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Rankings and Honors

NC State is a leading research enterprise, attracting top faculty and students from around the world. Together, we think and do — and the world is taking notice.

Essential Facts and Figures

  • 35,479 students, 2,201 faculty and 6,547 staff
  • Student-faculty ratio 14:1
  • 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 Public College for Your Money in North Carolina


Ranked Among the Best

  • #1 best public 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)
  • #9 online MBA nationally (Princeton Review)
  • #11 in undergraduate entrepreneurship nationally (Princeton Review and Entrepreneur)
  • #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)

#4 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report

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 four Goldwater Scholarships and 14 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2018-2019 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 Program for Return on Investment

Poets & Quants

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 Spinoffs

Office of Research and Innovation

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 Research in FY18

Office of Research and Innovation

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 for Research Commercialization Among Universities Without a Medical School

Association of University Technology Managers

NC State's Centennial Campus

#6 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report

Rising Levels of External Support

  • Supporters contributed $215.4 million in gifts and new commitments to NC State in FY18 — our second consecutive year to raise more than $200 million.
  • NC State garnered $165.1 million in cash gifts in FY18, the highest total we’ve ever received.
  • Alumnus Frederick Eugene Wilson Jr. and the Wilson family gave the transformational gift of $28 million to name the Wilson College of Textiles in perpetuity.
  • Alumni Edward P. Fitts Jr. and Edgar S. Woolard jointly gave a $25 million gift allowing the university to break ground on Fitts-Woolard Hall, which will house programs and facilities of the College of Engineering.
  • A group of generous supporters of NC State athletics made a $5 million pledge to name the James T. Valvano Arena in Reynolds Coliseum.
  • The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of NC State, has raised 93 percent of its $1.6 billion goal.

$215.4M in Private Support in FY18

Recent Accolades and Achievements

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, was elected into the National Academy of Engineering.
  • The National Science Foundation presented its prestigious Early Career Award to nine NC State researchers in fields spanning biomedical engineering; chemistry; educational psychology; electrical and computer engineering; mathematics; mechanical and aerospace engineering; plant and microbial biology; and sustainability science and engineering.
  • The Fulbright Scholar Program honored NC State researchers with eight scholar awards.
  • The National Science Foundation awarded its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship to 14 NC State students this year. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • All four of NC State’s nominees for a Goldwater Scholarship — presented to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers — won the prestigious award: materials science and engineering major Neil Baugh, statistics major Rachel Chen, genetics and computer science double major Nikhil Milind and physics and computer science double major Ana Sofia Uzsoy.
  • 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 Sept. 18, 2019.