Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 1975 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dear God, campus dining is awful. The dining halls is some of the worst food I have ever had. I'm pretty sure prison food is better quality. Not only is the food disgusting (have you heard of the 'fountain effect'?) but there are hardly any options for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free.

The same goes for the Atrium and Talley. Other than outside chains, the food sucks (Zen Blossom is the worst Chinese food I've ever had. I'm pretty sure the cardboard box it comes in tastes better).

Campus Dining charges SO MUCH money for such bad quality. It's a rip-off.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Its fairly nice here most of the time. Sometimes its a little chilly but definitely manageable.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are very few vegan options (and hardly any variety) at the dining halls. Most of the vegetarian meat substitutes (hot dogs, burgers, etc) have eggs in them and tofu is served RARELY. Why not just make the switch to vegan meat substitutes? The vegetarians will be blissfully unaware and the vegans will be SUPER thankful for some kind of protein source!

Also, many of the pre-made, non-dining hall options are not vegan either (WolfPack To-Go wraps, salads, sandwiches etc). They often include cheese or a dairy-based sauce. Why not just exclude the cheese and make the sauces and dressings oil/vinegar based?

And vegan options from the brickyard Pizza/Pasta place? That's laughable. What about baked goods from the PCJ? All contain some form of eggs or milk.

The only really reliable options are Wolfpack subs, and the Chinese tofu stir fry from the Atrium (which I am still concerned about).

If you're a vegetarian or omnivore looking to make the switch to veganism, or are a current vegan, then don't expect university dining to help you find good variety or flavors. Bring a lunch to campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: University Dining does a wonderful job of improving based on the student voice. Every once in a while there are problems with the food or customer service, but that is something that can't be avoided no matter where you go. Most of the staff is very friendly and generally willing to help out if you have a concern. Food quality is decent but it can be pricey at times. They are always expanding and adding new options to make it better for students!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing at NCSU is a beast. The rooms are about on par with most campuses in size, but they come in one of three styles: Suite, hall, or hotel style. You can live in a suite with 4-6 rooms and a bathroom, a hall with a communal bathroom, or an old hotel building with an individual bathroom (do note that while these are the larger and more private rooms, they tend to be farther from classes). There are also two apartment complexes on campus for undergrads, but you have to be an upperclassman. There are also two for Graduate Students. The social atmosphere really depends. Finally, as for the residence halls, they are about the same as living off campus in costs on average, but offer the convenience of being within a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride of all your classes and nearly all have a living and learning village (first year college, honors village, Women In Science and Engineering, Arts Village, Global village, etc).

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking for the weekends is not bad. You will always be able to find a spot...the only question is how close it will be to where you are actually going.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather fluctuates a lot between hot and cold days

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Downtown is close, but most places are for over 21

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a great number of international students

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The free 2-hour parking along Hillsborough is nice

4 College Student

Transportation: The college provides free bus service to almost any location on campus, as well as a free pass for the city bus system. You can walk almost anywhere on campus, but the bus system helps a lot for those classes on the other side of campus.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: While there are reports of crime warnings almost once a month, there are security stations dotted all over campus with a direct link to the NC State security office. If you feel unsafe walking alone at night, an officer can be sent to escort you to your intended location. Overall I feel safe on campus, but don't take unnecessary risks.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: There are many housing options available to you as a student at NC State. Most have decently sized rooms, with well enough furnishings to make you feel like its a second home. Many Residential Advisers host events that make you want to get involved with the students that live around you. The housing process is a painless point and click operation.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I was eligible for several student loans, but not for much in the way of other financial aid. I was hoping for more opportunities that would not require me to repay the aid I received.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of area attractions near NCSU. There are tons of shopping centers, the local attitude is good for the students. There is also plenty of local activities.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is for the most part not very noticeable. There are some abusers;however, I do not associate with them, so I do not see it much. With me not being around it, I do not feel the peer pressure that comes along with it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity of NCSU is more than average,but many people here seem to accept the diversity and also accept it as another learning possibility. It can be a learning possibility by learning about the ethnics background as well as culture.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The security force on campus does a good job keeping people informed but you need to be careful at night.

College Junior

Transportation: I am currently taking my courses online so that I can continue working for the government.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms for underclassmen are pretty small, but they regularly renovate. The dorms for upperclassmen are pretty nice and on Central Campus

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are so many computer labs around NC State's campus. They have computer labs on the first floor of every dorm and multiple labs in the library. There are also computer labs scattered in buildings all around campus. They have a good mix of Macs and PCs

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prominent on NC State's campus but if you aren't in a sorority or fraternity you will not be treated any differently. They throw a lot of the parties on campus, but you don't have to be part of the sorority or fraternity to go.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is readily available and the options get better and better the long you are a student at the university.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are decent. The bigger dorms are further way from the center of campus and the dorms in central campus are rather small or you need to meet certain specifications to live there. There are lots of off campus options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Easy! Get good grades and take the prerequisites. I transferred in from another major. Simply fill out a transfer slip, get the signatures for approval, and your in!

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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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