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Freshmen - First Year Students

A first-year student is defined as any applicant who has not taken any college-level coursework after completing high school. Fayetteville State University seeks to admit students whose academic preparation is strong, who desire to succeed, and who are highly motivated academically, professionally, and personally.

In reaching admissions decisions the following information is considered: overall academic performance and grades, rank in class (if available), standardized test scores and, if provided, a writing sample. While letters of recommendation are not required, they provide additional information regarding the applicant’s accomplishments. The University’s Admissions Office implements the established academic policies and requirements that define the necessary qualifications and credentials for admission.

Applicants for admission to the first-year class will be reviewed on a rolling basis. In addition to meeting the minimum course requirements, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent.
  2. Completed application along with the non-refundable $40 application fee. 
  3. Submission of a copy of the high school transcript showing grades earned through the junior year, courses in progress in the senior year, rank in class (if available) and a cumulative grade point average.
  4. A minimum grade point average that is satisfactory of the university requirement.
  5. Submit the results of the SAT or ACT with the Writing Component.
  6. Provide us with a typed written (250 words) personal statement that expresses who you are and why you want to attend FSU. 
  7. A passing score on all sections of the North Carolina Competency Examination.


Students who will graduate from a Cooperative Innovative High School or Early College High School in North Carolina and simultaneously earn an associate degree have the choice to apply as either a first-year student or a transfer student. Please carefully review the information below to make your decision. 

If you choose to apply as a first-time student, your application will be evaluated comprehensively based on your high school courses and GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and college transcript. 

If you choose to apply as a transfer student, your application will be evaluated solely based on your college transcript. After graduation you will submit your final high school transcript, but it will not factor into your admission decision. You may have additional application requirements for your intended major program. We encourage you to contact your department to discuss your options. 

Regardless of how you choose to apply, you will be considered a first-time student upon enrollment. This is so that you will remain eligible for housing, scholarships, and other programs that are available to first-time freshmen. The number of transfer credits you have earned will determine your standing as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. 

For more information, please contact us at or 910.672.1371. 

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