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Pride Points

NC State is a pre-eminent research institution, attracting top faculty and students from around the world. Together with our public-private partners, we confront society’s toughest challenges — and take pride in our triumphs.

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.
  • We have 21 faculty members who are members of the prestigious National Academies.
  • Our College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked third in the nation.
  • We’ve produced 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.
#4 Best Value Among Public Universities

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:

  • 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)
$300+ Million in New Sponsored Research Awards

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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.

  • 7th among national universities helping low- and middle-income students attain marketable degrees at an affordable price (Washington Monthly, 2014)
  • 4th best overall public university value (Princeton Review, 2014)
  • 8th best overall public university value (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • 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)
#1 Return on Investment Among North Carolina Public Universities

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.

  • Expended $417 million in research activities in FY2013, 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 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
Top 15 in Commercialization With 800+ Industry Agreements

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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 four schools nationally to have a student-athlete drafted by the NFL, NBA, MLB, WNBA and MLS
  • Wrestler Nick Gwiazdowski capped a record-breaking 2014 season with an NCAA wrestling championship in the 285-pound weight class
  • Ranked 41st in the national Director’s Cup competitive standings
  • A total of 334 student-athletes were named NC State scholar athletes; 180 student-athletes were NC State Dean’s List honorees
  • Four NC State student-athletes were awarded ACC postgraduate scholarships in 2014
#3 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

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 all fields 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 in the U.S. armed forces
  • 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
#6 Undergraduate Supply Chain Program in the Nation

Recent Accolades and 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.
  • 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 Center as one of the 10 most awesome college labs for 2013.
  • The Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program 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.
  • 2013 was the best fundraising year in NC State history: The university raised more than $198 million, including a $10 million gift naming the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science.
  • An $18 million NSF Engineering Research Center is developing self-powered health monitoring devices.
  • The university recently signed a six-year, $10 million agreement with Eastman Chemical Company to conduct cutting-edge research in chemistry, materials science and other scientific disciplines.

Updated Aug. 15, 2014.