North Carolina State University–Raleigh Reviews and Ranking Awards

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North Carolina State University (NC State) offers a wealth of educational opportunities so that graduates start and continue their careers on the right track. The university also aims to provide a diverse and inclusive environment for all, including an expansive international student body. In addition to an anti-racism campus, dedicated professionals work to assist in encouraging students to participate in self-care and to help fight injustices on campus, throughout the community, and beyond.

Overview of North Carolina State University–Raleigh

NC State’s campus also offers endless opportunities for involvement and hands-on experience to ensure a well-rounded experience in academics, socialization, community participation, and work experience. This state school has over 36,000 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With more than 9,000 faculty, students have an advantage over other state schools due to the low student-to-teacher ratio.

NC State has a reputation for excelling in STEM programs; however, the school has a number of highly reputable programs in other fields as well, including design, humanities, social sciences, and veterinary medicine. The school contributes around $6.5 billion to the state economy. Partnerships have been forged with local and regional non-profits, corporations, and government agencies. And the alumni network is committed to giving back to the university, as well as to provide opportunities to graduates and offer mentorships when possible.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 81%
Year Founded 1887

Student Enrollment

Total Students35,479


Undergraduate Student

Male 13,355
Female 11,844

Graduate Student

Male 5,448
Female 4,832

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Male 15,406
Female 14,944


Male 6,779
Female 7,323

Acceptance Rate47%

Male 44%
Female 49%

Enrollment 4,993

Male 1,847
Female 1,648
Application Fee $85
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The North Carolina State University average tuition net price is $14,958. Costs are substantially lower than private, non-profit higher learning institutions for some students. Tuition for in-state students is over $9,000 each year, and out-of-state students can expect to pay over $29,000 without financial aid of any sort. Roughly 68% of all NC State students receive some form of financial aid to help reduce the general cost of a degree. Another $15,000 or more will be required for the costs associated with books, fees, room and board, and other supplies.

Students should expect additional expenses not directly related to education expenditures. Part of the college experience is to participate in fun activities and events either associated with the school or not associated with the university in any way. Such activities are often not free including university sports games, nights out, and dinners off-campus. Most Raleigh, North Carolina, residents also enjoy taking local and regional trips to nearby attractions, including the mountains and the sea.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $14,771
Average Total Aid $10,332
Students Receiving Financial Aid 70%
Room & Board $11,359

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,101
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $29,220
  • Books and Supplies - $1,082
  • Room & Board - $11,359
  • Other - $2,717


The academic infrastructure and modeling at NC State University center around theory, practice, research, leadership, and innovation. As part of the hands-on practicum, students will work on real-life projects some of the 70 private and public partnerships available to students, including the development of smart electric grids, self-powered health devices, the elimination of nuclear practices, agricultural climate change, self-heating and cooling clothing, new US-based manufacturing, and more.

Students will be able to choose from 12 colleges and dozens of majors such as agricultural sciences, engineering, business, life sciences, technology, humanities, environmental and natural resources, education and teaching, recreation, tourism, and sport. The same industry partnerships that provide coordinated projects with classes also offer co-ops and internships. Students can pursue academic prowess at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the graduate level, students can complete professional degrees in law, medicine, and business.

STEM and entrepreneurship programs, activities, events, and opportunities are also widely available and commonly pursued at NC State. Programs include a variety of competitions, laboratories, and more for students to excel in their fields before they even graduate. Overall, there is a 94% retention rate, as well as a 57% graduation rate for four years and an 83% six-year rate of graduation. While the retention rate is quite positive, students should prepare for the fact they may not be able to graduate in four years without a solid academic strategy.

Student Population Total

Student Population 35,479

Evening Classes : No
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 1,638 Total Graduates / 28%
Textile Sciences and Engineering 256 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 230 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 200 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 151 Graduates
Computer Engineering, General 151 Graduates
All Business Majors 914 Total Graduates / 15%
Business Administration and Management, General 675 Graduates
Accounting 153 Graduates
Business/Managerial Economics 86 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 531 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 305 Graduates
Biochemistry 69 Graduates
Zoology/Animal Biology 57 Graduates
Microbiology, General 39 Graduates
Genetics, General 33 Graduates
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 427 Total Graduates / 7%
Animal Sciences, General 169 Graduates
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 106 Graduates
Agriculture, General 33 Graduates
Food Science 20 Graduates
Poultry Science 26 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 239 Total Graduates / 4%
Political Science and Government, General 126 Graduates
Sociology 44 Graduates
Criminology 38 Graduates
Anthropology 31 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 239 Total Graduates / 4%
Computer Science 239 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 33%

Outcome & Salary

A student career center is available to all students to help with job placement upon graduation. It is highly common for NC State students to begin seeking employment six months prior to graduation. Nearly half of all graduates plan to remain in North Carolina. For many of the students who do not have full-time jobs at the time of graduation, they will go on to advanced degree programs, such as doctoral studies or master’s degrees.

As a way to assist with career development, NC State offers a variety of solutions including career coaching, career resources, and career events. The school also offers an online community for employers seeking NC State graduates and students to connect. And there is an extensive alumni connection directory to assist with jobs and careers.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $57,300
College Grads Average Salary $72,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $106,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $720,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,785,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $59,084
10 Year Projected ROI $660,916
20 Year Projected ROI $1,725,916
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840