Applying to NCSSM

Finalist Online- Residential Appeal Policy:


Online finalists may request to appeal their Residential non-finalist status.  In order to do so, you must:





NCSSM offers both a Residential Program and an Online Program. Eligible applicants may apply to either or both programs using one electronic application.  There is no cost to apply and no tuition to become enrolled in either program. In order to complete the 2013-2014 application process and be considered for the NCSSM Class of 2016, potential applicants must complete ALL of the requirements within the required time frames:

  Step 1: Determine if You Are Eligible Before completing the application
  • Applicants must currently be in the 10th grade.
  • It is the policy of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to enroll only students who are legal residents of the State of North Carolina, as defined by G. S. 116-143.1, or whose parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the armed services who is abiding in North Carolina incident to active military duty, provided the student shares the abode of that parent, by December 1 of the school year in which the student applies for admission (the 10th grade year) and who otherwise meet the admissions criteria of the School.
 Step 2: Complete an Application via Application is CLOSED
  • NCSSM has partnered with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) to create the NCSSM electronic application.  To complete an application you must have a CFNC account.  Go to read through the instructions and create a CFNC Account.  Once you have created an account or if you already have a CFNC account:
    1. Log into
    2. Under the Apply Section, click ‘To College’
    3. Select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the pull down menu and complete the application.  
  • All NCSSM Applications must be completed via the electronic application. There are no exceptions.
  • Applicants must have each section of the application completed by January 15, 2014.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.
  • Questions for determining residency are built into the electronic application, however, some applicants may be required to provide additional documentation and will be contacted by an Office of Admissions residency expert after their application has been submitted.

Note: applicants will use this CFNC account to submit a transcript and monitor their admissions progress and status.

Go to the electronic application
E-application FAQs
  Step 3: Take the SAT October 5, 2013 to January 25, 2014 
  • All applicants must take the SAT as a sophomore as part of the application process. Applicants do not have to take the SAT before creating an application account.
  • Only score reports from tests administered on the following dates will be accepted:
    • October 5, 2013
    • November 2, 2013
    • December 7, 2013
    • January 25, 2014
  • We recommend that applicants register to take the SAT prior to the January test date. Test site cancellations due to inclement weather often occur during January.
  • To ensure that test results are sent directly to the NCSSM Admissions Office, students using a hard copy of the SAT registration form must enter the NCSSM special code 2241 in Block 11A. Students registering online for the SAT must select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the list of schools, to send the score report.
  Step 4: Obtain Teacher & Counselor Evaluations February 1 to March 15, 2014 
  • As part of the application process, applicants must secure evaluations from three teachers and his or her current guidance counselor. Applicants must have a teacher evaluation form completed by their:
    • *9th or 10th grade Science Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade Mathematics Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade English Teacher
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their teachers and counselor to complete an evaluation on their behalf.
  • February 1, 2014: Applicant/Family receive email notification that Teacher and Counselor Evaluation Form link is activated
  • March 15, 2014: Deadline for receipt of Teacher and Counselor Evaluation Forms by NCSSM
  • Teacher Evaluation and Counselor Report Forms will be accessible in PDF format
  • Applicants are expected to print three (3) Teacher and one (1) Counselor Evaluation. Forms should be provided to the educators that have agreed to complete the forms on behalf of the applicant.
  • Specific Directions for Teacher Evaluation and Counselor Report form completion:
    1. Teacher/Counselor name, current email address, and current school phone number
    2. Subject area (English, mathematics, science) or Counselor Information
    3. Response to prompts
    4. Teacher/Counselor signature
    5. English, mathematics and science teachers must give completed evaluations in an envelope with their signature over the seal to the counselor. Evaluation forms will not be accepted from applicants.
    6. Counselor collects forms, checks for signatures on each envelope and combines all forms into one envelope with the official school seal to ensure authenticity. Evaluation Forms without an official school seal will not be accepted.

    7. Counselor forwards all evaluation forms to NCSSM via U.S. Postal Service to mailing address:
      • NCSSM Office of Admissions
        PO Box 2418
        1219 Broad Street
        Durham, NC 27715-2418
Download teacher/counselor evaluation forms and instructions from your uniapp account.
  Step 5: Submit a Transcript with Fall 2013 Grades March 1 to March 15, 2014 
  • The NCSSM Office of Admissions will accept transcripts from March 1st until March 15th.
  • To request a transcript using's Transcript Manager:
    1. Log into
    2. Under the Apply Section, click 'To College,' and then 'Transcript Manager'
    3. Select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the pull down menu
Read more about submitting transcripts
  Step 6: Attend Discovery Day (Residential only) Must attend on the date assigned 
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, all residential applicants are required to attend an assigned Discovery Day on the campus of NCSSM.
  • On Discovery Day, residential applicants will take an NCSSM math test.
  • Parents will attend an information session highlighting academics and student life.
  • Details concerning Discovery Day will be emailed after he or she has completed and submitted the application.


March 1, 2014: Residential Discovery Day I

AM: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Vance, Wayne, Wilson

March 1, 2014: Residential Discovery Day I

PM: Alexander, Cabarrus, Hertford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Pitt, Rowan, Stanley, Surry, Yadkin
March 8, 2014: Residential Discovery Day II

AM: Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Forsyth, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Northampton, Pender, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Sampson, Stokes, Warren, Wilkes

March 8, 2014: Residential Discovery Day II
PM: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Burke, Caldwell, Carteret, Catawba, Cleveland, Craven, Gaston, Gates, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Lincoln, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Union, Watauga
March 15, 2014: Residential Discovery Day III

AM: Wake

March 15, 2014: Residential Discovery Day III
PM: Bladen, Buncombe, Camden, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Columbus, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Polk, Richmond, Robeson, Rutherford, Scotland, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Yancey, Washington


Download the AM Discovery Day Schedule          Download the PM Discovery Day Schedule


  Follow your progress throughout the process After January 15, 2014 
Applicants will be able to follow their progress during the admissions process using a secure, NCSSM web link. After the application deadline on January 15, 2014, each applicant will be emailed a link and password to monitor their application process and final status. Applicants will be able to see whether or not their SATs and evaluations have been received and processed by NCSSM admissions.
Monitor your admissions progress