Outreach

As a land-grant university, NC State has always been devoted to the betterment of our state, our nation and our world. Through a wealth of outreach programs, we strive to create prosperity in North Carolina and beyond.

Growing the Economy

At NC State, education is inseparable from economic growth. Our mission isn’t just to teach students; it’s to train tomorrow’s workforce. So we encourage them to tackle tomorrow’s challenges, gaining the skills they need through practical degree programs, cooperative learning and on-the-job training.

On our Centennial Campus, we work with more than 60 public and private partners to kick-start the local and national economies. The many initiatives and centers we host serve as hothouses for industries of the future.

If we can’t find the business we need to work with, we start it. Our research has launched more than 100 companies, creating 400+ new consumer products and thousands of jobs throughout the state and across the country.

A young NC State STEM student stands in the foreground with a researcher in a lab coat behind her.

$7.3 Billion in Statewide Impact Annually

NC State and its alumni are helping to build North Carolina's economy each year.

Learn more about our economic impact. 

Serving the Community

NC State research doesn’t go on a shelf. It goes wherever it’s needed.

Our students, faculty and partners apply their learning to meet global challenges and improve everyone’s quality of life — whether that means promoting science and technology education in a Raleigh high school or starting a sustainable sanitary pad business in Kigali, Rwanda.

NC State students are volunteers, activists and leaders. Through the Alternative Service Break program, they marshal their talents to tackle everything from GLBT homelessness to Guatemalan health care.

A truck full of NC State service students from CSLEPS drives down a road in Belize.

Sharing Our Knowledge

NC State has never been an ivory tower. Our land-grant roots inspire us to deliver workable solutions for the real world.

The Office of Outreach and Engagement ensures there’s a two-way conduit between the abundant resources of NC State and the people, businesses and communities we serve and strengthen. Our Industrial Extension Service helps small and large government agencies and businesses solve problems every day.

For more than a century, we’ve also spread our knowledge statewide through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, putting technology and tools in the hands of millions of citizens each year.