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Stats and Strengths

NC State is a pre-eminent research enterprise, attracting top faculty and students from around the world. With our partners, we create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity.

Essential Facts and Figures

  • 34,015 students and 2,323 faculty; student-faculty ratio 16:1
  • 12 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • 600+ student organizations
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • $1.48 billion budget projected for fiscal year 2016
  • $308 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2015
  • $984 million endowment
  • Cooperative Extension Service provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
#1 Best Value Among North Carolina Public Universities

Ranked Among the Best

  • #1 best value among North Carolina public universities (
  • #3 veterinary medicine program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #8 return on investment nationally for degrees in science technologies (U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard)
  • #15 online MBA nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #15 statistics program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #20 online MBA worldwide (Princeton Review)
  • 11 graduate programs among the top 30 in their field nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
#3 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

Academic Excellence: Brightest Students, Best Faculty

  • Recent freshman classes boast highest high-school GPAs and SAT scores in university history
  • 100+ students were national scholars and fellows over the past five years
  • Two Goldwater scholars, six Fulbright scholarships and nine NSF research fellowships in the 2014-2015 academic year
  • NC State graduates rank among top 20 most desirable by job recruiters (Wall Street Journal)
  • Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program has hired 41 world-leading educators and researchers in 20 interdisciplinary clusters, including bioinformatics, personalized medicine and public science
  • 23 faculty are members of the National Academies
#15 Online MBA in the Nation

Driving Economic Prosperity

  • 100+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.6 billion in venture capital
  • No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research; No. 1 among universities without a medical school
  • 850+ U.S. patents and 1,500+ worldwide, yielding 500+ consumer products
  • NC State’s Industry Expansion Solutions has created $3.4 billion in economic benefit for the state’s manufacturers since 2000
  • NC State and its students, alumni and associated startups generated $6.5 billion of North Carolina income in fiscal year 2013
100+ Startups and Spinoffs Based on NC State Research

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A National Leader in Attracting Sponsored Research

  • One of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers:
    • The FREEDM Systems Center, researching smart-grid technology
    • The ASSIST Center, developing wearable, self-powered health monitors
  • Recently named to lead three federally funded collaborative institutes:
    • $140 million PowerAmerica initiative, developing an advanced power electronics manufacturing sector for the Department of Energy
    • $60 million Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, studying data analytics for the National Security Agency
    • $25 million Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities, combating the spread of nuclear weapons for the National Nuclear Security Administration
$300+ Million in New Sponsored Research Awards

Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development

Learn how we're attracting record-high levels of external funding. 

Interdisciplinary Partnerships That Make a Difference

  • 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’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, Entrepreneurship Initiative and 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.
No. 1 in Commercialization of ResearchAmong Universities Without a Medical School

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NC State's Centennial Campus

  • A public-private research campus where 60+ corporate, government and nonprofit partners work alongside 70+ NC State research and academic units
  • Home to the College of Engineering, the College of Textiles, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Institute for Emerging Issues, a think tank focused on tackling big issues that affect North Carolina’s prosperity
  • Office of Technology Transfer: Helping faculty and entrepreneurs commercialize discoveries made at NC State
  • Technology Incubator: Supporting high-tech startups by facilitating unparalleled access to world-leading researchers
  • James B. Hunt Jr. Library: Winner of the prestigious Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries, and one of the most technologically advanced learning and collaboration spaces in the world
Top-20 Most-Desired Job Candidates Among College Graduates

Record Levels of Outside Support

  • Top-25 fundraiser among public colleges and universities (Chronicle of Philanthropy )
  • 133 percent growth in gifts and pledges since 2010
  • Fiscal year 2015 gifts and pledges totaled $208.5 million, a university record
  • $8 million gift recently endowed the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State’s first endowed center
  • $4 million gift recently endowed the Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean’s Chair in the Poole College of Management, NC State’s first endowed dean’s chair
Top-25 Fundraiser Among Public Colleges and Universities

Recent Accolades and Achievements

  • Joseph DeSimone, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NC State and Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, has recently received a number of honors:
    • The inaugural Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine from Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology
    • The 2015 Dickson Prize in Science from Carnegie Mellon University, for contributions to polymer and materials science
    • The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office to recognize those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce
  • Jay Baliga, Distinguished University Professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of NC States Power Semiconductor Research Center, is a 2015 winner of the Global Energy Prize, given in honor of outstanding achievements in energy research and technology.
  • Baliga has also been selected for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • Rodolphe Barrangou, associate professor of food science, is a 2016 winner of the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, given in honor of research constituting a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.
  • Barrangou is also a winner of a 2016 Canada Gairdner International Award, given to biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease.
  • Trudy Mackay, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor of biological sciences, has been selected to receive the 2016 Wolf Prize in agriculture, given to outstanding scientists for achievements in the interest of mankind.
  • Kenneth R. Swartzel, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • MIT Technology Review has named Zhen Gu, an assistant professor in NC State’s and UNC-Chapel Hill’s joint biomedical engineering program, as one of  their “35 Innovators Under 35” for his work on developing novel drug-delivery systems for treating cancer and diabetes.
  • Alper Bozkurt, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” for his work establishing the foundations of the “Internet of bionic things” in areas ranging from human-animal communication to insect biobots to human health-monitoring devices.
  • Five faculty members received the prestigious NSF Early Career Award: Xipeng Shen, computer science; Daryoosh Vashaee, electrical and computer engineering; Kristy Boyer, computer science; Rosangela Sozzani, plant and microbial biology; and Ana-Maria Staicu, statistics.
  • Statistician Alyson Wilson, director of the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries, was named the 2016 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Alexander Richter, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, won a $15,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his work to develop ways to deliver agricultural pest control agents via environmentally benign nanoparticles.
  • Senior history major Micah Khater’s paper on civil rights struggles during the Jim Crow era was selected as the best undergraduate history paper in the state by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.
  • Senior physics and math major Mia de los Reyes won an Astronaut Scholarship, the largest monetary award given in the United States to undergraduate STEM students based solely on merit.
  • De los Reyes was also one of only 15 students nationwide to win a Churchill Scholarship, which she will use to pursue a one-year master’s degree in astronomy from the University of Cambridge beginning in fall 2016.
  • The Ghana International Design Studio, a study-abroad program administered by NC State’s College of Design, won a Student Award of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects in the Community Service category.
  • Two students — William Crumpler and Catherine McVey — received prestigious Goldwater Scholarships awarded to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers.
  • NC State’s athletics program ranked 27th in the national Directors’ Cup competitive standings for 2014-2015, up 62 spots from 2009-2010.
  • Nine Wolfpack varsity teams are ranked in the top 20 nationally: baseball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, rifle, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and wrestling.

Updated March 23, 2016.