About NC State

At NC State, ideas become solutions. We unite bold thought with purposeful action and use the results to solve society’s grand challenges.

NC State: Think and Do

As a land-grant institution, NC State itself was born as an idea: that higher education should bring economic, societal and intellectual prosperity to the masses. From our origins teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts, we’ve grown to become a pre-eminent research enterprise that advances knowledge in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine.

Our students, faculty and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government and nonprofit partners to solve them. Our 34,000-plus high-performing students apply what they learn in the real world, through research, internships, co-ops and world-changing service. That experiential education ensures they leave here with career-ready skills. And those skills come at a reasonable cost: NC State consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education.

Beautiful Solutions, Powerful Partnerships

Our 8,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and making discoveries with practical applications. As a major research university, NC State advances knowledge, and our innovations solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

We put the results of faculty and student research to work in the real world. NC State research has launched more than 100 startup companies, and those companies have created more than 7,100 jobs and raised $1.5 billion in venture capital.

NC State is a leader in forging powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to solve global problems. We’re leading public-private efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change, make a smarter electric grid, create self-powered health monitors and build a new American manufacturing sector.

The hub for that partnership activity is Centennial Campus, the innovative research park where more than 70 partners work side by side with our world-leading faculty and world-class students. Centennial Campus is also home to the immersive Hunt Library, dubbed “the library of the future” by Time magazine.

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is more than the 21st-century face of NC State. It's a place where ideas become reality and bold ambition forges beautiful solutions to global challenges.

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the fastest-rising cities in America. Rated the best city for business and careers by Forbes magazine, Raleigh is a top spot for young professionals and families, with a downtown that offers vibrant food and music scenes. The area’s foremost companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute and Lenovo — are some of the country’s top employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 125 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding idea a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates, internationally renowned faculty and problem-solving research take the fruits of higher education into the state, nation and world.