North Carolina State University--Raleigh

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Box 7001

Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: (919) 515-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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North Carolina State University--Raleigh is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,833, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina State University--Raleigh's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,206 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,661 (2013-14).

North Carolina State University, also known as NC State, is the largest four-year college in the state. As such, students have a surplus of choices, from more than 100 programs to major in to more than 400 clubs and organizations to join. The university has a large Greek community that fields more than 20 percent of the student body. For other extracurricular activities, students can check out annual events in Raleigh, such as the North Carolina State Fair and Winterfest. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though about 80 percent choose to. On the sports fields, NC State is known as The Wolfpack and competes in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

NC State has a variety of academic departments that serve graduate students, too, including a highly ranked engineering school that's particularly well known for its nuclear and biological/agricultural engineering programs; an education program; and the Jenkins Graduate School of Management. Notable NC State graduates include former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Cullen Jones.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Nationally and internationally ranked for its academic programs, innovative research and value, North Carolina State University is a leader in education with more than 34,000 students from nearly 100 countries. Upon graduation, NC State students are equipped to solve the world's most pressing challenges; whether they are related to science and technology, the environment, human and animal health, the economy, education, social sciences or pressing global issues such as energy and sustainability; with an education and approach founded on collaboration and creativity. In fact, more corporate and government entities recruit graduates from NC State than from any other university in North Carolina. With bachelor and masters degree programs in 110 fields, NC State has the following 10 colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. The university offers PhDs in over 60 fields, including a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The First Year College provides incoming students who are undecided about their major a year of intense, personal advising and guided exploration, accompanied by major and career guidance. NC State offers incoming students a range of financial aid assistance and scholarship opportunities. NC State offers competitive scholarships for entering freshmen in an effort to recognize and encourage exceptional academic ability and talent, exemplary character, and exceptional potential in leadership and service. Pack Promise affirms the university's mission and proven historical record of access, affordability and student success, ensuring that the neediest students will receive 100 percent of financial-aid requirements through a combination of scholarships, grants, federal work-study employment and need-based loans. Mentoring and counseling, academic support and advising, undergraduate research opportunities, and financial aid counseling ensures student success and timely graduation. NC State University recently signed academic and faculty exchange agreements with a Chilean and five Chinese universities. Nearly 700 NCSU students each year study abroad in International programs in countries ranging from Japan to Botswana. These international agreements and study-abroad programs create new opportunities for students to grow and contribute as citizens of a global society. As one of the country's foremost land-grant institutions, NC State is focused on research and engagement throughout the state, nation and world. The university leverages its core strengths in math, science and technology and a spirit of entrepreneurship to launch companies (currently more than 60) and create jobs (over 13,000 jobs created based on faculty research.) A national model for government, business and university partnerships, the NC State Centennial Campus is 1,120 acres of research, learning, leadership, and economic development. The campus includes the 214-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus; as well as the 90,000-plus square-foot Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, offering NC State student's hands-on training and experience at one of the nation's largest university-based facilities in the biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical industries. NC State University is located in Raleigh, the state's capitol. Raleigh is consistently ranked among the nation's top places to live and work and is also home to many Fortune 500 companies, and close to world-renowned Research Triangle Park. From NCAA Division I athletic programs, service-learning activities, cooperative education, intramural sports, study abroad and student organizations, NC State graduates have many opportunities to develop as well-rounded individuals, armed with the critical-thinking skills and education that reflects the needs of the world in which students will live and work.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $635,326,000


When applying to North Carolina State University--Raleigh, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at North Carolina State University--Raleigh is $70. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 60.1 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.6%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at North Carolina State University--Raleigh is 18:1, and the school has 27.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Carolina State University--Raleigh include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 39%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 23%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

North Carolina State University--Raleigh has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,833, with a gender distribution of 56.4 percent male students and 43.6 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. North Carolina State University--Raleigh is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 34,340
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

North Carolina State University--Raleigh offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. North Carolina State University--Raleigh also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at North Carolina State University--Raleigh, 32 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at North Carolina State University--Raleigh.

Students who have cars on campus 32%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At North Carolina State University--Raleigh, 48.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,360.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,206 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,661 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,434 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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