See what students say:


The “largest and most diverse” of North Carolina’s public university system, NC State provides undergrads with a “high level education” and “great value.” The campus rings with a “welcoming, down-to-earth” vibe and “Wolfpack pride” is certainly infectious. Moreover, the university maintains “opportunities to fit every single type of person no matter their interest.” Academically, NC State is home to a stellar engineering school that students contend is “the best engineering program in the state of North Carolina.” It offers “world-renowned faculty who conduct innovative and cutting edge research in a plethora of scientific fields.” Undergrads also like to emphasize the “exceptionally rigorous” design program which is “small and personal.” And we’d certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention the “fantastic business school” and “great entrepreneurship program” it has developed. Inside the classroom, students find their professors to be “very enthusiastic about what they teach” and appreciate that they truly “challenge you to think.” As one satisfied junior adds, “My professors are extremely knowledgeable about the course material and bring in practical demonstrations to bring the lecture to life.” And just as important, “professors love to discuss future professional development plans with undergraduate students.” All in all, it’s highly evident that “professors and TAs here love their jobs.” Simply put, “they want you to succeed.”

Student Body

When you first step onto the campus of NC State, “first impressions might make it seem like everyone there is a sorority girl or a frat guy who all wear cowboy boots and come from rural NC.” However, “if you look closely [you’ll see a] very diverse campus with lots of opportunities.” Indeed, you’ll find a range from “hipster to farm boy” and everything in between. Of course, no matter the easy or convenient characterization, most undergrads agree that their peers are “welcoming” and “friendly.” Students tell us that “fitting in is super easy and getting involved with any of the many programs on campus help[s] with meeting new people and making friends!” And while most students are “devoted to academics,” they all still manage to “go out and have fun.” Additionally, undergrads say their peers “are service oriented and always think of creative ways to give back.” Finally, as one junior reveals, “NCSU is huge, so every person can find a spot—and when you do, you find a family. To me, it doesn’t feel like a large school. I see someone I know walking on campus every day. I don’t know anyone, particularly those that began their education living on campus, that hasn’t found their niche.”

Campus Life

Students proffer that NC State’s campus is always abuzz with activity. As one excited senior quickly shares, “There’s always something to do for fun—spanking the UNC Tarheels at football, painting the Free Expression Tunnel, stalking American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, and people-watching at the State Fair are just a few examples.” Athletics are extremely popular here and it often feels as though “basketball games and football games are almost required [viewing].” And, naturally, these contests are accompanied by “a large tailgate culture.” Additionally, the university “sponsors many different programs, ranging from concerts to a movie at the campus cinema every weekend.” And there are “quite a few service and community oriented activities that go on around campus, such as Shack-AThon for Habitat for Humanity and the Krispy Kreme Challenge for children’s hospitals.” Students also love to take advantage of the surrounding area. As one freshman tells us, “Hillsborough Street has a lot of fun restaurants to go to when we want to go out and do things. Also, there [are] lots of [places] to go to the movies and shop right outside of campus.” Indeed, the “Raleigh-area is full of things to do from concerts, bars, shows, restaurants, museums, malls, etc.” As another freshman sums up life at NC State, “The problem isn’t finding something to do, it is finding time to do it all [while] manag[ing] to stay on task and put aside time to study.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Stacy Fair
Director of Parents, Families & Visitor Services

NC State University
Campus Box 7404
Raleigh, NC 27295



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hunt Library
Gregg Museum of Art and Design
Carter Finley Stadium / PNC Center
Talley Student Union
University Theatre

Most Popular Places Off Campus
NC Museum of Natural Science
NC State Capitol
Crabtree Valley Mall and many more malls
NC Museum of Art
Progress Center for Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:00 to 4:30

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies, check website

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
cars, shuttle buses, buses, train, airplanes Raleigh-Durham Airport is approximately 8 miles away from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
See https://admissions.ncsu.edu/visit/schedule-your-visit/#parking-and-directions

Local Accommodations


Applicants: 30,193
Acceptance Rate: 47%
Average HS GPA: 3.76



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