Discovery begins at NC State

Since the day of its creation – March 7, 1887 – NC State has been moving forward.

It moved forward in 1889, when the first class of 72 students enrolled. A clear mission propelled the land-grant college: to open the doors of higher education to all of North Carolina, and to transform the state by developing and dispersing an understanding of agricultural and mechanical sciences.

And NC State still moves forward today. With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.

NC State students, faculty and staff are focused. As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, NC State is committed to playing an active and vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world.

How? Researchers across the university and Centennial Campus are deeply engaged in making new, application-driven discoveries. As a major research university, NC State has the people —from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty — and the responsibility to advance knowledge, transfer technology, and discover and develop innovations that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

And we are. NC State’s research expenditures are approaching more than $404 million annually, with almost 70 percent of faculty engaged in sponsored research and 2,500 graduate students supported by research grants. NC State is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a joint effort with NC A&T State University, puts knowledge to work, providing unbiased, research-based information to more than 2.2 million citizens throughout the state each year. And when the Industrial Extension Service knocks on the door of a business, they are warmly greeted. Over the past five years, the group has returned nearly $540 million in direct annual gain to the state by helping businesses increase efficiency, productivity and quality through the use of the latest technologies and best practices in engineering and business management.

NC State’s Centennial Campus is a unique community of collaboration. Industry and government partners work alongside faculty, staff, post-docs and students conducting cutting-edge research in state-of-the art facilities. Home to more than 130 corporate and government research partners, as well as incubator companies, and NC State University research units, Centennial Campus is the premier university research campus in the country.

Calling NC State and Raleigh home

Consistently ranked among the nation's top 50 public universities and ranked by Princeton Review as a best value for students, NC State is a place where students can fit in — and dig in. Beginning their freshmen year, NC State students start work on their major right away — whether it’s conducting research alongside faculty or starting a challenging co-op or internship. While the student population is large, you won’t get lost in the crowd. Faculty and staff are accessible, friendly and helpful; large classes are always paired with smaller discussion sections or labs.

Many students and faculty from around the globe call Raleigh home. And it's no wonder why. Raleigh, the state’s capital city, has recently been ranked the best city to live in the United States. The Research Triangle region surrounds the NC State campus where many of the country’s leading, Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies are located.

Colleges of NC State

NC State University consists of 10 schools and colleges: College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCollege of Design, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Poole College of Management, College of Natural Resources, College of Sciences, College of Textiles, College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the First Year College and Graduate School.