Students Say

The “largest and most diverse” of North Carolina’s public university system, NC State provides undergrads with a “high level education” and “great value.” The campus rings with a “welcoming, down-to-earth” vibe and “Wolfpack pride” is certainly infectious. Moreover, the university maintains “opportunities to fit every single type of person no matter their interest.” Academically, NC State is home to a stellar engineering school that students contend is “the best engineering program in the state of North Carolina.” It offers “world-renowned faculty who conduct innovative and cutting edge research in a plethora of scientific fields.”

Overview

Applicants
20,208
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
33%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The “largest and most diverse” of North Carolina’s public university system, NC State provides undergrads with a “high level education” and “great value.” The campus rings with a “welcoming, down-to-earth” vibe and “Wolfpack pride” is certainly infectious. Moreover, the university maintains “opportunities to fit every single type of person no matter their interest.” Academically, NC State is home to a stellar engineering school that students contend is “the best engineering program in the state of North Carolina.” It offers “world-renowned faculty who conduct innovative and cutting edge research in a plethora of scientific fields.” Undergrads also like to emphasize the “exceptionally rigorous” design program which is “small and personal.” And we’d certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention the “fantastic business school” and “great entrepreneurship program” it has developed. Inside the classroom, students find their professors to be “very enthusiastic about what they teach” and appreciate that they truly “challenge you to think.” As one satisfied junior adds, “My professors are extremely knowledgeable about the course material and bring in practical demonstrations to bring the lecture to life.” And just as important, “professors love to discuss future professional development plans with undergraduate students.” All in all, it’s highly evident that “professors and TAs here love their jobs.” Simply put, “they want you to succeed.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
1,819
with Terminal Degree
1,545

1,142
Men
677
Women
273
Minority
37
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Poultry Science
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • German Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Health Occupations Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Textile Sciences and Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Technical and Business Writing

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • School Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Arts Management
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. William Friday
President emeritus, University of NC system

James B. Hunt, Jr.
former Govenor, North Carolina

Jim Goodnight
President and CEO of SAS Institute

Ed Woolard
retired CEO, Dupont

Hugh Shelton
former Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Ed Hood
former Vice Chair and Exec Officer-General Electric

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Students at NC State work hard and are concerned about their future careers, and most feel that the school prepares them very well for life after college. The Career Development Center offers oneon- one academic advising and career planning; job and internship search resources; career fairs and on-campus recruiting in many different fields; and help with resume building, job interviews, and other professional skills. The school also offers a Cooperative Education program that allows students to pursue paid work in their field while studying for their degree. “I have had several good academic advisors that have helped me decide what courses I should take based on the different career paths I have been considering,” says a student. “Also, all of my professors always wish to do whatever they can in order to help out the students.” Out of NC State alumni visiting Payscale.com, 55 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$48,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$86,800

Alumni with High Job Meaning
55%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
92

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Annual tuition and fees for North Carolina residents are $8,296. For nonresidents, tuition and fees reach $21,751. For both residents and nonresidents, room and board runs about $10,000 per year, while books and supplies average about $1,000 annually. Around 57 percent of all NC State students take out loans—students who borrow money graduate with an average loan debt of roughly $19,530.

Bang For Your Buck

NC State continues to be a bargain for North Carolina residents. Offering financial assistance to qualified students is an integral part of NC State’s history. In fact, this school was one of the first universities in the nation to create a scholarship program for students with the greatest financial need. The school’s program, Pack Promise, guarantees that North Carolina’s most disadvantaged students will receive 100 percent of their financial aid needs met through scholarships, grants, federal work-study employment, and need-based loans. In addition, this program includes academic counseling to ensure that students will graduate in four years.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,673

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,015

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,089

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$20,482

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,718

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,038
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,293
Required Fees
$2,258
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,076

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,786
Transportation for Commuters
$798

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

When you first step onto the campus of NC State, “first impressions might make it seem like everyone there is a sorority girl or a frat guy who all wear cowboy boots and come from rural NC.” However, “if you look closely [you’ll see a] very diverse campus with lots of opportunities.” Indeed, you’ll find a range from “hipster to farm boy” and everything in between. Of course, no matter the easy or convenient characterization, most undergrads agree that their peers are “welcoming” and “friendly.” Students tell us that “fitting in is super easy and getting involved with any of the many programs on campus help[s] with meeting new people and making friends!” And while most students are “devoted to academics,” they all still manage to “go out and have fun.” Additionally, undergrads say their peers “are service oriented and always think of creative ways to give back.” Finally, as one junior reveals, “NCSU is huge, so every person can find a spot—and when you do, you find a family. To me, it doesn’t feel like a large school. I see someone I know walking on campus every day. I don’t know anyone, particularly those that began their education living on campus, that hasn’t found their niche.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,473
Out of State
10%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

