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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a huge amount of fun to be had all around campus. The Wolfprowl bus picks up students at night to go to clubs and parties all around Raleigh. There are many hot bars and dance clubs nearby to go to on Gorman Street and elsewhere in downtown Raleigh. Wild parties are held by greek organizations that result in heavy drinking and debauchery. Normal fun (my kind) can be found by hanging out with friends in dorms.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of life as many men and women pledge to sororities and fraternities early in freshman year. It costs a substantial amount of money (to me) to get into these organizations, but many don't view non-Greeks differently than greeks. Many fun parties are had due to greek organizations.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: NC state is strict about alcohol use in dorms, that can get you kicked out. They are also strict about the honor code, violation of that can get you flunked and on probation academically. Parking is extremely strict, you park where you aren't supposed to and you will get a ticket within 30 minutes to an hour. However, much "fun" is still to be had as you can get away with alcohol and marijuana use and greek parties.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process to receive financial aid is simple. Fill out your FAFSA every spring and you will get it processed for aid. However, if you are a dependent on your parent's taxes and you have to wait for them to file a return, you may not be able to file until late March or April. In this case, since the school is so large, you may only get grant/scholarship money to cover only half of your tuition (less money, more students).

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is great most of the time. The winters aren't too cold, mainly stays around 40-45 in the afternoon in the dead of winter and summers in the 85-90 range. The spring is wonderful with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Rains occasionally.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The Wolfline is great. There is multiple buses for the main routes along hillsborough and centennial campus. There is a variety of routes to meet regular class needs and housing along Avent Ferry and Gorman Street. CAT buses are also available to take you all around Raleigh.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around NC State is great. There are many clubs, stores, and restaurants nearby. There are concerts downtown and everybody is polite and friendly.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received very little aid. The large size of the school makes aid hard to come by and competitive.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Non-Greeks are usually indifferent towards greeks. Greek housing is decent except for 2 very new, nice houses. Greek court is in the process of being redone and renovated.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: NC State is very diverse and focuses on making minorities feel included and accepted. This is one of the great things about State-everyone is free and encouraged to be whoever they desire.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are very rigorous-especially the math and sciences. Professors are great, typically, and workload is usually doable. Registration process is efficient and fair because seniors register first, freshmen last. Lots of people study in the library bookstacks.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is super easy and convenient around campus. Network is very fast and always reliable. Personal computer is a must.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Limited night life for under 21s except for frats/house parties. Much easier for girls than guys-guys need to know someone to get into basically any party. Transportation is convenient to and from parties-especially frat houses.

5 College Junior

Diversity: NCSU is VERY diverse! I can't speak on acceptance however the multitude of races and ethnicities that can be seen on campus just make you feel as if you're in your own melting pot.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I like the Nutrition Science program. My advisor Dr. Ash is great. She is extremely helpful and is willing to work with you if she sees potential. If I could do it all over again I would simply because there has been quite a few mistakes. My career goals would be to become a pharmacist, PA, or a molecular biologist and work in research.

3 College Junior

Majors: I can't say too much on this topic simply because I was a re-admit student. When I initially started college I began in Engineering and that did not go too well for me. Advice would be just to keep your grades up, NEVER be rude to anyone (especially an academia) because you never know when you may need them, and network network network!!

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: My only commentary would be on attendance. The attendance policy at NCSU is VERY strict. The teachers would drop you from a class in a heart beat if it's one where they take attendance by clickers (chemistry classes) or just smaller (less than 200 students) classes.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There's the Wolf Line and the CAT bus in the immediate area, then there's also the Amtrak. If you're a student the transportation office offers a GoPass, which let's students ride the city bus (CAT) for free. I think that's awesome.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The only time I've actually seen under aged drinking were at the "house parties". When I lived in the dorms I never say anyone smuggle alcohol, but I had heard commentary that people (underage) would have a few drinks.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The selection can be either cheap, small boarding with like 4 roommates, or you can upgrade to nicer areas like Cary and pay $700/month. It varies really, but it is up to the college student. I just recommend staying away from Avent Ferry Rd, the buses (both CAT and Wolfline) and just the traffic can be TOO much to bear when you're in a hurry.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Unlike some technical schools, the financial aid process is not worrisome. As long as you stay in contact with your financial aid counselor, submit your FAFSA on time, and KEEP YOUR GPA ABOVE 2.0, it's smooth sailing

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I like the fact that classes and the dining halls are super close. The gym is close as well, for those who like to work out. The RA's in the dorms are great, and there are some dorms that have an "apartment" feel to it. Of course, some dorms could use a larger bathroom space (Lee Hall!), however I enjoyed my experience. Talley Student Center as well as the Atrium and the Brickyard are the BEST places to be during "hustle and bustle" times.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Hillsborough streets tends to be a bit crazy sometimes

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the off-campus options. Hillsborough Street is right across from the school with plenty of options such as Subway, Jasmin's Mediterranean, Chipotle, NY Pizza, and many more. My favorite on Hillsborough Street is Chipotle. Not far from Hillsborough is Western Boulevard, complete with a Bojangles, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Cookout, McDonald's, and so much more. Zaxby's is also within walking distance from the Hillsborough Street strip. I love off-campus options at this university.

5 College Junior

Academics: animal science is the best major, hands on and fun


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Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
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Overall, the students' experience with NCSU is that it provides them with a rich learning environment. Students learn to balance play and work. Some come to NC State because of family tradition, to get away from the cold, or because of the College of Engineering-but whatever the reason is for the individual, positive feedback always finds its way out. Professors at the University will go above and beyond their call of duty. You make lifelong friends, and you have a huge list of organizations to partake in. Whether you're involved in a college sport, student government, or the Agribusiness Club, you will find your niche here among the thousands of students. Some professors will take you under their wing, and you will learn enormous amounts of information from them. These professors will also become lifelong connections who will probably end up writing letters of recommendation for you when it is time for you to find a job.

NC State wants its students to succeed not only in academics, but in life, too. Here you learn important lifelong skills that are essential to your survival in the real world. Classes can be rigorous and stressful, but students find a way to overcome hardships and get through. Professors will push you to do your best, but at the same time, they understand what it was like to be a student. NC State will help you become an expert in your subject of choice, and with the large number of students, you will come out of college ready to work in some of the most diverse settings.

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