Rankings

Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities or one of 81 nationwide “Colleges with a Conscience,” NC State has a lot to be proud of. And Princeton Review is not alone. When it comes to recognizing 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, others agree. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked NC State University 12th and U.S. News & World Report ranked the university among the top 10 best values in public higher education.

It’s not just academic value that places NC State among the nation’s top 50 public universities. It’s a commitment to innovation that affects people’s lives in relevant and powerful ways. This page provides rankings from various sources and publications.

 

NC State University in Top Ranks of U.S. Universities

 

Princeton Review/USA Today, 2014

  • 4th in Best Overall Public University Value

Center for World-Class Universities, 2009

  • 112th in the Top 500 World Ranking

Kiplinger Magazine, 2015

  • 12th in Best Value for In-State Students Among Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report, 2016 (Best College Rankings), 2016 (Best Business Schools) and 2015 (Best Grad Schools) 

  • 89th among National Universities
  • 37th among Top Public Schools
  • 50th among Best Value Schools
  • 72nd among Best Colleges for Veterans
  • 10th in Undergraduate Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 70th in Graduate Business
  • 52nd in Graduate Education
  • 28th in Graduate Engineering
  • 9th in Graduate Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 8th in Graduate Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th in Materials Engineering
  • 75th in Graduate Biological Sciences
  • 56th in Graduate Chemistry
  • 48th in Graduate Computer Science
  • 60th in Graduate Earth Sciences
  • 48th in Graduate Economics
  • 52nd in Graduate Math
  • 54th in Graduate Physics
  • 53rd in Graduate Public Affairs
  • 79th in Graduate Social Work
  • 52nd in Graduate Sociology
  • 15th in Graduate Statistics
  • 3rd in Graduate Veterinary Medicine
  • 82nd in Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • 9th in Online MBA Programs
  • 7th in Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • 35th in Online Graduate Education Programs
  • 11th in Online Graduate Engineering Programs

Association of University Technology Managers, 2015

  • 6th nationally in commercialization agreements
  • 1st among universities without a medical school in licenses and options executed
  • 6th among universities without a medical school in invention disclosures received
  • 9th among universities without a medical school in total patents filed
  • 7th among universities without a medical school in U.S. patents issued
  • 5th among universities without a medical school in startup businesses launched
  • 6th among universities without a medical school​ in license income

American Association of Engineering Education, 2013

  • 8th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded
  • 15th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded to Women
  • 5th among All U.S. Engineering Colleges in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded to African Americans

National Science Foundation, 2010

  • 7th in Industry Research Funding among universities without medical schools (2008)
  • 9th in Total Research Expenditures Among Public Universities Without Medical Schools (2008)
  • 25th in Graduate Students in Science and Engineering Fields in Doctorate-Granting Institutions (2006)

Association of Research Libraries Membership Index, 2008

  • 25th in Public University Libraries

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2008

  • 4th in Engineering undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans (2006)
  • 6th in Math & Statistics undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans (2006)
  • 7th in Agriculture undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans (2006)
  • 12th in Agriculture graduate degrees awarded to African Americans (2006)
  • 12th in Engineering graduate degrees awarded to African Americans (2006)

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2008

  • 6th in Engineering Doctorates awarded among official 16 peers (2008)
  • 5th in Engineering M.S. degrees awarded among official 16 peers (2008)

Ranking Web of World Universities, 2009

  • 39th in Web Presence

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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