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Raleigh, NC
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21,469
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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Average
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Reviews 1985 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Capital's Charm – Raleigh is a charming place to live in and people are very friendly. Its small town atmosphere provides a level of comfort to students, and the excellent transportation system makes it easy to travel all over the city and even to the Chapel Hill area. The nightlife is great, but I would suggest getting to clubs around 10:30pm or 11:00 unless you are ok with waiting in line for an hour.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent Facilities and Teachers – The teachers know what they are talking about and the classrooms are state of the art. As an animal science major I have many choices as to how I want to go about my major and I have an advisor to help with out with each step along the way. You take from 14 to 16 hours a semester which is only about 7 classes and some only meet three days and week or even once or twice. I am done everyday by 5 if not sooner.

3 College Freshman

Majors: School Helps You Find Interships – I fully plan to do an internship in Vet School. NC State works with you to help you find an appropriate internship and has connections with many places in Raleigh to assist with this.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Wide Range – NC State has a wide variety of students and you can find people from all over on campus. You will find southern accents though in most of them since it is part of the south.

3 College Freshman

Parking: When you get on campus they tell you that freshman are not allowed to park on campus and upper classmen have a hard time finding good spots. Most people chose to use bikes to avoid the parking issue when classes are farther apart.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh Has a Lot to Do – There is a lot to do around Raleigh, and even if you don't have a car, you can still get to fun stuff. Hillsborough Street is right near the campus, and you can walk there in a few minutes; there's a lot of restaurants there. There's also buses you can catch to reach other areas of Raleigh (such as Crabtree Mall).

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Hall Style Dorms Are the Best – Some dorms aren't pretty (Lee, Sullivan), others are great (I really like the hall-style dorms, which tend to be much nicer and larger rooms - think Becton, Tucker, Syme, etc). The suite-style dorms can be annoying if your suite mates are loud. Choosing a smaller dorm building is better, because they tend to be nicer.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: NCSU has great fans! We have an incredibly loud student section! Our basketball team is getting better every year and our football team is awesome! We are a work in progress!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Just Alright – The dining hall food is probably just like any other college campus. The prices are not bad and the vendors on campus are really good.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Change Is in Progress – NC State has an amazing gym that is always being updated. The student center and a new library are currently in the works and will be available soon. Campus activities will always keep you busy!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Many Choices! Raleigh has something to offerer to anyone whether they like quiet and relaxing or more fast paced and exciting. It is not far from other cities like Durham, Chapel Hill, or Greensboro which allows for fun road trips full of exploring North Carolina.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Variety of People – NC State University has a wide variety of students. There are many different religions, ethnic groups, and political groups. If you wanted to be involved with people of similar interests, there is always a group of people willing to take you in.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are two busing systems available to everyone. Wolfline, the system that most students use to travel to class, comes to a variety of stops around town where most students would be. There is also the public transportation system of Raleigh that goes anywhere you want. You also have the option to use your car. However, to park on campus, you would need to have a parking permit. Therefore, most students use the Wolfline.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Rain Makes Lakes – The weather on campus is pretty good. On sunny days if its hot, there are plenty of trees and thus shaded spots to walk under when you are going to class. Though, because of the plant life there is a lot of pollen during the springtime and it gave me some really bad allergy symptoms. But, the real reason I gave the weather on campus an A- is because when it rains the bricks don't soak up the water. So on all the routes to buildings there are gigantic puddles everywhere. Bring rainboots! You will need them!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – I just got finished with my freshmen year at NC State, and I liked all variety of food places and the menu each one had. The dining halls are always a hit and miss for me, but there is always something you can eat there. I love Chick-fil-a, yet the I thought it was a full and not an express. The food there is not bad, but it doesn't taste like a regular Chick-fil-a. Though, Zen Blossom at the Atrium improved second semester and has really good sesame chicken. For those coffee and tea lovers, there is always an open Port City Java close.
One thing for sure, students should definitely stop by the Creamery in D.H. Hill.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate the university but is very noticable.

2 College Junior

Academics: Need More Class Sections – In general the buildings and animal educational units could use some help and improvement. There is little budgeting for Animal Science, it all goes to engineering. Classes are being cut or have fewer sections even though it's one of the most popular majors. It's a lot harder than it sounds, you have to take more chemistry classes than a chem major and the general ed class options are horrible.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses need more effective routes and better times. Parking is horrible! The decks can be ok, but the lots have spaces that are entirely too small and terrible parkers (taking up several spots, etc.) are often not ticketed. Parking is out on the edges, no where near where you need to go. It usually takes 10-15 min to walk from your car to where you need to go.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Learn to Walk a Lot – A lot of places will offer coupons at the beginning of the school year. Students make up a lot of their business around here. Most places are either a long walk to get to or require a car/ bus.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Need a Car – There are only a few places to go that are close enough to walk to. Everything else is a 10-15 min drive to downtown or to any shopping center.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Could Do Better – A lot of buildings on campus are old and falling apart, but of course they don't renovate those. Several buildings/ dorms should have been torn down years ago. There is smoking absolutely everywhere, getting stuck behind one in the tunnels can be torturous. There are rules requiring smokers to be 25 ft away from the build, but no one follows this or enforces it. Campus dining probably causes a lot of stomach issues. There are several bad neighborhoods nearby so crime can be a problem, especially if the homeless wander on campus. Bikes are only safe if you have a u-bolt lock. Cars should always be locked. It's also not hard at all to get into a dorm without a key.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most apartment complexes are old and kinda dumpy. College affiliated complexes are way too expensive and there are parties all the time. Most complexes are not within walking distance, and quite a few don't have a good bus system.

3 College Junior

Majors: Attempting to Graduate on Time With a Decent Gpa – Many classes required for graduation for several majors have only one teacher or very few sections so you have to use seniority to get in, even though it's a low level class. Some classes only a have one good teacher, if you don't get that teacher your gpa is screwed. All the good teachers are leaving, the horrible teachers aren't being fired, and the new teachers have no idea what they're doing. It's very hard to get into classes you need, the system for who gets to register first needs a major overhaul. It needs to be by credits only, not if you're in an honors program or athletics.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Need Work – Dorms are in need of renovation, most are falling apart. There is very little sound proofing between dorm rooms. The elevators rarely work properly. Parking near dorms is horrible as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: University Towers – I have enjoyed living at UT and plan to stay fro my Soph year. The students and staff have been great. Everything I need.

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Matthew J. Cote
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Teaneck, NJ
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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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