

Each year, the Dean’s Scholars Program honors a limited number of incoming first-year students who displayed meritorious achievement in high school. Scholars receive:

  • A $2,000 first-year scholarship.
  • Automatic entry to your choice of the University Honors Program or University Scholars Program, with an opportunity to live in the University Honors/Scholars Living Learning Village.
  • Guidance from the Humanities and Social Sciences dean, the dean’s advisory board and college alumni.
  • A $2,000 scholarship (sophomore, junior or senior year) to participate in a high impact practice such as study abroad, undergraduate research or an internship.


Dean’s Scholar candidates must be incoming first-year students who have:

  • High-achieving high school metrics. Scholars often have grades primarily in the A to A- range, and a class rank in the top 10-12 percent. Please note that since standardized test scores were optional for Fall 2021 admission, they are not a factor for 2021-22 Dean’s Scholar eligibility.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, employment and/or extracurricular activities.

How to Apply

Students who apply for admission by Nov. 1 will be automatically considered for this program. Those invited to apply will be asked to do so through PackASSIST, NC State’s scholarship application portal.

One Scholar’s Story

As an intern at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Dean’s Scholar Colin Gravelle spent his summer researching vegetable caterpillars, tekotekos and other unique objects. During his internship, Gravelle prepared curatorial notes for objects in the museum’s Pacific and African collections. The experience allowed Gravelle, an anthropology major, to explore real-world applications of the courses he’s taken at NC State.

Colin Gravelle stands in front of an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History