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Raleigh, NC
Undergrads
21,469
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1975 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The workload is not to bad, but the opportunities to get good internships in our field from Raleigh is quite difficult. Overall, I enjoyed the program. It is unique because we always have programs and forums available to attend outside of class.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: International Relations was a challenging and fascinating major. The knowledge I have gained has given me the opportunities to do so many things worldwide!

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: School spirit is at its greatest. Red and White for life!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I do not stay on campus so my meals there are limited. However when I occasionally eat I usually eat at Chick-fa-la, Taco Bell and sometimes Chinese. When I do eat at a dining hall the food is normally good and they have a great variety.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Its mostly sunny but we have had a lot of rain this winter which makes it messy to get to classes.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene mostly exists in the Greek community. You will almost always witness drug use at fraternity parties. Non Greek students tend to stick to drinking.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is adequate but nothing exceptional. The newest dorms are the greatest distance from the center of campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very prevalent at NCSU. There is an "us" and "them" mentality. Most fraternity and sorority members are not friendly to nonmembers. And it seems their main focus is to party.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking near where I live is OK, but Centennial Campus can be tough.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A few great options but some are to far to walk to

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is decent. The dining halls are not that great but they provide many options to choose from. I would suggest the Atrium or Talley which provides fast food options as well as healthier options, such as salads, sandwiches, and wraps.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different types of people here. A lot of foreign exchange students, redneck boys, southern belles, geeks, and creative types. I think this is due to State's strength of a variety of majors that appeal to all sorts of people. There is a Greek life here, but the majority of students are not in it. These students dress in the typical frat attire but are mostly nice. I was really happy with how friendly everyone was here.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The library has a ton of computers, both Mac's and PC's. A new wing was built while I was there specifically for this purpose and to create more spaces for group work and "not too serious" studying between classes. All the computers have things like Design, Photoshop, etc. (I never needed to use these so I'm not familiar with all of them. Printing is pretty cheap.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The only thing is that it gets very hot and humid in the late spring and the summer months. You'll sweat a lot when you're walking over the hilly campus in these months. When it rains or snow the campus can be a bit treacherous with the uneven bricks.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking after 5pm is usually really easy to find, but before that, all lots are either pay by the hour to park or require a parking permit and you will get a ticket if you park somewhere you're not supposed to. Freshmen are also not encouraged to bring cars unless absolutely necessary.

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2 College Junior

Parking: On the main campus it is very limited for permit parking, or you will have to pay every time you wish to park. Either way you are probably going to have to walk a good deal since the parking decks aren't that close to classes.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: While not New York City, the options around campus are stellar. It's a college town and so you can't go wrong with most options. Plus, almost all of them are CHEAP!

5 College Senior

Athletics: I love the school team's athleticism, NCSU basketball rocks!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments around campus, but some of them can be costly. Fortunately, there are buses that will take you to campus, so you don't always have to buy parking passes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining on campus is okay, but not great. The Atrium is the best place to eat because it has lots of fast food options. The dining halls occasionally have good food. Most of the time it is like cafeteria food. I stay in University Towers and have a meal plan there so I don't eat on campus very often.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs at NC State are rarely ever crowded and are open most of the time for use. You do not have to bring your own computer because they have plenty available. The only problem is that there are not many computer labs on campus. There is always wireless access for students and visitors.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: The variety is not that great and they often lie about what is going to be on the menu. Sometimes the food is stale or not even cooked all the way. Can be very disappointing.

2 College Junior

Parking: Sometimes you have to park very far away from where you live. Parking prices are also very high.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The nightlife is great if you have the transportation to get you there. Often the real parties are happening in downtown Raleigh, which can be a bit of a walk if you don't have a car and the buses aren't running.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The buses are consistent, but drivers often do not make the stops that they need to (they skip stops) or they constantly take breaks that are too long. It's annoying when you have to get somewhere.

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Matthew J. Cote
Hometown
Teaneck, NJ
Major
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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