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With the safety of our guests and staff as our top priority and due to the limited capacity our office can currently accommodate, we encourage you to connect with our staff by phone, email or a one-on-one virtual meeting. To speak with an admissions officer call 919-515-2434, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, email us at undergrad-admissions@ncsu.edu or schedule a virtual appointment. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
NC State is a highly rated public university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 22,317 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the NC State acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Business, Engineering, and Biology. Graduating 81% of students, NC State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,200.
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference

North Carolina State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

NCSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
47%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1250-1390
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$14,771/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,332/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
70%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.174 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.202 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.201 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    41%
  • On Campus
    55%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
22,317Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,882
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 144 responses
  • Diverse
    27%
  • Southern
    15%
  • Unique
    15%
  • Well-Rounded
    13%
  • Proud
    12%
  • Friendly
    6%
  • Driven
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.237 responses
Poll
81%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.291 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 157 responses
  • Amazing
    20%
  • The Right Choice
    20%
  • Spirited
    15%
  • So helpful, for a big school
    10%
  • Welcome Home
    9%
  • More Than Amazing!!!!!!!!
    9%
  • Lively
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.134 responses
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North Carolina State University Reviews

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After finishing my freshman year at NC State, I'm so glad I chose to go there. Everyone there is so welcoming and even after only the first week there I truly felt like I was a member of the Wolfpack. Even though NC State isn't known for sports everyone still gets really excited on game day and we have a great student section. The campus itself is beautiful and academics are also great there. There's some really interesting classes and so many different majors. All of the professors I've had so far have been genuinely interested in what they're teaching and really helpful. There really is something for everyone there.

Although everyone was sent home due to COVID-19, we were emailed with updates from administration almost daily and all of my teachers did their best to keep my classes on track and in communication.

I'm excited to go back in the fall and I can't wait for the next three years!
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I love going to NC State. Even though the school is big, they always find ways to make every student feel like they have a place to belong. There are lots of student organizations on campus that fill every need and if you do not see something you like, you can start your own organization! One thing I have learned through this quarantine season is that the professors really have the students' best interests at heart and will do whatever it takes to make sure you have everything you need to succeed. The sports are great and even if we don't win, they still make it a fun time to be there. All of the traditions really help students connect with the campus and create a special bond with the school by becoming a part of the Wolfpack. Since we are the Wolfpack there are a lot of community building events and things that bring everyone together.
I made such a great decision by picking nc state. I went to high school about 30 minutes away from campus and maybe thought that it would be too close to home or not something new enough but I was very wrong. I met so many great friends at nc state that come from all over the country and world! And although I am semi close to home, actually living in the city of Raleigh has been the perfect mix of a new scene along with being close enough to home that it is there if I need it. The sports, social scene, and academics here are all amazing and you won’t find a school with more school spirit than the pack! It’s a huge school with a beautiful campus, in one of the fastest growing and best cities in the country. You can’t go wrong with going to NC State because you will find your niche if that is with Greek life, sports, or the thousands of clubs here, so get involved! Amazing city, beautiful campus, and great academics! I’m so happy I chose to run with the pack!