Transfer applicants can learn more about the application process below:

Invitation to Apply

June 17.2020 Update: We are currently assessing the impact that COVID-19 may have on our selection process and Finalist Interview Day. Future updates will be shared on this page, as well as on social media. You can review last year’s information below.

In mid-March, the Goodnight Scholars Program will issue approximately 300 invitations to apply to prospective NC State transfer students who have applied for fall 2020 admission. This invitation gives each student access to the Goodnight Scholars Program online application. The invitation is sent to the email address listed on the student’s general NC State application. The application is accessible via Pack ASSIST.

To receive an invitation to apply as a transfer student, a student must:

Additional criteria may be used to address critical needs in STEM and STEM education fields, and encourage diversity and inclusion per the University’s strategic plan.


Prospective NC State transfer students who wish to be considered for an invitation to apply may nominate themselves for consideration. This form also allows students to share unique academic and/or financial circumstances that they feel may cause them to be overlooked for an invitation to apply to our Program. Self-nomination does not guarantee an invitation to apply. The self-nomination form for the Transfer Class of 2023 is now closed. The self-nomination form for the Transfer Class of 2024 will open in February 2021.

The Goodnight Scholars Program Application

Questions on the Goodnight Scholars Program application will focus on the student’s academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, and understanding of the role STEM fields play in addressing key societal and global issues. The application will also contain a section for the student to self-report household income and other financial information. Applications will be due March 31, 2020 and will be reviewed by a committee of NC State faculty, staff, alumni, and campus partners.

Not sure where to start when drafting your essays? You can find helpful tips via the links below.

The Goodnight Scholars Program Transfer Finalist Interview Day

In mid-April, the review committee and the Goodnight Scholars Program professional staff will select the top 40 candidates to join us for an in-person interview on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

3.16.2020 Update: Due to NC State’s COVID-19 plan, the Transfer Finalist Interview Day has been changed to a virtual interview taking place on April 24th and 25th. Up to 50 candidates will be chosen to participate. Candidates who are selected will be notified via email in April 10th and will receive additional instructions. Virtual interviews are mandatory for finalists who wish to be considered for the Program.

Recipient Selection and Notification

In early May, the Goodnight Scholars Program selection committee will meet and select the recipients and alternates for the Transfer Class of 2023. Students will be notified of their status immediately via the email address listed on their Goodnight Scholars Program application. Recipients will have until May 5, 2020 to accept the scholarship offer.

NC State Transfer Application Procedure & Deadlines

Throughout the entire Goodnight Scholars Program selection process, transfer students are expected to abide by the general NC State transfer application procedures and deadlines including submitting all official transcripts for completed spring coursework by June 1. Any scholarship offers from the Goodnight Scholars Program can be rescinded if any deadlines are missed.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to review our FAQ for additional information about our Program and scholarship. If you have more questions after reading the FAQ, please feel free to contact us at