Thinking and Doing
With more than 600 student organizations on campus, you can experience it all: running a daily newspaper, deejaying for one of the nation’s top college radio stations, building robots, exploring improv comedy or dance and much, much more. Whatever your area of interest, be it political, professional, social, ethnic or academic, there’s a student organization for you.
The hub for our student activities is the new Talley Student Union, a state-of-the-art foundation for student life. Combined with the tradition of our hallowed places, NC State is a place where community comes alive and students truly think and do.
Sports and Recreation
In sports, the final score isn’t the only important number. Try these figures on for size: 70 intramural and club sports programs, 23 Division I varsity teams and two recreation complexes encompassing 350,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fitness space. That’s not to mention an Outdoor Adventure program that puts North Carolina’s mountains and waterways at your disposal.
Whether you’re a fan in the stands, a player on the field or a student looking for a good workout, NC State has a varsity team, intramural/club sports program or facility for you.
Intramurals and More
Whether you want to push your limits in the weight rooms or expand your horizons in North Carolina's most beautiful untamed spaces, University Recreation has a program for you. Fitness classes, team and individual sports, state-of-the-art facilities and outdoor adventure opportunities are all on campus.
Service is part of our DNA at NC State. As a land-grant university, we were founded to help create a better world. From the Krispy Kreme Challenge, to Alternative Service Break trips, to the Feed the Pack food pantry, our students serve those in need on campus, across North Carolina and around the globe. Our students’ commitment to service is a key reason NC State made the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest service-related honor bestowed on a college or university by the White House.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge
The "challenge" part of the Krispy Kreme Challenge is self-evident: Run 2.5 miles. Eat a dozen doughnuts. Run 2.5 more (mostly uphill) miles. Finish in less than an hour.
But there's a second challenge, less obvious to the race participants and the global audience that follows the signature NC State event. For a group of 40 to 50 students, that six-month challenge will be winding down on Feb. 8, just as the runners start their five-mile ordeal.
Arts and Activities
NC State is a place for thinking and doing. That’s as true in galleries and on stage as it is in classrooms and laboratories. With hundreds of year-round arts programs and other activities for students and faculty, actors, singers, sculptors, painters, woodworkers and DIYers can have the tools and facilities to bring their ideas to life, as well as a supportive community of fellow creators.
NC State offers students housing options that range from traditional residence hall living to campus-based village communities to on- and off-campus apartment complexes owned and operated by the university for upperclassmen and graduate student residents.
Our residence halls are living-and-learning centers equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In our Living and Learning Villages — residence hall communities devoted to students who share similar academic, personal or lifestyle interests — you’ll live and learn with a ready-made group of peers who share your values, priorities and interests.
University apartment communities include Wolf Village, Western Manor and Wolf Ridge on Centennial Campus, plus E.S. King Village — an apartment community that serves NC State’s married, graduate and nontraditional undergraduate population.
NC State Dining has options to fit every appetite and palate, from vegan and international cuisine to fresh-baked pastries and coffee-shop fare. On campus, you’ll find quick-service eateries, all-you-can eat dining halls, familiar fast-food chains, specialty cafes, coffee bars and even food trucks.
We believe food should be healthy, sustainable and tasty. Registered dietitians help plan meals, and NC State Dining was recently rated a national leader for healthy eating. More than a quarter of the food served in our dining halls comes from North Carolina.
The Farmers Market on Campus
Fresh and in Season
Our research isn't our only connection to North Carolina farmers. During the school year, local farmers bring fresh produce to the Brickyard for our Campus Farmers Market. Student-conceived and student-run, the farmers market puts fresh, local fruits and vegetables at the heart of our campus.
Health and Safety
Your health and safety are among the most important factors in your success at NC State. We offer a full-service, nationally recognized student health center to support your physical and mental health, and we’re committed to building a safe, secure campus environment.
Student Support and Assistance
Student Health Services
NC State is home to the No. 11 college health service in the country, according to the Princeton Review.
Our Counseling Center helps students address personal, academic and vocational challenges.
Our fully accredited police department offers a range of services, from safety escorts to self-defense classes.