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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

  • 33,989 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
  • $1.415 billion budget for fiscal year 2015
  • $308 million in sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2014
  • $984 million endowment
  • Cooperative Extension Service provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
#4 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

Ranked Among the Best

  • #1 best value among North Carolina universities (
  • #3 veterinary medicine school in the country (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #4 best value among U.S. public universities (Princeton Review)
  • #8 return on investment nationally for degrees in science technologies (U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard)
  • #9 online MBA nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #10 best value among U.S. public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #20 online MBA worldwide (Princeton Review)
  • Jenkins Professional MBA among top 20 nationally (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • 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 prestigious National Academies
#9 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
  • More than 800 license agreements with industry partners, putting us in the top 15 in commercialization nationally
  • 850+ U.S. patents and 1,500+ worldwide, yielding 400+ consumer products
  • 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

Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development

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A National Leader in Attracting Sponsored Research

  • The only university 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
Top 15 in Commercialization With 800+ Industry Agreements

Association of University Technology Managers

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NC State's Centennial Campus

  • A public-private research campus where 70+ 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 )
  • Past three years the best ever for fundraising
  • Fiscal year 2015 gifts and pledges totaled $208.5 million, a university record
  • $8 million gift endowed the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, NC State’s first endowed center
  • $4 million gift 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

  • Ruben Carbonell, professor of chemical engineering, and J. Michael Ramsey, professor of biomedical engineering, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Joseph DeSimone, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. This is the third time DeSimone has been named a member of a U.S. National Academy; he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Fewer than 20 people have ever been elected to all three U.S. National Academies, and DeSimone is the first professor in the state of North Carolina to achieve this singular recognition.
  • 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.
  • 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 “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.
  • Horticultural scientist Craig Yencho is the principal investigator for a $12.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the hardiness of the sweet potato, an important food source and cash crop in Africa.
  • Undergraduate physics 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.
  • 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.
  • An 11-member team of students from NC State’s Aerial Robotics Club finished first overall at the 12th annual Student Unmanned Air Systems Competition. The competition, sponsored by the Seafarer Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, pitted 28 aviation clubs from around the world against each other.
  • An interdisciplinary team of Ph.D. students — drawn from communication, genetics, entomology, public administration, public policy, computer science and conservation biology — won first place in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition for designing a Web-based decision-making tool to help researchers innovate responsibly and ethically.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected NC State to lead the Southeast Regional Climate Hub, which provides tools and strategies to help agricultural producers cope with the challenges of a changing climate.
  • “Best Engineering Colleges” ranked NC State’s College of Engineering No. 10 in the nation for 2015.
  • The football team won the St. Petersburg Bitcoin Bowl with a 34-27 victory over the University of Central Florida.
  • Junior wrestler and reigning NCAA heavyweight champion Nick Gwiazdowski became the first wrestler in school history to win back-to-back NCAA titles.

Updated Jan. 23, 2015.