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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, 2,336 faculty and 6,733 staff
  • Student-faculty ratio 14:1
  • 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

#3 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

Academic Excellence: Brightest Students, Best Faculty

#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 generate $6.5 billion of North Carolina income annually
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

  • 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:
$349 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 CooperativeEntrepreneurship 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.
#1 in Commercialization of ResearchAmong Universities Without a Medical School

Association of University Technology Managers

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NC State's Centennial Campus

#10 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

Rising Levels of Outside Support

133% Growth in Gifts and Pledges Since 2010

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, received 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.
  • De Simone also received the inaugural Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine from Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology.
  • Jay Baliga, Distinguished University Professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of NC States Power Semiconductor Research Center, was inducted 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, received 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 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.
  • The National Science Foundation presented its prestigious Early Career Award to 11 NC State researchers, in fields spanning chemistry, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and 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.
  • 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 was 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 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in the Community Service category.
  • Two students — Christopher Cooper and Vishwas Rao — received prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, awarded to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers.
  • Forbes magazine named athletics director Debbie Yow one of the 25 most powerful women in sports.
  • NC State’s athletics program ranked 34th in the national Directors’ Cup competitive standings for 2015-2016, up 33 spots from 2010-2011.
  • At the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, nine Wolfpack varsity teams were 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 Aug. 31, 2016.