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Raleigh, NC
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21,469
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2228 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletics perform excellent on the court and in the classroom. They have a great balance to ensure to represent NCSU good athletically but as well as academically.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus police have immediate response to a violation. Its a big campus but the campus police do their work excellently to ensure everyone's safety.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I never encountered a scene like this on campus yet or never heard about drug usage yet on campus thru email.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful, especially in the summer and spring. The winters definitely get cold though (colder than the Piedmont... this is NOT Charlotte "cold"), so be prepared for that.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I pretty much always feel safe on campus. If you use common sense (not walking alone at night; using the buddy system; utilizing campus escort/the Wolfline buses if you have to be alone at night...) you should be fine.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is over 70% White, but racial diversity does exist here. There are plenty of organizations that cater to racial minorities. Our Multicultural Students Association is excellent, booming with opportunity, and ready with approachable staff to help us find our fit. Overall I'd say NC State is pretty accepting, but you definitely do have your eggheads who either have not had much exposure to minorities, or grew up in racist backgrounds or something like that. Some people will say some off the wall stuff, write it in the Free Expression Tunnels... etc., a few times I've had to sit down and educate the genuinely ignorant who have said something to me. Some people are ignorant, but I wouldn't say that racism is the prevalent attitude here though. Minorities can thrive at NC State, in comfort level and opportunity. I'm one of them. I would say people are pretty accepting of religious differences here as far as attitudes go (beware of the scary preacher guy, he's crazy.. but that's on any college campus just about) but there are campus ministries for many faiths. Political views vary, and during election season this year it was pretty intense, but in general political views are pretty diverse. There's a mix of acceptance with the LGBTQ community. There are many resources here, and most people are accepting I would say. But I mean, everywhere you go there will be some people who don't agree with or accept the LGBTQ community. I would say it's an even mix of people who do and do not accept/agree, from what I've seen anyway.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel like there are a variety of classes that you can take as electives for my major (zoology). Most professors have experience in the field and can provide valuable information regarding careers. My academic adviser is also very knowledgable and is able to help me move courses around to fill the requirements that I need. Most of the zoology classes are in one of like three or so buildings, which is nice as well. There are also several clubs available to help people network and learn more about possible careers, including Roots and Shoots Animal Conservation Club, Zoology Club, Companion Animal Club, Biology Club, Leopold Club and more.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The campus registration process is pretty annoying, though easy to navigate. What bothers me is the Gen. Ed. courses. There are lots of courses but none that go well with my major and I hate having to take time away from being able to take major-related classes to take unrelated classes like African American Studies or Current Social Problems. The workload is definitely challenging, depending on your area of study. In the sciences, you can pretty much plan to have no free time. Professors vary. Some of my professors have been fantastic and have gone above and beyond to help me understand the material and do my best. Others, not so much.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's a variety of people at the school who come from different cultures and backgrounds, which I appreciate. There is a fair share of girls who only seem to be there to party, though.

4 College Junior

Transportation: We have a campus bus system which is very convenient. This bus system has bus stops off campus as well including bus stops at some of the local grocery stores, shopping areas, and apartment complexes.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of attractions, activities, events etc. on campus and in the Raleigh area in general. There is always something to do on campus(we have many events, concerts, campus theater, music center, etc.) NC State is also close to malls, shopping areas, museums, etc.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: It takes a long time to get a campus escort. You cannot get a campus escort until 10 o'clock but it get's dark way before 10 o'clock. We get notified via text when there are crimes on campus but it is usually a while after the crime has been reported.

2 College Junior

Weather: There are missing bricks all over the campus which can be dangerous when there is bad weather(rain, snow, ice, etc.). There are also certain parts of the campus that flood often when it rains.

4 College Junior

Facilities: NC State boasts very good academic programs, and although it's not as good as Chapel Hill overall, it's still a very great school that anyone should be proud to go to.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of parties to go to, and several places to go to if you're over 21, such as bars and clubs.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: NC State has a very large greek life, so they have a pretty good presence on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's a lot of places to choose from, but unfortunately a lot of the places are completely overpriced for average apartments.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are very big at NCSU. There is a lot of pride in the Wolfpack and students get the most excited when they are able to attend the football games and basketball games!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is very mixed. It rains, it gets really hot, and it also gets really cold. However, it rarely ever snows.

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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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