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’s Personal Finance, 2018

  • 9th in Best Value for In-State Students Among Public Colleges
  • 7th 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, 2018

  • 68th among national universities
  • Top 1% of global universities

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, 2019 

  • 80th among National Universities
  • 32nd among Top Public Schools
  • 37th among Most Innovative Schools
  • 46th among Best Colleges for Veterans
  • 55th among Best Values Schools
  • 43rd in Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report — Undergraduate, 2019

  • 32nd in Best Engineering Programs
  • 10th in Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 18th in Chemical Engineering
  • 19th in Civil Engineering
  • 29th in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering
  • 12th in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering
  • 19th in Materials Engineering

U.S. News & World Report — Graduate, 2018

  • 85th in Biological Sciences
  • 92nd in Business Schools
  • 52nd in Chemistry
  • 43rd in Computer Science
  • 68th in Earth Sciences
  • 55th in Economics
  • 46th in Education
  • 24th in Engineering
  • 8th in Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • 4th in Nuclear Engineering
  • 75th in Biological Sciences
  • 56th in Chemistry
  • 48th in Computer Science
  • 68th in Earth Sciences
  • 55th in Economics
  • 53rd in Math
  • 52nd in Physics
  • 44th in Public Affairs
  • 75th in Social Work
  • 47th in Sociology
  • 16th in Statistics
  • 3rd in Veterinary Medicine

U.S. News & World Report — Online, 2018

  • 71st in Bachelor’s Programs
  • 4th in Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • 15th in Graduate Education Programs
  • 9th in Graduate Engineering Programs
  • 14th in MBA Programs

U.S. News & World Report — Global, 2018

  • 222nd in Best Universities
  • 46th in Agricultural Sciences
  • 229th in Biology and Biochemistry
  • 121st in Chemistry
  • 192nd in Computer Science
  • 195th in Economics and Business
  • 114th in Engineering
  • 96th in Environment/Ecology
  • 190th in Geosciences
  • 51st in Materials Science
  • 55th in Mathematics
  • 181st in Microbiology
  • 31st 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, 2017

  • 6th in natural resources and conservation undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans
  • 7th in engineering undergraduate 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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