Essential Facts and Figures

  • 35,479 students, 2,201 faculty and 6,547 staff
  • Student-faculty ratio 13:1
  • 10 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • 700+ student organizations
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • $1.657 billion budget for fiscal year 2018
  • $334 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2018
  • $1.3 billion endowment
  • NC State Extension provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

#1 Best College in North Carolina

Ranked Among the Best

  • #1 best college in North Carolina (Money)
  • #4 veterinary medicine program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #6 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #6 nationally in online graduate computer and IT programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #7 best value for out-of-state students among public universities (Kiplinger’s)
  • #8 in MBA programs with the best return on investment (Poets & Quants)
  • #8 online graduate engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #9 best value for in-state students among public universities (Kiplinger’s)
  • #11 in undergraduate entrepreneurship nationally (Princeton Review and Entrepreneur)
  • #11 online MBA nationally (Princeton Review)
  • #12 graduate engineering program among public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #15 online graduate program in education nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #16 graduate statistics program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #19 best undergraduate program for entrepreneurship (Princeton Review)

#4 College of Veterinary Medicine in the nation

Academic Excellence: Brightest Students, Best Faculty

  • Recent freshman classes boast the highest ACT and SAT scores in university history.
  • More than 100 of our students were national scholars and fellows over the past five years.
  • NC State students won a Goldwater Scholarship, a Marshall Scholarship, a Truman Scholarship, a Udall Scholarship, a Fulbright grant and 24 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program groups world-leading educators and researchers into 20 interdisciplinary clusters, including bioinformatics, precision medicine and public science.
  • NC State ranks #3 among national research universities in producing Fulbright Scholars.
  • Twenty-three of our faculty are members of the National Academies.

#8 MBA Programin return on investment

Driving Economic Prosperity

  • 125+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.6 billion in venture capital
  • #6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research; #2 among universities without a medical school
  • 1,000+ patents issued in the U.S. and nearly 2,000 patents issued worldwide, yielding 550+ consumer products
  • NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions helps the state’s small manufacturers boost efficiencies, creating an average economic benefit of $149 million per year since 2005
  • NC State and its students, alumni and associated startups generate $6.5 billion of North Carolina income annually

125+ Startups and Spinoffsbased on NC State research

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A National Leader in Attracting Sponsored Research

  • One of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers:
  • NC State leads three federally funded collaborative institutes tackling some of our world’s biggest challenges:
  • Manufacturing USA, a federal initiative to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing industry, has selected NC State to be a partner in seven of its 14 public-private institutes — the most of any university in the country.

$334M in New Sponsored Researchin FY 2018

Interdisciplinary Partnerships That Make a Difference

  • NC State is ranked No. 4 in the nation for the share of our research that’s sponsored by private industry, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
  • Eastman Chemical, LexisNexis and ABB are among our on-campus partners benefiting from next-door proximity to NC State faculty, staff and students.
  • NC State Entrepreneurship, our Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and our Nonwovens Institute combine academic scholarship with real-world experience to create knowledge, teach students and benefit partners.
  • NC State’s expertise in clean energy, biomanufacturing and nonwoven textiles stimulates formation of industry clusters, drawing companies and jobs to North Carolina.

#2 in Commercialization of Researchamong universities without a medical school

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#6 Best Valueamong U.S. public universities

Rising Levels of External Support

  • Supporters contributed $215.4 million in gifts and new commitments to NC State in FY18, second only to FY17.
  • NC State garnered $165.1 million in cash gifts in FY18, the highest total we’ve ever received.
  • The Golden LEAF Foundation invested $45 million in the Plant Sciences Initiative of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • An anonymous couple made a $4.5 million bequest to the College of Sciences to benefit students and faculty in applied mathematics.
  • Alumna Kady Gjessing donated $3.7 million (including a $1.5 million match from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation) to create the Dr. Kady M. Gjessing and Rahna M. Davidson Distinguished Chair in Gerontology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of NC State, has raised 84 percent of its $1.6 billion goal.

$215.4M in Private Supportin FY18

Recent Accolades and Achievements

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in Probiotics Research, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Barrangou was also elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • The National Science Foundation presented its prestigious Early Career Award to six NC State researchers in fields spanning civil, construction and environmental engineering; computer science; mathematics; mechanical and aerospace engineering; physics; and statistics.
  • The Fulbright Scholar Program honored NC State researchers with eight scholar awards, a specialist award and a distinguished chair award.
  • The NCSU Libraries won the 2018 Library of the Future Award from the American Library Association.
  • Electrical engineering and biomedical engineering double major Ziad Ali and aerospace engineering major Madison Maloney both received Astronaut Scholarships, awarded to top students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Aerospace engineering major Madison Maloney won a Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers.
  • Chemical and biomolecular engineering major Kobi Felton was one of only 43 students nationwide to win a Marshall Scholarship, awarded to outstanding American undergraduates who want to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Felton will use the scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in nanomaterials at Imperial College London.
  • Mathematics education and mathematics double major Ashley Lawson won a Truman Scholarship, awarded to students who want to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. Lawson will use the scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in public administration and development sociology so she can become a leader in empowering rural students.
  • Mathematics and German studies double major Meredith Bain won a Udall Scholarship, awarded to Native Americans and Alaska Natives committed to issues related to health care and tribal public policy and to students committed to issues related to the environment.
  • Wrestler Mike Macchiavello won the national championship in the 197-pound weight class. In addition, NC State finished the NCAA Wrestling Championships tied for fourth place, the highest team finish in school history.
  • The Wolfpack men’s and women’s swimming teams both won ACC championships for the first time in the same year since 1980.
  • The women’s cross-country team won a league title, their 22nd in school history.
  • Both women’s cross-country coach Laurie Henes and women’s basketball coach Wes Moore were named ACC Coach of the Year in their sports.
  • NC State’s student-athletes excelled in the classroom as well, posting the athletics department’s highest-ever federal graduation rate and graduation success rate.
  • The athletics program ranked 15th in the national Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup competitive standings for 2017-2018 — the program’s highest finish since the competition was launched in 1993.

Updated March 21, 2019.