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We're a top public research university that produces career-ready graduates, attracts leading researchers and supports the state and national economies.

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Essential Facts

We think and do — and the world takes notice.

As a Research I university, NC State is a key part of the Research Triangle region, which is home to industry leaders such as NC State partners SAS, Cisco, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Lenovo.

Raleigh and the surrounding area are consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States, and NC State is a driving force for the local, state and national economies.

  • 37,800+ students, 2,400+ faculty and 7,100+ staff
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • Student-faculty ratio 16:1
  • 12 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through 68 departments
  • NC State Extension serves citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • $2.03 billion endowment, among the top 90 largest higher-education endowments in the country
  • $2.035 billion budget for fiscal year 2023

#2 Best Public College in
North Carolina for Value

Money

Rankings

  • Top 1% of universities worldwide (Center for World University Rankings)
  • #2 best public college in North Carolina for value (Money)
  • #2 for research commercialization among public universities nationally (Heartland Forward)
  • #2 military-friendly school among Tier 1 research institutions (Military Friendly)
  • #2 military spouse-friendly school among Tier 1 research institutions (Military Friendly)
  • #3 graduate nuclear engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #4 graduate/biological engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #4 online bachelor’s programs nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #5 veterinary medicine program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #7 undergraduate biological/agricultural engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #8 in MBA programs with the best return on investment (Poets & Quants)
  • #11 graduate statistics program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #11 undergraduate software engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #12 undergraduate industrial/manufacturing program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #15 online MBA nationally (Princeton Review)
  • #18 graduate applied mathematics program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #19 online graduate engineering program nationally (U.S. News & World Report)

#5 College of Veterinary Medicine in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report

Student and Faculty Success

  • More than 100 of our students were national scholars and fellows over the past five years.
  • NC State students won two Goldwater Scholarships and 20 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • In 2023, two NC State students were awarded funds to pursue a summer travel-work experience as part of the inaugural cohort for the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service, also known as the Voyager Scholarship.
  • A record-setting 11 NC State students were awarded Fulbright Scholarships in 2023 through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which expands student perspectives through academic and professional development and cross-cultural dialogue.
  • The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program groups world-leading educators and researchers into 20 interdisciplinary clusters, including bioinformatics, precision medicine and public science.
  • Twenty-five of our faculty are members of the National Academies.

#8 MBA Program for Return on Investment

Poets & Quants

Partnerships and Research

  • $476 million in new sponsored research awards for fiscal year 2023 — the highest in university history
  • #3 in the nation for the share of our research sponsored by private industry (for universities without a medical school), according to the Association of University Technology Managers
  • Lead university for two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers:
  • The first North American location for an IBM Quantum Hub, a collaborative effort to advance quantum computing
  • Home to two major interdisciplinary National Science Foundation-funded centers launched in 2021:
  • A hub for driving 5G innovation through the $24 million Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW) project
  • A partner in seven of the 16 public-private institutes that make up Manufacturing USA, a federal initiative to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing industry
  • Home to the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, one of nine such regional centers in the United States

$476M in New Sponsored Research in FY23

Office of Research and Innovation

Centennial Campus

#2 for Research Commercialization

among public universities in the U.S., according to Heartland Forward

Economic Impact

  • 200+ startups and spinoffs based on NC State research, attracting a total of $1.7 billion in venture capital
  • #2 nationwide for active licenses and options; #3 nationwide for startups launched among universities without a medical school (AUTM Licensing Activity Survey, 2021)
  • 1,500+ patents issued in the U.S., yielding 600+ consumer products
  • The Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) matches NC State alumni investors with promising university-affiliated startups to facilitate mentoring, support and angel investments for entrepreneurial businesses. WIN members have invested more than $13 million in 23 NC State startups.
  • The Milken Institute, an economic think tank, cited the collaboration and innovation fostered by NC State — and particularly by Centennial Campus — as key reasons why Raleigh is one of the best-performing large cities in the United States.
  • NC State and its students, alumni and associated startups generate $6.5 billion of North Carolina income annually.

200+ Startups and Spinoffs

Office of Research Commercialization

Alumni

  • NC State has more than 270,000 living alumni, approximately 160,000 of whom live in North Carolina.
  • The NC State Alumni Association provides opportunities for all NC State alumni to engage with and stay connected to our ever-expanding Wolfpack.
  • Wolfpack alumni stay in touch via nearly 40 affinity groups and regional networks around the United States.

#7 Best Value Among U.S. Public Universities

U.S. News & World Report

Philanthropy and Giving

  • NC State’s sixth annual Day of Giving in 2024 raised more than $46 million from 21,920 gifts — the most gifts NC State has ever received on a Day of Giving.
  • Alumnus Frederick Eugene Wilson Jr. and the Wilson family gave the transformational gift of $28 million to name the Wilson College of Textiles in perpetuity.
  • Alumni Edward P. Fitts Jr. and Edgar S. Woolard jointly gave a $25 million gift allowing the university to break ground on Fitts-Woolard Hall, which will house programs and facilities of the College of Engineering.
  • Alumnus John W. McRary made a $10 million gift to the College of Sciences Foundation — the largest estate gift in the college’s history — creating the $6.5 million John W. McRary Physics Graduate Support Endowment and the $3.5 million John W. McRary Mathematics Graduate Support Endowment.
  • An extraordinary gift from Bill and Frances Henry funded the restoration and completion of the Memorial Belltower, including the installation of 55 bells.
  • A group of generous supporters of NC State athletics made a $5 million pledge to name the James T. Valvano Arena in Reynolds Coliseum.
  • The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign — the most ambitious fundraising effort in NC State’s history — surpassed its $1.6 billion goal two years early, raising a total of $2.1 billion by the campaign’s end in 2021.
  • Donors created some 2,100 new funds and 636 new scholarships and fellowships through the campaign.
  • Of the 234 endowed faculty positions at NC State, 104 were created during the campaign.

$46M Raised From 21,920 Gifts on Day of Giving

Recent Accolades

  • Four NC State students — physics and mathematics graduate Mia de los Reyes, chemical engineering and economics graduate Chris Cooper, physics and computer science graduate Ana Sofia Uzsoy and computer science and genetics graduate Nikhil Milind — have earned prestigious Churchill Scholarships for graduate study at elite universities in the United Kingdom. NC State was one of only two schools in the country with two scholars in the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • In 2024, six NC State faculty members were elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Craig Yencho, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Horticultural Science and program leader for NC State’s sweet potato breeding and genetics program, received the University of North Carolina System’s 2024 Oliver Max Gardner Award — the UNC System’s highest faculty honor.
  • In 2023, three NC State faculty members were recognized with the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Early-Career Development Program Award.
  • In 2023, Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, was elected to the National Academy of Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • The National Science Foundation awarded its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship to 20 NC State students in 2023. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
  • In 2023, two NC State students won a Goldwater Scholarship, presented to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

Rankings

For more on how NC State stacks up against other universities across the country, Institutional Strategy and Analysis lists our top national and international rankings.

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