Early College

If you will graduate from a Cooperative Innovative High School or Early College High School in North Carolina and simultaneously earn an associate degree, you 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.

Applying as a first-time student

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.

Applying as a transfer student

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. Please note, if you apply as a transfer student you will not be eligible for freshman scholarships.

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 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 admissions@uncfsu.edu or 910.672.1371.

Read more about House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a).
See the list of qualifying CIHS schools.

What to Submit

To apply as a first-time student, you should submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission through CFNC.
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official high school transcript.
  4. Official SAT/ACT scores.
  5. Official college transcript.
  6. 250 word personal statement that tells us who you are and why you want to attend FSU.

To apply as a transfer student, you should submit the following:

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission through CFNC.
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official college transcript.
  4. Official high school transcript.
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You must apply as a first-time student in order to be eligible for the following freshman scholarships:

NC Early College Debt Free Degree Scholarship

North Carolina Early College and Cooperative Innovative High School students can attend Fayetteville State University and earn a bachelor's degree DEBT FREE.*

We will provide selected students with a scholarship to make it possible. Here's how it works:

  • If you are a North Carolina Early College student, have a high school unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have applied for federal financial aid, you're eligible to apply. You must be a North Carolina resident to qualify.
  • The scholarship is available for up to two years while enrolled at FSU (excluding summer school).
  • FSU will award you a scholarship to cover the cost of attendance above any federal and state grants and scholarships you receive. You don't have to accept any loans.
  • The scholarship will cover the cost for tuition, fees, room, and board. That means living on campus is covered!

You can earn a bachelor's degree without having to use your own money. AND you can do it while attending a school that puts you first to set you up for a successful future.What you need to do:

Apply now and begin your journey to a debt free degree. If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 910.672.1371 or admissions@uncfsu.edu.

*The NC Early College Scholarship is competitive. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee selection.

Hackley Global Scholars

The Hackley Global Scholarship Program is a fully-funded scholarship, renewable for up to four years. This competitive scholarship is limited to 5 Hackley Global Scholars per year.

As a Hackley Global Scholar, you will have:

  • A fully funded scholarship, renewable up to 4 years
  • Guaranteed housing in the Hackley Global Scholars Community
  • Familiarity with the language, culture and customs of people throughout the world
  • Priority consideration for study abroad at no cost to you
  • The possibility of internships with leading organizations or scholar assistantships with leading faculty in your field of study

Scholarship Requirements:

  • At least a 3.5 high school GPA
  • SAT score of 1080 (critical reading and math) or ACT score of 22

How to Apply:

Application Deadline:

  • February 28, 2020

Empowering our students is our mission, and through our unique academic programs we can do just that. Through our Hackley Global Scholars Program, FSU gives you the edge you need to compete in the global economy. For more information about our Global Scholars Program, call or email us at 800.222.2594 or admissions@uncfsu.edu.

Dr. Valeria Fleming STEM Scholarship

Named for one of FSU's most esteemed professors, the Dr. Valeria Fleming STEM Scholarship provides students who intend to pursue a STEM major the chance to complete their degrees debt free.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Be a freshman applicant for admission to FSU, meeting all requirements for admission.
  • Submit the scholarship application and two recommendations by February 16.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1080 or ACT score of 22.
  • Intend to pursue a STEM major.

For more information about the Dr. Valeria Fleming STEM Scholarship, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 910.672.1325 or finaid@uncfsu.edu.