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

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are few houses in walking distance from the college and almost every house or apartment is extremely expensive. The most sensible thing to do is get a house in the Neighboring city, Carrie.

4 College Junior

Academics: Good School. Not MIT but definitively a great engineering uni.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is okay, could be better but it is Raleigh so it is understandable

3 College Junior

Athletics: We Went to Sweet16 in Basketball and Went to a Bowl in Football – I love NC State sports, we might not be like Ohio State or Florida in football and basketball, but we are up there! Great rivalry with UNC

4 College Junior

Majors: Computer Engineering – I love computers, so computer engineering was an easy fit for me. The program here is rigorous but it has exposed me to new things and has helped me do better in my core classes too.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I would prefer off campus housing due to the amenities offered in relatively the same price range as on campus housing.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are several modes of transportation available, however most places are in walking distance except for the Ag Campus, fairgrounds and RBC center.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Hillsborough Street – There are quite a few eating establishments which vary in price and quality. Students are sure to find good food at a decent price.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Around Campus – Housing around campus can sometimes be sketchy. You have to really know the area that you're looking at to see if it's in a bad neighborhood. The best place to live as a freshmen coming in is University Towers. It's basically right on campus and you can walk to classes. The only downfall is that it's pretty expensive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather here is perfect! We have warm summers and cool winters. Out of my 4 years of being here I've only missed 3-4 days of classes because of snow. It hardly ever snows and if it does it's only a few inches.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The buildings are pretty old. However, a lot of renovations are currently taking place so they should be a lot nicer soon!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Most Popular – You'll see drunk people walking back through dorms or hear about the party scene if you stay up past midnight. Only one incident with any type of hardcore drug I heard of this past year, I believe either acid or mushrooms. Never ran into any peer pressure.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – There are emergency poles lit at every corner that have buttons that can be pressed if a crime takes place. There are also security escorts willing to drive you to your destination on campus if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your surroundings. Also, the campus police send out crime messages when incidents do occur.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Lots to Do – The gym is a great facility! The machines are completely up to date and the hours are awesome. The library is also very good. There are certain parts designated to group study, silent reading, and just hanging out and eating ice cream.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Most Accepting School – NCSU is full of clubs and organizations for the acceptance of diversity. There are many international exchange students, and events that work towards acceptance.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tasty and Clean – The food can be very tasty and seems to be very clean, which is great. However, I have many dietary restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free) and it's not easy to find many of these foods.

5 College Senior

Computers: Labs Are Everywhere – I've never had a problem with findind somewhere to print because there are several labs on campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: Pretty Nice – The weather here is pretty good! North Carolina is very crazy anyways so it is something that you have to get used to

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not Many Choices – Nightlife is not really for anybody under 21, as most clubs are 21+. The 18+ clubs aren't bad, but they are usually really crowded and not worth the money.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hard to Get Enough Money in Aid – I didn't receive enough money to cover my Jr. year at State. I have about 3/4 of my tuition covered and I don't know how I will make up the rest of the money.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Impossible Craziness – Impossible with no permit, crowded, far from classes

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Campus – The Carmichael Gym Complex holds multiple weight rooms, indoor pools, studios with many classes for zumba, cardio, and pilates. There are courts for racquetball, basketball, tennis, and much more. Also there are volleyball courts all over campus where students gather during the spring semester. There is always something going on in the Brickyard with lots of free food and activities. There are many fast food joints and also a place that serves Chinese food. There is even places for frozen yogurt and a creamery with home-made ice cream! The library has great hangout places for students with great technology. Many people play video games there or just sit back and relax with an ice cream sundae. One of NCSU's greatest attractions is the "Free Expression Tunnel" where artists can showcase their talents using a can of spray paint, or where clubs and organizations can post the dates of their next meeting or party. On NCSU's campus, you will always find something to do.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Going to the Office in-Person Is Not Helpful – I visited the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in-person about three times, but when I asked for someone to speak with about potential scholarships, I was told to look on their website for any information. However, after filling out my FASFA, I was awarded with sufficient financial aid in the form of loans.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Strictly Enforces Permits – The availability of parking is average, but if you do not have a permit then expect to get a ticket. I have heard that leaving your car unattended for 5 minutes without a permit will result in a ticket.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather rarely is ever unexpected. It is sunny all of spring semester, and during the fall semester, the weather is bearable in a long sleeves shirt and a light jacket. You will always see people hanging out outside, and once spring hits, lots of people come out to play volleyball outside Tucker and Sullivan Halls.


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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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