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Raleigh, NC
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21,469
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1985 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Im not a greek member, but I did rush and went to frat parties quite often freshmen year. A lot of fraternities have real cool guys in them and are fun to party at, but of course there are a couple bad apples. I'd definitely suggest rushing and pledging if your interested, the community is awesome and theres a great connection between the members, just make sure your confident with your decision. Greek life has two main areas, Greek Row and Greek Court. Greek Court is really nice and is getting new houses built for the next couple years. Greek Row is a little less nice, but still frat houses. Frats have the best tailgating set up ever, they're super close to the stadium and do their tailgates all out.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: NC State is pretty well diversified, of course with the student body as large as it is, it would be hard not to. I come from a small rural town an hour away from Raleigh, so there wasn't much diversity at all in my high school. State has a lot of different people, not only from North Carolina but from all over the United States and the world. Its surprisingly easy to find your niche in such a big school full of different people though. People have their beliefs and opinions about things, but everyone I've met is very open minded and accepting of people and often interested in their beliefs.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There always seems to be a computer available where ever you go. The library can be pretty packed but you can usually find a private covey with one if you need. I live at the Avent Ferry complex, and it has a pretty nice lab with both Macs and PC's and plenty of room. Whenever I've needed a desktop computer there was always a lab in the building somewhere and the computers were relatively up to date. Printing is a pain, and I always had to go to a lab to do so until I got my own printer, which I highly recommend. Wireless is good, I've never had a big problem with it and with a router you can put wireless in your dorm. I definitely recommend having a personal computer, I don't know of anyone who didn't have a laptop.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live ten mins away which is really five for me and my complex is brand new and I have everything I want without the hassle of campus life...I've already went to another college and lived the dorm campus life and even then I had to get my own place.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Pros - relatively cheap
Cons - you get what you ask for - lost checks, stabbings, shoot, robberies (all at wolf creek apartments)

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: MACs are everywhere. The new library is awesome. You can find free places to print.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Most of the teachers instruct and could care less if the students actually understand the material.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lots of options. Not the roomiest rooms you'll ever see, but not bad. I love living in central campus because it's closest to classes. Some just got renovated recently (Bragaw, Sullivan). Syme has the biggest rooms. Housing isn't too hard to come by. You sign up online.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm a biology major at NC State. I love it! My adviser is great. The people at the career center are always there to meet my needs. My professors are all very helpful and knowledgeable about their subjects. Biology majors have to take 4 semesters of chemistry, plus biochemistry, microbiology, 2 semesters of physics, as well as math and gen ed courses. It's a great program that makes one well-rounded. As far as internship opportunities, the possibilities are endless. I did mine at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, which is a 5-10 minute drive from NC State.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There's a campus bus system, the Wolfline, to get you around campus. It's free. There are buses during the day as well as at night. There's even one that can pick you up in Raleigh at certain stops at night. Students can get a free GoPass to ride the city bus to Raleigh. If you're somewhere on campus at night and you don't want to walk home alone, you can call the campus police non-emergency number to get a police escort. If you live in NC there's a good chance the Amtrak train stops near your hometown. I've ridden it to and from Raleigh with no problems.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The student body is predominantly white, but the university does put a large emphasis on diversity and acceptance. There are many active and vocal minority groups on campus (GLBTCA, women's services, Black and Asian student groups) dedicated to representation. While most students are white, it is not an overwhelming majority and looking around campus will generally give you a good view of people of many different races, ethnicities and religions.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Despite being a very qualified student and going after many merit based as well as financial need based scholarships, it's impossible to receive the help I need and I get very little from financial aid. Looking forward to a decade of paying off student loan debt.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, I'm barely aware of Greek life when they aren't trying to sell me baked goods. And that's how I like it. Greek life is fairly unobtrusive if you're not interested in it and I don't tend to hear horror stories about it, so it's fine by me.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I learned a TON from my internship. It was the best experience ever.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It prepared me to become a MSW student. Great program!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police and room advisors are strict. When a student gets a first offense they are sent to the Resident Director and possibly the STudent Conduct Board for further consequences.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Some concerns regarding non-students who come onto campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The student health center provides a lot of good quality medical programs to meet students' needs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's this great sushi place where it's BOGO. There are also plenty of sports bars and fast food restaurants they serve late.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They're just so many different types of people that you are going to meet people of similar interests and different ones as well. However, everyone does understand how to be polite and everyone has their ego in check.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's not worth the price for those small rooms. It's cheaper to get an apartment. However the dorms are on main campus and closer to the dining halls.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: They don't give you as much money as you'd think, leaving me broke.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are all pretty old. But they try to renovate them regularly. It's great to live there your first year at least to get to know people who live in your dorm. I lived in a hall and it was fantastic. But I don't plan on living in a dorm for my junior and senior years.

3 College Senior

Weather: The campus is very large, so local weather can impact it a lot. The bus system is alright so you can get around the edges of campus and from off campus if you need to, but they can only get you so far and are usually crowded. Getting between buildings is a different story. If there is any type of foul weather make sure you dress appropriately because you can have walks outside of up to 15 min.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: For most of the time that I have dealt with financial aid they have been helpful. The amounts that you get will most likely be less than what you should. One thing is for sure though, make sure you are on time with your forms and dont miss deadlines.

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Matthew J. Cote
Hometown
Teaneck, NJ
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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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