- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Computer Science
- Gender: M
- High School: Central Cabarrus High School
- Transfer Student: N
NCSU is in the heart of Raleigh, in the research triangle of universities. It's also the biggest public college in the state (though you still see people you know around campus regularly). Nearly every building on campus is made of red brick, so it's not exactly attractive... but you grow to like it. We have a rivalry with UNC (Chapel Hill) which they try to claim isn't real, even though it's been going on since before Duke was even established. There is a ton of school pride in regards to sports, and we consistently have the best college football fans in the state. We also typically have the best football team in the state, though that's not saying much at all. Our basketball program is traditionally good, though right now it's struggling.
The academics here are pretty good. I can't speak for much besides the college of engineering, though... our engineering school is one of the top 25 in the world, and the computer science school within engineering has an excellent reputation. The education here is really geared toward whatever you want. There are plenty of opportunities just to learn for the sake of learning, but there are also tons of resources towards getting a job in the future. Being part of the research triangle park, there are plenty of technical jobs open, too. There are a mix of large, 200-person classes and smaller more personal classes. NCSU maintains good academic standards while allowing students a good amount of room to recover.
The student body here is very family-like with a relaxed atmosphere, despite being the largest college in the state. Unless someone is late, there's a good chance that they'd be willing to stop and talk. Politically, NC State is one of the rare conservative-leaning colleges. We have more moderates and republicans than most other universities, but there is still plenty of liberal activity as well.
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