5.77%
Asian
6.91%
African-American
4.68%
Hispanic
76.82%
Caucasian
1.69%
Unknown
3.66%
International

44% female
56% male
10% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students proffer that NC State’s campus is always abuzz with activity. As one excited senior quickly shares, “There’s always something to do for fun—spanking the UNC Tarheels at football, painting the Free Expression Tunnel, stalking American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, and people-watching at the State Fair are just a few examples.” Athletics are extremely popular here and it often feels as though “basketball games and football games are almost required [viewing].” And, naturally, these contests are accompanied by “a large tailgate culture.” Additionally, the university “sponsors many different programs, ranging from concerts to a movie at the campus cinema every weekend.” And there are “quite a few service and community oriented activities that go on around campus, such as Shack-A-Thon for Habitat for Humanity and the Krispy Kreme Challenge for children’s hospitals.” Students also love to take advantage of the surrounding area. As one freshman tells us, “Hillsborough Street has a lot of fun restaurants to go to when we want to go out and do things. Also, there [are] lots of [places] to go to the movies and shop right outside of campus.” Indeed, the “Raleigh-area is full of things to do from concerts, bars, shows, restaurants, museums, malls, etc.” As another freshman sums up life at NC State, “The problem isn’t finding something to do, it is finding time to do it all [while] manag[ing] to stay on task and put aside time to study.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
76%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Cheryl Branker, Ed.D

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
577
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
20
Number of Religious Organizations

11% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

27% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wolfpack)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Wolfpack)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: GLBT Center and www.ncsu.edu/lgbthttp://oied.ncsu.edu/glbt/

Minority Support Groups: Support is provided by Multicultural Student Affairs (http://oied.ncsu.edu/MSA/) and via each academic unit, numerous student organizations and cultural activities. www.ncsu.edu/msa

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The mission for sustainability at North Carolina State University is “to engage the students, faculty members, staff, and university partners in preparing for a more sustainable future.” The Campus Environment Sustainability Team (CEST) is the group responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability strategic plan on campus. While CEST members are appointed, any member of the NC State community has the opportunity to participate in CEST’s decision- making process through public work groups. NC State is a signatory of the ACUPCC and has completed their Climate Action Plan. Additionally, the university has committed to a LEED Silver policy on all newly constructed buildings and large renovations. The university has an interdisciplinary major and minor as well as courses in Environmental Sciences in addition to colleges and departments in agriculture, forestry, earth sciences, marine sciences, atmospheric sciences, engineering, landscape and architectural design, management, education, economic policy and social sciences. In partnership with NC A&T University and the State Department of Agricultural and Consumer services, NC State operates the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at a working farm facility. There are also several student organizations dedicated to sustainability efforts, such as the - NC State Stewards, Wolfpack Environmental Student Association, and Net Impact. Lastly, events and workplaces on campus have the opportunity to become “Wolfpack Certified Sustainable,” which provides standards and incentives intended to encourage event planners and campus organizations to adopt sustainable practices.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
127

Average Number of PC's per Lab
23

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
NCSU bookstores (http://shop.bookstore,ncsu.edu/)has agreement with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo for student discounts.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stacy Fair
Director, E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Ctr

Address
NC State University
Campus Box 7404
Raleigh, NC 27295

Phone
919-513-1200

Email
stacy_fair@ncsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hunt Library
Gallery of Art and Design
Carter Finley Stadium / PNC Center
Talley Student Center
University Theatre

Most Popular Places Off Campus
NC Museum of Natural Science
NC State Capitol
Crabtree Valley Mall and many more malls
NC Museum of Art
Progress Center for Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:00 to 4:30
919-513-1200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies, check website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
cars, shuttle buses, buses, train, airplanes Raleigh-Durham Airport is approximately 8 miles away from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
See http://admissions.ncsu.edu/visit/parking-and-directions/

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Brownstone Sheraton Capital Center Ramada Inn Blue Ridge Road
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Key Stats

20,208
Applicants
24,473
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists