NC State Among the Best

Whether it’s Times Higher Education naming the university one of the best in the U.S. for graduate employability or Kiplinger listing us as a top value for both in- and out-of-state students, NC State is regularly ranked among the nation’s top public universities.

This page provides rankings from leading publications and sources that recognize NC State’s outstanding academic quality, affordable tuition rates, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, financial aid and four-and-six year graduation rates.

Princeton Review and USA Today, 2014

  • 4th in Best Overall Public University Value

Kiplinger, 2016

  • 18th in Best Value for In-State Students Among Public Colleges
  • 9th in Best Value for Out-of-State Students Among Public Colleges

Times Higher Education, 2016

  • 16th in Top Universities in the U.S. for Graduate Employability

Center for World University Rankings, 2017

  • 116th among global institutions with the most top-ten placements
  • 5th globally in Entomology
  • 7th globally in Materials Science, Textiles
  • 8th globally in Agricultural Economics and Policy

U.S. News & World Report — Overall, 2017 

  • 92nd among National Universities
  • 38th among Top Public Schools
  • 62nd among Best Value Schools
  • 59th among Best Colleges for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report — Undergraduate, 2017

  • 32nd in Best Engineering Programs
  • 10th in Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 16th in Chemical Engineering
  • 14th in Civil Engineering
  • 11th in Environmental/Environmental Health
  • 14th in Industrial/Manufacturing
  • 16th in Materials Engineering

U.S. News & World Report — Graduate, 2017

  • 75th in Biological Sciences
  • 57th in Business Schools
  • 56th in Chemistry
  • 48th in Computer Science
  • 60th in Earth Sciences
  • 55th in Economics
  • 55th in Education
  • 25th in Engineering
  • 31st in Aerospace Engineering/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering
  • 10th in Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 21st in Chemical Engineering
  • 17th in Civil Engineering
  • 24th in Computer Engineering
  • 31st in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering
  • 25th in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • 15th in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
  • 17th in Materials Engineering
  • 42nd in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5th in Nuclear Engineering
  • 75th in Biological Sciences
  • 56th in Chemistry
  • 48th in Computer Science
  • 60th in Earth Sciences
  • 55th in Economics
  • 52nd in Math
  • 54th in Physics
  • 45th in Public Affairs
  • 78th in Social Work
  • 47th in Sociology
  • 15th in Statistics
  • 3rd in Veterinary Medicine

U.S. News & World Report — Online, 2017

  • 103rd in Bachelor’s Programs
  • 6th in Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • 29th in Graduate Education Programs
  • 9th in Graduate Engineering Programs
  • 18th in MBA Programs

U.S. News & World Report — Global, 2017

  • 213th in Best Universities
  • 38th in Agricultural Sciences
  • 185th in Biology and Biochemistry
  • 118th in Chemistry
  • 186th in Computer Science
  • 110th in Engineering
  • 115th in Environment/Ecology
  • 166th in Geosciences
  • 59th in Materials Science
  • 66th in Mathematics
  • 32nd in Plant and Animal Science

Milken Institute’s University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index, 2017

  • 25th nationally in patents issued
  • 9th nationally in patents issued among universities without a medical school
  • 10th nationally in licenses issued
  • 4th nationally in licenses issued among universities without a medical school
  • 18th nationally in licensing income
  • 6th nationally in licensing income among universities without a medical school
  • 21st nationally in startups formed
  • 9th nationally in startups formed among universities without a medical school

Association of University Technology Managers, 2016

  • 9th nationally in commercialization agreements
  • 2nd among universities without a medical school in licenses and options executed
  • 3rd among universities without a medical school in startup businesses launched
  • 5th among universities without a medical school in invention disclosures received
  • 8th among universities without a medical school in license income
  • 19th among universities without a medical school in U.S. patents issued
  • 13th among universities without a medical school in total patents filed

American Association of Engineering Education, 2015

  • 13th in Undergraduate Enrollment among All Engineering Colleges
  • 9th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded
  • 11th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded to African Americans
  • 17th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded to Women
  • 2nd in Chemical Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 8th in Civil Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 21st in Industrial/Manufacturing/System Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 24th in Mechanical Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 5th in Electrical Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 5th in Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded
  • 14th in Computer Science Degrees Awarded
  • 8th in Graduate Enrollment among All Engineering Colleges
  • 11th in All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of Masters Degrees Awarded
  • 13th in All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of Doctoral Degrees Awarded
  • 12th in All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of Degrees Awarded to Foreign Nationals

National Science Foundation, 2016

  • 4th in Industry Research Funding among universities without medical schools
  • 7th in Total Research Expenditures Among Public Universities Without Medical Schools
  • 14th in Total Research Expenditures in Engineering

Association of Research Libraries Membership Index, 2015

  • 35th in Public University Libraries

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016

  • 4th in Engineering undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans
  • 6th in Math and Statistics undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans
  • 7th in Agriculture undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans
  • 12th in Agriculture graduate degrees awarded to African Americans
  • 12th in Engineering graduate degrees awarded to African Americans

The Center for Measuring University Performance, 2011

(also known as the Lombardi Rankings)

  • 31st among Public American Research Universities
  • 30th in National Academy Membership among Public Universities
  • 43rd in Endowment Assets among Public Universities
  • 37th in Faculty Awards among Public Universities
  • 23rd in the Number of Awarded Doctorates among Public Universities
  • 47th in Annual Giving among Public Universities

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