Essential Facts and Figures

  • 33,755 students, 2,336 faculty and 6,733 staff
  • Student-faculty ratio 13:1
  • 10 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • 900+ student organizations
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • $1.495 billion budget for fiscal year 2017
  • $405 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2017
  • $1.1 billion endowment
  • Cooperative Extension Service provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

#1 Best College for Your Money in North Carolina

Ranked Among the Best

#3 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

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 one Goldwater scholarship, one Truman scholarship, one Churchill scholarship, seven Fulbright scholarships and 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program has hired 69 world-leading educators and researchers in 20 interdisciplinary clusters, including bioinformatics, precision medicine and public science.
  • NC State ranks #5 among national research universities in producing Fulbright Scholars in 2017-2018.
  • Twenty-five of our faculty are members of the National Academies.

Top-20 Online MBA in the World

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
  • 950+ 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 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:
  • 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.

$405M in New Sponsored Research

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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 CooperativeNC State Entrepreneurship and NC State’s 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 in Commercialization of ResearchAmong Universities Without a Medical School

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#5 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

Rising Levels of External Support

  • Supporters contributed $224.8 million in gifts and new commitments to NC State in FY17 — the highest total in university history, and a 39 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Gifts and new commitments averaged $197.4 million annually over the past five years.
  • The Golden LEAF Foundation invested $45 million in the Plant Sciences Initiative of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Alumna Kady Gjessing donated $3.7 million (including a $1.5 million match from the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation) to create the Dr. Kady M. Gjessing and Rahna M. Davidson Distinguished Chair in Gerontology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Artists Robert Keith Black and J. Ormond Sanderson Jr. made a $3.44 million planned gift to support the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.
  • The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of NC State, has raised 77 percent of its $1.6 billion goal.

$224.8M in Private Supportin FY17

Recent Accolades and Achievements

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and associate professor of food science, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Barrangou also won the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture.
  • The National Science Foundation presented its prestigious Early Career Award to 10 NC State researchers in fields spanning physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, computer science, materials science and engineering, statistics, chemical and biomolecular engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and biomedical engineering.
  • The NCSU Libraries won the 2018 Library of the Future Award from the American Library Association.
  • Chemical and biomolecular engineering major Kobi Felton was one of only 43 students nationwide to win a Marshall Scholarship, awarded to outstanding American undergraduates who want to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Felton will use the scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in nanomaterials at Imperial College London.
  • Materials science and engineering major Hanan “Alex” Hsain won a Truman Scholarship, awarded to students who want to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. Hsain will use the scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science engineering or electrical engineering to prepare her to become a leader in sustainable energy development.
  • Genetics major Connor McKenney won a Goldwater Scholarship, awarded to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers.
  • NC State’s football team scored a commanding 52-31 victory over Arizona State in the Sun Bowl.
  • 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.
  • Outside varsity competition, rifle star Lucas Kozeniesky won a USA Shooting national air rifle championship, and swimmer Justin Ress won a U.S. national individual title in the 50-meter backstroke at the USA Swimming world championship trials.
  • 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 29th in the national Directors’ Cup competitive standings for 2016-2017, up 3 spots from last year and 38 spots from 2010-2011.

Updated March 23, 2018.