Academic Excellence Programs

Academic excellence at NC State involves a lot more than honors classes. We offer top students substantial financial support as well as opportunities to stretch their academic abilities, explore new interests, build well-balanced lives, give back to their communities, connect with employers, identify mentors, explore original research and even live in special campus communities among peers who share the same academic priorities.

This holistic approach to academic excellence helps NC State’s academic achievers reach new levels of leadership and intellectual development—giving them a head start on the road to successful and even brilliant careers in their fields. NC State’s academic excellence programs include:

The University Honors Program for talented academic achievers pursuing all majors. Program participants gain the vision and confidence they need to push beyond their own abilities and accepted boundaries of knowledge.

The University Scholars Program links talented, creative and curious students with academic and cultural enrichment programs, helping them develop as thinkers, citizens, and leaders while preparing them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

The Fellowship Advising Office helps NC State’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni learn of and apply for nationally competitive and prestigious awards. These awards fund a wide range of fully-funded opportunities, and many are connected to undergraduate and graduate degree programs or internships, overseas experience, and independent projects.

The Office of Undergraduate Research supports and promotes discovery-, inquiry-, scholarship- and creativity-based opportunities through mentored experiences with NC State faculty and other national and international scholars and professionals. The office supports NC State undergraduate students through research grants and opportunities to communicate their research to others through multiple research symposia, a research journal, funding for national conferences and research exploration events.

The Caldwell Fellows Program honors the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell, who famously said, “You just don’t know how magnificent you might be. Think big about your possibilities in this world.” Up to 25 fellowships are offered each spring to first-year NC State students who exemplify academic excellence, exceptional character and creativity. Fellowships include three years of tuition assistance and enrichment stipends. Fellows are encouraged to connect to their community, develop their passions and confront their assumptions, through experiences such as the Caldwell Leadership Seminar, global service learning, wilderness challenges and the diverse community of creative people that is the Caldwell Program.

The Goodnight Scholars Program shapes tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. It supports the academic, professional and social development of North Carolina students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), as well as those studying to be teachers in STEM fields. Funded by a gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight, the Goodnight Scholars Program offers a $17,500 renewable scholarship to students from middle-income families. It exposes them to emerging trends in tech industries, a wide range of service and leadership development opportunities, career preparation programs, and more.

The Park Scholarships program provides a superb educational opportunity for exceptionally talented and well-prepared individuals to develop in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. About 40 scholarships are awarded each year, supporting the full cost of education and innovative enrichment activities such as grants for research and study abroad, making this one of the most prestigious and comprehensive undergraduate scholarships in the U.S.

Honorary Societies

NC State is home to some of the most prestigious collegiate honor societies in the nation. Membership in these organizations signifies a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity. Visit each society’s website for more information.