Academics

At NC State, we produce more than graduates—we combine the theoretical with the practical to create innovators and leaders of tomorrow. With 12 colleges representing all major academic disciplines, a student population of more than 34,000 and nearly 2,000 faculty, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina. It is also a global center of learning for some of the most important emerging technologies and new sciences now shaping the future of our world – including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering and computer science. Our expertise in these groundbreaking areas is backed by historic strengths in agriculture, engineering, forestry, wood and paper science, textiles, veterinary medicine and design.

We also provide a high-quality education in the humanities and social sciences, education, plant and animal life sciences, management, mathematics, natural resources and all the physical, chemical, statistical and earth sciences. The breadth of our academic excellence is reflected in the strength of the NC State University library system, which receives up to 14,000 visits a day from students and faculty using the 4.3 million volumes in its five libraries. 

What sets us apart

We integrate the opportunities our world-class research programs offer students into our degree tracks and emphasize innovation and on-the-job experience. Instruction at NC State begins in the classroom, but it almost always leads into laboratories—where students work side-by-side with leading researchers in their fields—or to stages, galleries and off-campus job internships and co-ops that expose students to real-world challenges and experiences. By the time most NC State students graduate, they have not only mastered their area of expertise, they have gained valuable job experience (and often job offers) and discovered the potential for inquiry and creativity within themselves.