Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I heard this campus is very strict on alcohol usage and drugs.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't much about the housing, but from what I have heard it is acceptable. I'll be living on campus this semester, so then I can properly answer this question.

4 College Junior

Weather: You definitely get all four seasons here. Summer's hot, fall is breezy, winter has the occasional snow, and spring is a blessing. Sometimes classes are cancelled if there is snow or ice. The weather can be inconsistent, especially the transition between winter and spring. You can be hot one day, then cold the next.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants near campus and the variety is great. If you're up for a 15 minute walk to get to your food, there are bus options or delivery. The most popular include Chipotle, Jasmin's, Jimmy John's and many more.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm an Anthropology major currently and I hate it. It was my second choice when applying anyway. However, it's a State school in the South, so they have majors like Agriculture. They also have a really good business college and Veterinary program.

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3 College Senior

Parking: It is a long way to park your car if you are a freshman on campus. Alot of times you return with your car and there is no transportation to take you back to school. You are on your own to find a ride back. Not safe to walk!!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always felt safe but it is a large campus with alot of security which I like.

4 College Senior

Majors: I love my curriculum because I love writing and English. My advisors have been very positive about my ability which has given me more confidence.

4 College Senior

Weather: Typical North Carolina weather - usually no issue in getting to classes.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Local Attitude Toward Students – Raleigh is a very diverse city with alot of opportunities. It embraces the college students and offers many services to us. There are at least five colleges within the Raleigh city limits. All the college students get along and we visit several places at the same time. Raleigh is a great city to go to college in.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great options however hardly any are a pleasing distance from campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Unless someone is likely to get hurt or a party is out of control, they generally allow you to do whatever. If drugs are noticed they crack down hard though.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great quality but it closes so early and isn't open on weekends. It's like they're saying, better be safe after 5 P.M and all day saturday and sunday.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Fraternities are rarely checked upon, meaning you may see them at parties

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The campus has 3 dining halls, however one is reserved for athletes during dinner hour. As a freshman they are great places to eat. Our student center is currently being renovated. Currently it holds a sub shop, Taco Bell and a typical burger joint. The atrium is the place most people go in between classes. It has a great selection from pizza to wraps & salads, sushi and Chick-fil-a. I rated it so low due to the cost of everything, food is quite expensive. Luckily campus is in the middle of the city. There are fast food chains and small restaurants surrounding the campus you are not restricted to campus dining.

3 College Junior

Parking: What they lack in parking, they make up for in Wolfline. The bus comes and goes everywhere and you can always buy parking permits from private businesses across Hillsborough Street.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: There are students from all ethnicities and all walks of life at NCSU.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Wolfline is very convenient to use. However, it sometimes seems that the bus drivers are more concerned with their breaks than actually staying on time.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: As only having completed one year at State I don't know what it is like to own a car and live off of campus. As a freshman, you are allowed to have a car on-campus, but most freshman have to keep their cars at least a 10-minute bus ride away. It is easy to get parking permits, though, and they are not super expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: While there are rules in place to prevent underage drinking and things along those lines, it is not difficult to avoid getting caught. As long as you aren't obnoxious and obvious about your rule-breaking, you will probably be able to get away with it. It also depends on your individual RA and RM's in the dorms that can affect the strictness and overall experience. I haven't personally had any troubles, though.

3 College Junior

Computers: NC State has plenty of computer labs, but they can get fairly busy (especially around exam times). Wifi is available in most areas on campus, with the exception of a few dorms. A personal computer and printer will definitely make things easier, but it's possible to get by using only the school's resources.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm rooms are average. Very small and some options are better than others, but for the most part there's not much selection. Only a few offer single rooms. Housing applications are simple enough, but it's difficult to change rooms after move-in, even if you're stuck with a pretty bad roommate situation. Because the campus is so big, it's worth finding out where the majority of your classes will be, then picking your dorm based on location.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of off-campus housing and a wide range of prices. Most options are fairly close to campus, but are not always in the safest areas.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: RA's are usually pretty lenient and alcohol is allowed in many dorms. Too many warnings and you run the risk of losing your housing. Bad academic standing can cause you to not be able to participate in certain programs on campus. Campus police are reasonably fair, as you're allowed one parking violation before getting a ticket.

4 College Junior

Parking: The cost of permits could be reduced since majority of the parking is pretty far from our classes. The parking enforcement is really strict, a visitor MUSTobtain a parking pass to avoid a fee.


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Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
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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