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Rankings and Facts

NC State is a top public research university that produces career-ready graduates, attracts leading researchers and supports the state and national economies. We think and do — and the world takes notice.

Essential Facts

NC State is a public land-grant university based in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. As a Research I university, NC State is a key part of the Research Triangle region, which is home to industry leaders such as NC State partners SAS, Cisco, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Lenovo. Raleigh and the surrounding area are consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States, and NC State is a driving force for the local, state and national economies.

  • 36,000+ students, 2,200+ faculty and 6,600+ staff
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • Student-faculty ratio 14:1
  • 12 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through 65 departments
  • NC State Extension serves citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • $1.4 billion endowment, among the top 90 largest higher-education endowments in the country
  • $1.657 billion budget for fiscal year 2018

#1 Best Public College for Your Money in North Carolina



  • #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)
  • #7 online graduate engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #7 online MBA nationally (Princeton Review)
  • #8 in MBA programs with the best return on investment (Poets & Quants)
  • #10 in undergraduate entrepreneurship nationally (Princeton Review and Entrepreneur)
  • #12 graduate engineering program among public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #15 nationally in online graduate computer and information technology programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #16 graduate statistics program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #17 green college nationally (Princeton Review)
  • Among the top 0.9% of universities worldwide (Center for World University Rankings)

#4 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report

Student and Faculty Success

  • Recent first-year 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

Partnerships and Research

  • $373 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2019
  • No. 4 in the nation for the share of our research sponsored by private industry, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • One of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers:
  • The first North American location for an IBM Q Hub, a collaborative effort to advance quantum computing
  • Leading three federally funded collaborative institutes tackling some of our world’s biggest challenges:
  • A partner in seven of the 14 public-private institutes that make up Manufacturing USA, a federal initiative to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing industry
  • Home to The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, one of eight such centers in the United States

$373M in New Sponsored Research in FY19

Office of Research and Innovation

Centennial Campus

#2 for Research Commercialization

among universities without a medical school

Economic Impact

  • 170+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.7 billion in venture capital
  • #2 nationwide in licenses and options executed among universities without a medical school; #4 for startups launched
  • 1,500+ patents issued in the U.S., yielding 600+ consumer products
  • The Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) matches NC State alumni investors with promising university-affiliated startups to facilitate mentoring, support and angel investments for entrepreneurial businesses. WIN currently has 150 members, and WIN members have invested more than $10 million in 18 NC State startups.
  • The Milken Institute, an economic think tank, cited the collaboration and innovation fostered by NC State — and particularly by Centennial Campus — as key reasons why Raleigh is the one of the top 11 best-performing large cities in the United States.
  • NC State and its students, alumni and associated startups generate $6.5 billion of North Carolina income annually.

170+ Startups and Spinoffs

Office of Research and Innovation


  • NC State has more than 250,000 living alumni, approximately 160,000 of whom live in North Carolina.
  • The NC State Alumni Association has more than 23,000 dues-paying members, including about 3,000 members of the Student-Alumni Association.
  • Wolfpack alumni stay in touch via more than 50 regional networks around the United States.

#6 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report

Philanthropy and Giving

  • Supporters contributed $220 million in new gifts and pledges to NC State in FY19.
  • The year’s total continues the momentum of the previous two fiscal years, when NC State recorded giving of $224 million (2016-17) and $215.4 million (2017-18).
  • 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 surpassed its $1.6 billion goal.
  • To date, donors have created some 2,100 new funds and 636 new scholarships and fellowships through the campaign.
  • Of the 234 endowed faculty positions at NC State, 89 have been created during this campaign.

$215.4M in Private Support in FY18

Recent Accolades

  • 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.

Last updated on June. 2, 2020