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

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Our campus police are very strict on students walking around with open containers. Many underage drinking tickets are given out in order to show students that they are not playing around. If you are going to drink dont carry it around campus with you. Be smart. I would say that drugs are not very visible on campus. I have not been in any situations involving drugs

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in dorms has both pros and cons. I lived in Tucker Hall my freshman year at NC State. The pros are that youre around a lot of people all of the time. Its fun to be social and go to events with the people who live in your dorm. You get to meet new people that way. Thats how I met my best friends =] Some of the cons are the rules. Some dorms wont let you have guests of the opposite sex. And the Resident Advisors can sometimes be harsh. But other than that dorm life was the best.

3 College Junior

Parking: Tickets Will Come – Don't park unless you have a permit or you will almost certainly get a ticket. If you are off campus you won't be able to drive to get to classes as spots are reserved for faculty and those who live on campus. You can drive and park on campus on weekends and after 5pm on weekdays.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Large Variety – Even if you are staying on campus there is a huge variety with the dining halls and two separate on campus locations that have a wide variety of selection

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Many Choices to Choose from – Raleigh is a gigantic metropolitan area and has many hot spots. NC State is near several other colleges including Shaw and NCCU. It about a 30 minute drive to UNC-CH, which is our biggest rival. The campus of NC State is very diverse, if you want to enjoy yourself, seek out numerous events going on throughout campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Great Here – I do enjoy the school very much. There is lots going on all the time, but it never feels like anything is pressuring the students to do what they do not want to do.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are some parking options the campus provides that are free while the majority of the parking has a rather hefty fee.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food/Dining on Campus – There are multiple dining halls, some of them resembling a food court in a mall. There are hundreds of vending machines with drinks and food all over campus.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: State Is Great – The community here is not only accepting, but also very outgoing and outreaching. There are many places to find people with common interests.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Hillsborough Street – There are many places of good variety nearby that are in walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Human Biology – The courses I take are fairly tough. Chemistry is taught very well at this school. There are many great clubs that correspond to my major and are helpful for developing professionalism.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is different at most times of the day. It changes very frequently. It's rainy so bring rain boots.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring a Car If You Don't Have to – While there is a decent amount of parking at NCSU for student and faculty that have permits, if you're just visiting there is almost zero parking for you. They're more lenient during move in and move out week, but it's still ridiculous the lack of parking that exists. If you park on campus without a permit, you just get a warning ticket from the NCSU police. As for the need of a car on campus, it's not really that needed. If you need anything it's either on campus, in easy walking distance, or a bus can take you to it. If you're a student at NCSU you can get this thing called a Go-Pass for free so you can use public transportation at no cost.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: A Huge Melting Pot – NCSU has a huge range of different types of people, and it doesn't just stop at race. While we have many races, we also have many religions, beliefs, sexualities, political views, and personalities at NCSU.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Take Advantage – Free buses that run often, You can obtain a free bus pass for the entire year to use on raleigh city buses which go anywhere you need, bicycles and skateboards are everywhere, but everything is in walking distance, including hookah bars and restaurants and book stores.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Very Fun and Mostly Family-Friendly – Varsity sports at NC State are a pretty big deal. Our fans are known for traveling very well to away games, and home games for all sports are usually pretty packed. The support of the fans as well as the great bands for football and basketball make attending any sporting event here a good time.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse and Accepting – Every campus has that group of students who hates everyone and isn't afraid to show that, but for the most part here at State everyone is very friendly and accepting to all genders and races.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Adequate but Not Amazing – The dining halls are clean and offer many options, but the food usually leaves much to be desired. Depending on which meal plan you purchase, you can use your "meal equivalency" for each "meal period" to eat at other restauraunts on campus such as Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-a, etc. After freshman year, when you have figured out other food options, I would suggest getting a smaller meal plan.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is a great school for recognition post-graduation. The engineering degree, however, contains the most challenging course the really drive a stress level up. State is an excellent institution. I would just reconsider my degree if I had to do it over.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Like any other college town, alcohol is clearly visible and available, but not necessarily recommended. If caught underage drinking, students can lose scholarships and other academic advantages. However, social drinking is popular, you just have to choose the right crowd.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The football program is excellent. The fans are extremely supportive of the Wolfpack! These games are the most exciting sporting event that I've ever had the pleasure of going to.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is not free during the business day but at all other times it is.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I do not know to much about it. The students involved are easy to spot.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Flag Football – Flag football intramurals are the best. All students from every grade participate.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Frat Bros and Sorostitutes – There are a wide variety of fraternities and sororities around campus. With a lot of frats and sororities comes a lot of people in them. They are typically not a problem to me, but they can seem kind of uppity to some people.


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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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