I have lived around NCSU since '04 now that my time to apply has come around I have come to know NC State very intimately. The Wolfpack hockey games on TV (NCSU is renowned here for their spectacular hockey team), I have friends whom their parents are alumni and wear NCSU pride on their sleeves. Return on investment is visible as most of my friends NCSU alumni parents have always had very stable work (my best friends father graduated from the school with his degree in mechanical engineering and is making over $95k a year, talk about a return on investment!). Diversity in the area is excellent, & Ive interacted on campus with people of a plethora of backgrounds, whether christian, muslim, black or asian, alumni children & first generation, there's no two students alike here. Having grown up in Raleigh I can say that we've a wide variety of outlets for live music, role-playing festivities, entertainment, etc. Overall State is probably the college in NC that I would recommend the most.