An engineering student at work in the Dickey Lab on NC State's Centennial Campus.

Academics

An NC State education creates more than just a college graduate. We meld theory and practice to produce tomorrow's innovators and leaders.

Education That Works

With 12 colleges representing all major academic disciplines, more than 34,000 students and more than 2,300 faculty, NC State is the largest university in North Carolina. This is a pre-eminent research enterprise where undergraduate and graduate students learn from award-winning faculty.

An NC State education begins in the classroom, but it never stops there. Our students test their knowledge through research and apply it in internships and co-ops with an array of business and industry partners. That experiential approach to education gives our graduates the career-ready skills they need to thrive.

I see myself doing bigger and better things. NC State laid that foundation to be successful.”
A portrait of Joshua Gandy, NC State business administration graduate.

Joshua Gandy,
B.S. business administration, 2017

Strength Where It Counts

Many of our strengths lie in fields that solve global problems and shape local economies. We have programs in engineering, business administration, statistics, veterinary medicine and more that rank among the best in the country. And we’re a leader in emerging fields, such as analytics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

We’re also a university of choice for today’s brightest students studying the humanities and social sciences, plant and animal life sciences, management, education, natural resources, and the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological and earth-system sciences. The breadth of our academic excellence is reflected in the strength of NC State’s library system, which includes the Hunt Library, ranked as one of the 16 coolest college libraries in the country by Business Insider.

#20 in STEM

NC State is one of the top U.S. universities for science, technology, engineering and math, according to Forbes.

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