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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5 College Junior

Academics: I am a Graduate student pursuing my Masters in Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. North Carolina State University is among the top 10 universities in the USA for Industrial Engineering. I got to experience that ever since i started attending classes this fall semester. The courses are very interesting and are industry oriented which particularly interests me. The workload is evenly divided throughout the program which gives enough time to concentrate on the topics of our interest.North Carolina State University also has a Co-op program whick will allow me to get some industry experience prior to me graduating from the university. NCSU is also highly ranked owing to the numerous job opportunities it generates through organising job fairs on campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: You can't beat the weather in North Carolina. Only the pollen in the spring and occasional strings of rainy days (not a good combo with bricks) bring this grade to an A-. I run outside year-round and enjoy pick up games of Ultimate Frisbee throughout the school year (sometimes with some extra layers). You get all 4 seasons here. Northerners beware: NC State often cancels classes with less than 2 inches of snow cover.

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1 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing at State is a disaster overall. The methodology that they use to pair people is sub par to say the least. Just because people go to bed at the same time does not mean they are compatible. Furthermore, University Housing favors students that are more like the "typical" college student, i.e. drinkers and partiers who are inconsiderate. They also lie concerning different halls, maintaining that all halls are essentially alike in terms of quiet. This is very untrue. There are definitely "party halls" and "study halls," and you need to know where to go if you are going to be happy. There will be some people who will tell you that you should go to a certain hall and that it will be quiet because "ROTC members and student athletes live there." Right, the two groups that have the worst reputation for raising hell when there is no one there to look. There is a lot of pandering, and you need to live where YOU will be appreciated for why you are in college.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: If you are discreet, you can get away with things like underage drinking. Most of the time, as long as you are quiet, no fuss will be made.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: I think everybody at State is pretty accepting. There are many diversity functions and activities to participate in.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty computer labs that any student can access at almost any time. There are also computers located in libraries and other spots that are available to students that allow printing and copying.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I'm doing what I love in the environment that I love. Most of which I learned in class or from mentors.

3 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Computers: I don't really use the campus computers or printers often. On occasion I'll print something. And the wireless internet works fine for me.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Technology, Design, Engineering Education is awesome. I'm so glad I switched into it, couldn't be happier.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The amount of camaraderie at NC State is crazy. No matter where you are or when, if there's an NC State fan or student, you automatically have a friend in the room.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: NC State and its facilities are awesome. Whether its the student center, the two libraries, or the football stadium, they're always welcome and clean.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I've taken a variety of good and bad classes. If I had to callout one issue it would be class size--especially for freshman courses. First year is the pivotal time for students to gain comfortability and nothing is more intimidating than a classroom with 500 students and a teacher who has to simply shout at the masses.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking for the most park is rather decent, then again, I park in the Perimeter lots which are usually not very full. If you live in Wolf Village it isn't too difficult to find a spot, but if you live in a dorm in the middle of campus, it can be rather hard to find a spot. The Wolfline bus system mitigates some of these hassles though. The cost would appear to be on average with most other universities, but again, it depends on the type of parking pass you want. Passes like the perimeter pass are easy to come by, but the coliseum deck pass can be nearly impossible to get due to the convince of the lot and the amount of people who sign up to get that pass. Just depends where you need to park at. Personally, I'd just get a perimeter pass and take the Wolfline into campus. Easier than driving around for 20 minutes or more trying to get a spot on campus (weather can be a problem though obviously).

College Senior

Greek Life: I have not attended any of these kinds of activities, so I have no opinion to offer on Greek life at NCSU.

3 College Senior

Academics: I wouldn't say there are any unique perks or aspects of being a Communication major at State. One draw back of being a student in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) is that you must wait until you are a Senior and be in good academic standing before you can take an internship class that allows you to get internships that provide you with academic credit. I feel that this hurts us COM majors because we lose potentially 1-2 years of real world job experience having to wait until the final year of our schooling. It isn't very helpful to say the least.

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4 College Senior

Academics: I have only been at NC State for a semester now, but I have to say that my advisor was extremely helpful in getting me registered in the right classes. Transferring from a two-year college can be a jarring process, but I was able to get into the right classes due to his help. I would also have to say nearly all of the employees are friendly and willing to help you with anything you have a problem with. The professors are a different story. Some are helpful, and some don't want to see students whatsoever. Depends on the professor. But overall it is a great school.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I did not partake in the nightlife at NCSU but my suite mates did and they liked it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police force is very strict but there are few officers.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug safety at North Carolina State University is not that well known. They don't really hack down on the students drug activity.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's awesome! NC State has one of the best engineering programs in the my state so i feel honored!

3 College Freshman

Majors: Take good science classes and show an interest in your major!

3 College Junior

Diversity: We have a very diverse student body. There are constantly new foreign exchange, study abroad, and international students joining our university all the time. We also have students of many different races, religions, ethnicities, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: apartments are available, although I have only stayed in a dorm, so I can't give allot of advice.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: problem with mold in my room, by the air conditioner

3 College Junior

Parking: costly to park on campus, but a car is helpful to get around town


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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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