Engagement that makes a difference

North Carolina State University is one of 81 "Colleges with a Conscience." Princeton Review said, "Education at these schools isn't only about private gain - it's about the public good."

Princeton Review

Wake County high school students Jonathan Butler and Khaled Amra check voltage readings from a circuit board project at The Science House. 

At NC State, university engagement and economic development mean partnerships that leverage the resources of the academic community to meet the needs of the state, to result in a better quality of life, and to create and strengthen jobs, businesses, and industries.

Engagement broadens students’ education experience, strengthens faculty, and makes a direct, positive impact on the people, businesses, and communities in North Carolina. For instance, the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences’ outreach program, The Science House , partners with K-12 teachers to increase the use of hands-on learning activities in math and science. A national model, the Science House reaches more than 28,000 students and 3,500 teachers across North Carolina annually.

NC State’s Centennial Campus is also testament to the university’s commitment to engagement and partnership. More than 1,600 corporate and government employees work alongside a thousand-plus faculty, staff, post-docs, and students. Major partners include Red Hat, the Iams Company, Ericsson IPI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, GlaxoSmithKline, MeadWestVaco, and Plexus Technology Group.

These partnerships allow corporate and government entities to tap into NC State’s strengths in cutting-edge research and client-driven training programs across multidisciplinary fields such as information and communications technologies, bioscience and biotechnology, advanced materials, and education.

Engaging Society

Connecting students to research as well as societal issues is a key component of an NC State education. Students work with youth advocacy programs, travel to other countries—like tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka—as well as take on undergraduate research projects. Creating innovative real-time information on ocean and weather conditions, mapping the state’s regional dialects then teaching middle school students pilot courses in linguistics are just a couple examples of innovative undergraduate research done by NC State students.