Pathway Program

In the NC State Pathway Program, students take a combination of IEP courses and undergraduate credit courses at the same time allowing them to earn credits towards their graduation requirements. This program is an option for conditionally admitted students beginning Fall 2019. Students must apply for the Pathway Program.

Advantages of a Pathway Program

  • Earn 4-7 credits towards graduation while in the IEP
  • Receive language support for credit course(s)
  • Gradually transition from the IEP to your undergraduate major
  • Small IEP Pathway classes

Level 5 Pathway Program

**Calculus I

MA 141: Science and Engineering Track

  • Your major may not require MA 141.  However, this course will be accepted to fulfill the math requirement for most majors.  Check your degree requirements to see what math courses are required for your major.
  • If you took Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC in high school, check the NC State website to see if your AP test score places you out of MA 141.

  • Have at least a TOEFL iBT 70 or an IELTS 6.0*
  • Earn 7 credits towards your graduation requirements
  • Take two undergraduate credit courses (one per semester) in addition to IEP courses.

Level 6 Pathway Program

  • Have at least a TOEFL iBT 75 or an IELTS 6.0*
  • Earn 4 credits towards your graduation requirements
  • Take one undergraduate credit course in addition to IEP courses

*IELTS subscores will be taken into consideration for placement into the Level 5 or Level 6 Pathway Program.

Program of Study

IEP Core: Writing/Grammar80
IEP Core: Integrated Skills for College Success40
COM 110: Public Speaking4.53
IEP Support COMM 11020

IEP Core: Writing/Grammar100
IEP Core: Integrated Skills for College Success30
MA 141: Calculus I (Science and Engineering Track)64
IEP Support MA 14120

Note: Students who are accepted into the Level 5 Pathway Program will automatically move into the Level 6 Pathway Program after successful completion of the Level 5 Pathway.

Application Process

In order to be considered eligible for the Pathway Program, you must be conditionally admitted to an undergraduate program of study at NC State.

  1. Take the NC State Math Placement Test (you will need your unity account information)
  2. Apply for the Pathway Program


Apply early, seats are limited. Your application is not considered complete until you have taken the Math Placement Test.

Important Notes

  • Spaces in Pathway are limited. Not all students who apply will be accepted into the Pathway Program. Students will be evaluated for the Pathway Program on a variety of factors including test scores, completion of all application steps, etc.
  • Final placement in the Pathway Program (Level 5 Pathway or Level 6 Pathway) will be determined by the online IEP placement test that all new students are required to take upon arrival to NC State. If your placement is LOWER than indicated for Pathway, even if you have a TOEFL iBT score that meets the Pathway requirement, you will be required to begin in the non-credit regular IEP.
  • Students that use AP credit to place out of MA 141 are encouraged to enroll in the regular full-time IEP instead of the Pathway Program.
  • Students participating in the Pathway Program will be required to sign a Statement of Understanding indicating that they understand the rules, expectations, and costs of the program.
  • If admitted, you will receive an I-20 for a Pathway Program from NC State.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, not at this time. The IEP is in the process of adding more credit classes in the future.
Yes! You will be in a regular undergraduate credit class with NC State undergraduate students.
COM 110 has approximately 20 students and MA 141 has approximately 80 students.
The IEP will register you for your undergraduate credit course as well as the IEP courses.
No. The TOEFL iBT score you submitted in your undergraduate NC State application will be used for your Pathway Program application.
Not at this time. In the future, we may have a special Pathway Program for conditionally admitted graduate students in the future.