From the School

With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership. NC State students, faculty and staff are focused. As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, NC State is committed to playing an active and vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world. How? Researchers across the university and Centennial Campus are deeply engaged in making new, application-driven discoveries. As a major research university, NC State has the people —from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty — and the responsibility to advance knowledge, transfer technology, and discover and develop innovations that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. And we are. NC State’s research expenditures are approaching more than $325 million annually, with almost 70 percent of faculty engaged in sponsored research and 2,500 graduate students supported by research grants. NC State is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures.

Overview

Applicants
21,610
Acceptance Rate
47%
Average HS GPA
4.42

GPA Breakdown

99%
Over 3.75

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 640
SAT Math
590 - 680
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

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
17:1
Total Faculty
1,921
with Terminal Degree
1,694

1,230
Men
691
Women
296
Minority
187
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


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

Overview

From The School

In 2006, Princeton Review ranked NC State as the second-best value among the nation's public colleges and universities. The same year, U.S. News & World Report ranked NC State 5th in Best Overall University Value among public universities. In 2007, Kiplinger's Personal Finance placed NC State as the 12th best value among the nation's colleges and universities. Paying for college might seem like a challenging task, but it doesn't have to be. As one of the nation's leading land-grant institutions, founded on the principal of helping others help themselves, educational parity is not just our commitment, it's our promise. That's why we have several payment programs available to you and your family to give you options. Whether you're an undergrad or graduate student, if you want to pursue higher education, we are here to help make it happen. Annual Tuition and Fees for the 2010-11 school year were $6,529 for NC residents and $19,064 for non-residents.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,916

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,581

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,071

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,530

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,178

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,038
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,493
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 Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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

Overall

From The School

Most students join one (or more) of the 400-plus student organizations active on campus. Find groups devoted to everything from religious and spiritual topics to social and political issues to cultural, media, recreational, academic, Greek and special interest activities. Other groups offer intramural and club sports, or sponsor service and multicultural events.

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
24,536
Out of State
10%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

5.55%
Asian
7.27%
African-American
4.33%
Hispanic
77.06%
Caucasian
2.09%
Unknown
3.21%
International

44% female
56% male
10% are out of state
88% are full time
13% are part time

Overview

From The School

Many students and faculty from around the globe call Raleigh home. And it's no wonder why. Raleigh, the state’s capital city, is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work. The Research Triangle region surrounds the NC State campus where many of the country’s leading, Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies are located.

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 Krispey 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
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme 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
643
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
18
Number of Religious Organizations
55

11% join a fraternity
15% 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/lgbt

Minority Support Groups: Support is provided by Multicultural Student Affairs 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

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://ncsu.collegestoreonline.com/)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

21,610
Applicants
24,536
Size
47%
Acceptance Rate
1240
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists