Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2241 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The health center is good. You can usually get an appointment within the next day or two if you need, though there are also walk-ins available. The pharmacy is also easy to work with. Expect to have to wait around a lot during appointments. The counseling center is VERY hard to get an appointment with, even if you are already a regular patient with a counselor.

As far as saftey, the cops aren't very visible on campus, but easy to reach if you need them. There are many "blue light" emergency phones around. The biggest saftey concerns are walking alone at night -- especially on engineering campus if you stay late to work on a project -- and homeless and/or sketch guys on Hillsborough St -- especially near Sadlacks.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: They lost a form I submitted to them. Otherwise, pretty alright.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Computers: There are a lot of computers, but they tend to be slow and if its near exams, good luck finding one. The printing on campus is expensive, but they recently upgraded the system so that you can print on a computer and have 12 hours to go to the printer, where you will swipe your student id card and then hit print -- no one can steal or throw away your work! There is no wifi in the dorms unless you bring your own router.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Its not very cold or snowy in the winter, which is nice. If there is even an inch of snow, classes will probably be cancelled. In the summer it is extremely hot and humid and pollen is a big problem around campus (pollen + bricks = slick walking surface). Actually water + bricks is just asking for people to fall.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: I am not personally invested in the athletics, but varsity sports (Men's Basketball and Football) are a big factor and students are very involved in attending games.

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3 College Senior

Parking: There is not much need for a car on campus IF you have a meal plan and don't need to grocery shop often. Parking is pretty far away from dorms and classes usually and permits are pretty pricey. After 5 anyone can park in employee spaces, but they fill up WAY fast until very late. If you park somewhere you aren't supposed to, expect to be ticketed.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Facilities: The student center currently sucks, but we are in the process of rebuilding it so soon it should be better. The new library are great! BRICKS EVERYWHERE... which isn't inherently bad except for the lack of really nice green space near a lot of dorms.

The athletic centers are awesome! There is the 3 story rec center and 3 story Carmichael gym with great amenities. You can take lots of fitness classes- most of which do not require extra payment- and the university's Outdoor Adventure program has subsidized trips you can take as well as rent gear for fun outdoor excursions!

3 College Senior

Facilities: The engineering campus is far away from main campus and as such feels very isolated.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Mostly white kids, but I've never witnessed anyone being treated differently due to racial background, economic background or sexual orientation. Being an overall conservative school, I do overhear some non-acceptance of different political beliefs and religious beliefs. If you go on the engineering campus you will not find many women, black or hispanic people.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but I know there are some struggles with finding close parking as a freshman.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Talley (the student union center) is great--there's a mexican place, a sandwich place, a diner, and a pizza place, and the dining halls are decent. Pretty good for college food!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus but I've seen some off-campus housing and it seems to be pretty average.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You often see campus police driving around and the blue light system is visible throughout campus.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are pretty religious and awkward, not very outgoing, and usually unmotivated.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are things to do and the libraries/student union center/student hangouts are beautiful (Hunt library is amazing), but I find it hard to make friends to spend at these places.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are very impressive, especially at the price of the university.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't really prevalent, so drug safety isn't too necessary or apparent.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh is more boring than you'd think.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the physical school, but despise the boring, Southern, narrow-minded, religious, run-of-the-mill, non-committed, non-educated student body.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm only a second semester psych major, so there's nothing crazy unique yet, but I'm satisfied with the academics.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I got straight A's this semester. There are classes for all levels. You can take very easy classes or you can take biochemistry. Use ratemyprofessor.com no matter what you do though!!

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: I HAD MORE FUN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. Few people leave their little dorm rooms on a Saturday night and those who do, probably still won't drink or do anything actually fun. Frat parties are the biggest waste of time and usually get broken up before they could even try to become fun, and being a northerner, the clubs are more than pathetic with only like 50 people in them awkwardly dancing for a few hours and then leaving by 2 (when the clubs CLOSE....).

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from the north, Southern weather is amazing. NC weather is pretty bipolar though. One day it's sunny and 50 degrees and the next day it's pouring and 80 degrees. Some days, you'll change outfits three times.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love everything about this school except for the people at it. As a Northerner, this is NOT the place for me. I love the facilities and my classes are pretty good, but I am a very social person and the rural, boring student body drives me insane. Come to State if you are antisocial, but want great facilities and pretty decent food. DO NOT come to State if you're looking to make fun, energetic, passionate, unique friends. Almost everyone on campus is shy, judgemental, religious, and from North Carolina.

College Junior

Nightlife: Personally, I prefer more quiet nights in with just friends so I cannot accuratly describe the nightlife for the school.

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Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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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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