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To take NC State online courses all students must first be admitted to the university. Complete the following steps to apply as a non-degree studies (NDS) student if you are not matriculated in a degree program at NC State.
Non-Degree Studies Admission
Step 1: Apply for Admission to NC State as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Student
Click the button below to start your application. If you receive a message that new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you will have to wait to apply until after the start-of-term lockout is over. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

Click here for general information and to check your eligibility for NDS status.

Click here to apply for admission to a degree program at NC State.
Step 2: Pay Tuition
NDS students are required to prepay their tuition before they can register for classes.

Calculate your tuition and fees. Tuition for online classes (also called distance education, or DE) is calculated by the number of credit hours. Courses numbered between 100 and 499 are charged at the Undergraduate–Standard DE Rate. Courses numbered 500 and above are charged at the Graduate–Standard DE Rate. Click here to view current rates for tuition and fees.

Pay tuition and fees online (ePay), or click here for other payment options.

Click here for general information and answers to questions about tuition and fees.
Step 3: Register for Your Class
To register for classes you will need an NC State student ID number and/or NC State Unity (computer system) ID and password. These will be e-mailed to you once your NDS application has been processed and accepted.

NDS students can register for classes only after the open enrollment period begins.

Using your NC State Unity ID and password, log in to the MyPack Portal and select the class(es) for which you wish to register.

To request a waiver of prerequisite classes not taken at NC State, or for other assistance with registration, e-mail Please include in the message the number and name of the course for which you wish to register and your NCSU student ID number.