NC State University at a Glance

Students enjoying a grassy area near Harrelson Hall.


  • Largest four-year institution in North Carolina
  • Largest number of applications from North Carolina students
  • 34,009 students from all 100 North Carolina counties, 52 states and territories and 119 foreign countries (24,536 undergraduates; 9,473 graduate and professional)
  • 5,468 undergraduate and 2,895 graduate degrees awarded in 2012-13
  • Bachelor’s degrees in 110+ fields; master’s in 110+ fields; doctorates in 61 fields; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • 100+ national scholars and fellows in past five years

Faculty and Staff

  • 2,312 teaching, research and extension faculty
  • 21 members of the National Academies
  • 7th among 16 peers in NSF CAREER faculty awards over last four years
  • 6,583 administrative and support staff



  • A top-10 “up-and-comer” among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • 3rd in graduate veterinary medicine (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • 4th best value among public U.S. universities (Princeton Review, 2014)
  • 5th best value among public U.S. universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • 8th in graduate nuclear engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 5th in undergraduate biological and agricultural engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • 6th in undergraduate operations/supply chain management (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013)
  • 10th in graduate biological and agricultural engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 7th in online graduate engineering (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • 9th in online graduate computer information technology (U.S. News & World Report, 2013)
  • 10 graduate programs among the top 30 nationally (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
  • 20th in professional MBA programs (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013)
  • 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)

Extension, Engagement & Economic Development

  • Economic impact on the state of North Carolina of about $1.7 billion annually
  • 687 employees stationed in all 100 counties and the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Three off-campus regional research and extension centers, 10 field laboratories and 18 shared research stations

Financials & Private Support

  • Total budget, 2012-13: $1.35 billion (35.3% from state appropriations and 18.7% from tuition)
  • Total endowment: $769 million (as of June 30, 2013)


  • $404 million in total research expenditures in 2012
  • 8th in industry research funding among universities without medical schools (National Science Foundation, 2009)
  • More than 70% of faculty engaged in sponsored research
  • More than 2,900 graduate students supported on research and teaching appointments
  • 57 multidisciplinary centers and institutes

Technology transfer

  • 400 products available to consumers
  • More than 800 U.S. patents held
  • 100+ startup companies representing more than $1.5 billion in venture capital investment and thousands of jobs in North Carolina
  • 3rd in number of partnerships per $100 million in research expenditures (Association of University Technology Managers)
  • 18th in active licenses per $100 million in research expenditures (Association of University Technology Managers)

Centennial Campus

  • National model for government, business and university partnerships and mixed-use environments
  • Includes 1,075-acre Centennial Campus and the 152-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus
  • Houses Colleges of Textiles, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Graduate School
  • Technology Incubator and Office of Technology Transfer help entrepreneurs and faculty commercialize products and processes
  • More than 65 corporate, nonprofit and government partners and 2,500+ employees
  • Home to the 600-student Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School and the William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation


  • NCAA Division I university
  • Member of Atlantic Coast Conference
  • 23 sports represented at NC State


  • More than 200,000 living NC State alumni
  • 120,000 alumni living in North Carolina
  • Alumni account for $5.6 billion of income in North Carolina (2008)