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North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics educates academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Founded as the nation’s first public, residential STEM high school, we let North Carolina students design your future through challenging programs driven by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery.

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Residential Programs

Some 980 students live and learn in our Residential program on our Durham and Morganton campuses

Durham Residential

Each year, 680 students live and learn in the two-year Residential program as high school juniors and seniors taking rigorous math, science, and humanities courses at NCSSM-Durham, situated among historic in-town neighborhoods within walking distance of Duke University in this mid-size city. The campus was founded in 1980 to create the nation’s first public, residential high school featuring STEM education.

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Programs At A Glance

  • 11th- and 12th-graders
  • Durham, NC
  • Free
  • All faculty have master’s/doctorate

Morganton Residential

NCSSM’s two-year Residential high school experience with rigorous math, science, and humanities courses is now offered at our newest campus composed of new and newly renovated historic buildings on a ridge-top setting. In this picturesque western North Carolina town surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor recreation, each year we serve 300 juniors and seniors from across NC in a life-changing living-learning community.

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Programs At A Glance

  • 11th- and 12th-graders
  • Morganton, NC
  • Free
  • All faculty have master’s/doctorate

How to apply

Eligible applicants may apply to NCSSM’s Residential, Online, or Summer Ventures program or all three, using one electronic application. There is no application fee or cost for tuition, meals, room/board, or textbooks for these three programs.

In order to complete the 2024-25 application process and be considered for the NCSSM Class of 2027, potential applicants must complete ALL of the requirements within the required time frames.

The application process for the Class of 2027 will open on Oct. 15, 2024, at noon and close on Jan. 5, 2025, at 11:59 p.m.

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Be eligible

  • Applicants must be in their second year of high school
  • Applicants applying for the Class of 2027 must establish permanent legal residency in the state of North Carolina by December 1, 2024, and are required to complete the residency application using the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS) by January 30, 2025.
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Standardized tests (SAT or ACT)

Standardized Test Update for the Class of 2027

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will not require or accept standardized tests (SAT, ACT, etc.) for the Class of 2027. The Office of Admissions will not accept any score reports as part of the application process.

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Complete application

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 www.cfnc.org read through the instructions and create a CFNC account. Once you have created an account or if you already have a CFNC account, log into CFNC.org.

For specific instructions on filling out the NCSSM Application at CFNC.org, see the Application Help Guide.

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Applicants must have each section of the application completed via the CFNC.org electronic application by January 5, 2025, at 11:59 p.m. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline.

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Request evaluations

Evaluations are required from each of these by February 28, 2025:

  • 9th or 10th STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teacher
  • 9th or 10th grade English Teacher
  • Guidance counselor—Must be your current 10th grade guidance counselor

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Submit a transcript

February 15 to February 28, 2025

The window for submitting transcripts and report cards will open on February 15, 2025, and close on February 28, 2025. Applicants can submit or report their grades using one of the following methods:

  • CFNC: Applicants can submit their official transcripts using www.cfnc.org. If the applicant is enrolled in a year-long course, they will need to request that their current year counselor submit an official report card to the Office of Admissions to accompany their transcript.
    • Log in to CFNC.org
    • Under the Apply Section, click To College, and then Transcript Manager
    • Select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the pull-down menu
  • Applicants can request that their counselor send an official copy by US Postal Service: Attn: NCSSM Office of Admissions, 1219 Broad Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27705 or by uploading it and sending it electronically to transcripts@ncssm.edu.
  • Self Reporting: Applicants can upload an unofficial copy of their transcript in Blackbaud. If the applicant is enrolled in a year-long course, they will need to scan and submit a copy of their report card in Blackbaud to accompany their transcript. Note: Applicants that are extended an offer for enrollment will be contingent on NCSSM receiving an official transcript from their home high school.

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NCSSM Discovery Days (NCSSM Math Assessment)

Applicants for the Class of 2027 who apply to NCSSM residential campuses (Durham and/or Morganton) are required to take the NCSSM Math Assessment as part of their application. Applicants will register in their Blackbaud account to take the NCSSM Math Assessment on one of the following dates:

Class of 2027 Discovery Days dates are coming soon. 

Note: Applicants will receive information about registering for one of the assessment dates once the CFNC application process closes on January 5, 2025.

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Upcoming events

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Event

Online Recognition Ceremony

May 26, 2024

NCSSM-Durham (Watts Lawn)

Event

Alumni Weekend 2024

October 25 – 27, 2024

NCSSM-Durham and around Durham

NCSSM Admissions Team

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Mattie Gaddy-Parks

Director of Admissions

Rob Andrews

Associate Director of Admissions

David Stevenson

Associate Director of Admissions

Jennifer Garrison

University Program Associate

Kinesha Harris

Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for Events and Campus Visitations

Tracy Poole

Admissions Counselor and Web-Based Media Specialist