Solution Driven

NC State is one of the nation’s preeminent research institutions, attracting top faculty and students from around the world. Fueled by strong partnerships in both the public and private sectors, NC State’s culture of collaboration inspires faculty and students to confront society’s toughest challenges. For students, every day brings new opportunities to put learning into action and to master the skills they’ll need to succeed in life. The result is a vibrant community, creating economic, societal and intellectual prosperity.

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Academic Excellence

At the core of NC State’s success is its focus on academic excellence. The quality of NC State’s students, faculty and staff is exceptional, making the university a national leader in teaching, research and outreach that makes a difference.

  • Our graduates leave ready to succeed in the workforce – the Wall Street Journal names NC State graduates in the top 20 most desired by recruiters
  • 21 faculty are members of the prestigious National Academies
  • Third-ranked veterinary school
  • 100+ student national scholars and fellows over the last five years, including three Goldwater Scholars, a Udall Scholar and 17 National Science Foundation graduate research fellows in 2014.

A Recognized Leader in Higher Education

NC State is one of the nation’s leading universities, recognized for the strength of its scholarship, research and service. Some examples include:

  • A top-20 “up-and-comer” among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • 31st among public American research universities (Lombardi Rankings, 2011)
  • 26th among public universities in total research expenditures (Lombardi Rankings, 2011)
  • Thermal protection lab named one of the 10 most awesome college labs (Popular Science, 2013)
  • 11th best college health service (Princeton Review, 2013)
  • 17th best college newspaper (Princeton Review, 2013)
  • 5th in undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • 6th in undergraduate operations/supply chain management (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013)
  • 10 graduate programs among the top 30 nationally (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 8th in graduate nuclear engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 10th in graduate biological and agricultural engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 7th in online graduate degree programs in engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • 9th in online graduate degree programs in computer information technology (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • Jenkins Professional MBA among the top 20 nationally (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013)

A Great Value

The value of an NC State education sets us apart from other universities. We are consistently recognized as a best value for our combination of outstanding academic quality and affordability.

  • 4th among national universities helping low- and middle-income students attain marketable degrees at an affordable price (Washington Monthly, 2013)
  • 4th best overall public university value (Princeton Review, 2014)
  • 5th best overall public university value (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • Highest starting salaries for graduates among 16 North Carolina colleges and universities (Online College Database, 2013)
  • 3rd  in return on investment among North Carolina colleges and universities (Affordable Colleges Online, 2013)

A Powerhouse for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact

As a major public research university, NC State has the expertise to advance practical knowledge, transfer technology to the private sector and find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our high level of research support attracts top faculty and creates meaningful learning opportunities for students. That support also attracts industry partners and results in tremendous economic benefit for North Carolina.

  • In FY2012, we expended $404 million in research activities, placing NC State among the most productive research universities
  • The only university in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, and one of only three universities to ever house three ERCs
  • Generate $1.7 billion statewide in direct annual economic impact
  • More than 800 U.S. patents, and more than 1,500 worldwide, yielding more than 400 consumer products
  • In the top 15 nationally with more than 800 license agreements with industry partners
  • 100+ spin-off companies — eight in the last year alone — creating thousands of new jobs in North Carolina and across the nation
  • Venture capital topping $1.5 billion
  • Home to Centennial Campus, a national model for successful public-private research parks
  • Extension offices in all 100 counties and in the territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, delivering research-based services to all areas of the state

Winning in Competition and in the Classroom

NC State is experiencing a transformation of its athletics program, achieving new levels of success in competition and in the classroom.

  • One of five schools nationally to have its football team play in a bowl game, its men's basketball team reach the NCAA tournament and its baseball team advance to the College World Series
  • Six teams finished the 2011-2012 season ranked in the national top 25: men’s cross-country, baseball, gymnastics, men’s basketball, women’s cross-country and women's golf
  • Ranked 34th in the national Director's Cup competitive standings, up 55 spots from 2010.
  • A record 381 student-athletes were named NC State scholar athletes; 186 student-athletes were NC State Dean’s List honorees
  • A record 10 student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans
  • A record 69 student-athletes were named to conference all-academic teams
  • Three NC State student-athletes were awarded ACC post-graduate scholarships in 2013 – the highest number of honorees among all ACC schools

Amazing Alumni

Alumni may leave NC State, but NC State never leaves them. They carry NC State’s mission of education, research and outreach to every field of inquiry and every corner of the globe.

  • More than 195,000 living alumni; 120,000 in North Carolina
  • Alumni account for $5.6 billion of income in North Carolina annually (2008)
  • 64 NC State graduates have gone on to become generals and flag officers
  • Our transformational alumni include a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and leaders in business, technology, politics, education and a range of other fields

Recent Accolades & Achievements

  • NC State has been awarded a five-year, $25 million federal grant to lead a research consortium to combat the spread of nuclear weapons.
  • Robert Evans, head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has been named to the International Drainage Hall of Fame.
  • Warren J. Jasper, program director in textile engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Engineering Education.
  • Wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski capped a record-breaking season to win the title match of the 285-pound division in the NCAA wrestling championship.
  • NC State's graduate programs are rising in reputation. In this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings, the College of Education rose 28 spots and the Jenkins MBA rose 23 spots.
  • In a meeting at the White House, Chancellor Randy Woodson unveiled the College Pipeline Initiative, a plan to help low-income students enroll and succeed in college.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has selected NC State to lead the $140 million Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected NC State to lead the Southeast Regional Climate Hub.
  • Ruben Carbonell, professor of chemical engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • The NC State grounds management division earned a 2013 Green Star Honor Award in the residential landscape category from the Professional Grounds Management Society.
  • NC State startup Tethis was one of five finalists to win $20,000 in cash and services in the Southeast finals of the Cleantech Open Accelerator in Washington D.C.
  • Greg Sawicki, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project analyzing robotic devices for stroke patients.
  • Owen Duckworth, associate professor of soil science, has received a five-year, $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study the structure, reactivity and biological diversity of iron oxide deposits present in rivers, lakes and springs.
  • NC State’s master of public administration program received the 2013 NASPAA Diversity Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration for promoting and supporting diversity in research, teaching and service.
  • Orlando Rojas, associate professor of forest biomaterials, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society in recognition of his contributions to the sciences and profession.
  • Popular Science named NC State's Textile Protection and Comfort Lab as one of the 10 most awesome college labs for 2013.
  • The Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, or AASAP, topped the nation for its work on NC State’s 125th anniversary homecoming.
  • In the fall of 2013 NC State welcomed its most academically strong freshman class ever, with a weighted high school grade point average of 4.43
  • Completed the best fundraising year in university history, raising more than $198 million, including a $10 million gift naming the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science 
  • Announced a new, $18 million NSF Engineering Research Center that will make self-powered health monitoring devices
  • Entered into a six-year, $10 million agreement with Eastman Chemical Company to conduct cutting-edge research in chemistry, materials science and other scientific disciplines

Updated June 30, 2014.