Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 1985 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 College Junior

Weather: For the most part, weather is awesome. Then winter happens. I like it warm and not cold and wet. But other than that, it's usually okay.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: NCSU financial aid office has a system on how to help folks and all the info you need is on their website. Follow the directions and don't be afraid to send them an email or swing by the fin. aid office, but don't call. They respond faster by email.
Before you talk with them or schedule an in person opinion, make sure you've filled out your FAFSA forms and all other required forms listed on the website. Also, I would recommend checking out CFNC.org at the same time you do your FAFSA.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses run all the time, all over campus, for free. The Wolfline is free to students and the public, it can even take you to the grocery store. At NC State you can basically walk anywhere, but the bus is there for convenience. The transportation system here is good.

5 College Freshman

Majors: A student with an elementary education major will be required to student teach as a student intern for a local elementary school. Student interns are not paid, but they are still required to work hard. Like regular teachers, students will have to create separate lesson plans, teach classes, and take notes. In the future, perhaps in my junior or senior year, I plan to have a student internship at a local elementary school. Having experience as a student teacher will better prepare me before I become an elementary education teacher. However, I do have some concerns regarding how to find an internship and if I will land an internship at a decent elementary school. In the past, I have worked as a first grade VBS teacher for my summer break of 2012. For a full week, I was required to make my own lesson plans and take on full responsibility for the students in my classroom. In total, I taught 12 students and although teaching and keeping the students calm was hard at times, the end results were rewarding.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs can be found all throughout campus in most buildings, and each lab has a printer and (maybe?) a scanner. The library is stocked with computers on every floor, mostly up-to-date iMacs and a handful of decent Dells. You can always find a computer spot, especially if you look beyond the Learning Commons and venture upstairs. The network rarely fails, and it's open to both students and non-students of NC State, which I think is very commendable as it creates amiable relations with the Raleigh public. It's moreover fast and can be accessed anywhere on campus, as well as from Hillsborough Street's restaurants and coffee shops (even though most of those storefronts have their own free wifi). Regardless of the nice distribution and accessibility of computers on campus, I would certainly recommend bringing one's own laptop or desktop since most homework and readings are assigned online. A printer certainly isn't a must, but it's convenient to have. You can always print in the library or one of the labs.

3 College Senior

Parking: On-campus parking is more for car storage since most campus car lots are designated per dormitory, and the cheap ones that aren't related to dorms are very inconveniently placed, and you'll need to take the bus from the lot to get anywhere near campus. Furthermore, you can only purchase a pass for convenient lots like the Coliseum and Dan Allen decks if you have credits equal to that of a junior or senior. The pay-per-hour decks, beneath the aforementioned lots, are $1.00 per hour and can get pricey if you're driving in every day. Your best bet is to park on Hillsborough Street or one of the surrounding streets behind it and tend to the meter every two hours. It's a little more of a hassle if your classes aren't close to Hillsborough, but it's much cheaper overall.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Their is not much need for drug awareness on this campus, but the school does make an effort to see that the campus remains a drug-free environment.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus of NC State is strict, but adequate freedom is given to the students.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is generally gear to students who are 21 and older, however living in Raleigh you are so close to the city that you have many options some being 18 and older clubs. Another option other than the clubs and bars downtown is greek life. "Greekcourt" is located on campus and tons of things are always going on there. If you want to experience nightlife in the safest way I would say take a taxi to the city of become greek so that these organizations have your best interest in mind!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Psychology at North Carolina State University is a rather enjoyable major. The workload isn't excruciating and the teachers are all very knowledgeable. Students also have tons of opportunities to get involved in research and experiments in the psychology program. They also are more than willing to help with networking and finding people to better help you become an experienced student.

5 College Freshman

Majors: As a psychology major I have learned a lot by volunteering in labs, and taking research classes. However what I also found is that I am more interested in the science portion of the major. I now want to focus on double majoring in psychology and biology. Volunteering in scientific labs is usually paid however sometimes it's class credit, both are a plus as I move towards graduation!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: its kinda hard to get to the clubs. they are in town and u have to have a car to get there. bars are located not to far and you could easily walk.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: sometimes can be fun stuff like one time we had cotton candy and fair stuff but then theres some other stuff that doesnt look like you should eat

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I applied for it and received it without any problems.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of very nice apts. near the college campus. Most of them are moderately priced and furnished which is very helpful.


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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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