Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 1975 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Corporate Fast Food 95% around campus – The food offered just off campus is 95% corporate junk food. It is really really sad.....

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I always have difficulties when submitting FAFSA documents. They always take a long time to process.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: NC State University has a moderately good bus transportation system. Many students live off campus and the bus conveniently have stops right by or close to the off -campus housings. They also run on weekends during the night.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh, NC – The main campus is in walking distance from downtown. There are convenient stores just across from campus and there are many things to do.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Hard, but Fulfilling! Biology is tuff at NC State. We are well known for our science course, so the work load is tuff. I do enjoy it, but it is not easy. I have only been here for one semester, but the professors I have had so far have been great for the most part. They give you easy assignments that can help your grades.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is perfect weather here. Hot in the summer, warm in the fall/spring and cold in the wonter. Classes are really far from the dorms, so it can get a little cold walking during the winter time. But, once the weather turns nice, everyone hangs out outside.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Big School Safe – I have never felt unsafe on NCSU campus. It is a big, but they keep it safe. You have to have a key to get into the dorm then into your own suite, so there is little chance of petty theft.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Experience Opportunities Are Plenty – There are tons of ways to get experience for your major including heaps of co-op opportunities. There are always top flight companies like Wells Fargo and Wachovia that give presentations and opportunities for interviews to get internships and co-ops.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Always Available – Because we have an engineering campus separate and somewhat far away from our normal campus there are always university sanctioned buses running and they can take you just about anywhere. On top of that, most of the popular apartment complexes have shuttles that go to and from the main campus for students. You can definitely survive NC State without a car.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life has a decent reputation on campus. It seems like people who are a part of it really enjoy and those who aren't don't seem to care about it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: OK but Repetitive – dining hall food is good with plenty of ice cream! plenty of space to eat. nice fast food places and good campus stores to get a snack.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: NCSU has some of the best science programs around the triangle. I would definintely reccommend this school to anyone wanting to study a science

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Dress Code – There area a lot of different styles at NCSU, the ones that stick out the most are the college of management students who can always be seen in their polo shirts, khakis, and dress shoes.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Freedom Pass – The freedom pass is a wonderful invention. Its unlimited access to the dining halls, you can swipe your card every thirty minutes. So you can eat, just hang out with friends, whatever. Also with the freedom pass you can use the equivalency. which means you get 4.75 for breakfast and 5.85 for lunch and dinner to spend at any of the on campus restraunts.

5 College Senior

Facilities: High Quality Professors and Academic Network – If you're here for science or engineering, you're getting an exceptional education. The humanities departments are small but of extraordinarily high quality. Frankly the university doesn't deserve them, but they really enrich an otherwise small community. That smallness is great if you like interaction with your professors. It can be difficult to get that level of interaction in the sciences and engineering schools though. Plus, the proximity of the Research Triangle Park, Duke University and the University of Chapel Hill make the quality of additional curricular activities very rewarding academically and professionally.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Just Be Smart About Your Partying – If you keep your grades up and don't make much trouble in the dorms, you're good to go. You'll get more problems from city police than anyone else (e.g. parking violations, noise violations, underage drinking citations). Just don't let the parties get out of control, turn down the noise later in the night, and try to be careful where you park (carpool!). The school does keep an eye on your grades, though, and is fast to let you know when academic performance is unacceptable.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Utilitarian but Solid, Clean and Green – The facilities on Central and North campus are a little old and aesthetically outdated, but they are solid, utilitarian structures. The science and engineering buildings are incredibly nice and up to date, though. The gym is an exceptionally large facility, and the library is enormous with lots of room and computers for studying. The Learning Commons is a great place to study in groups or just hang out, and it's always fun to watch the video games on the big screen TVs. Campus is pretty and they take good care of it in terms of cleanliness and beauty. Access to rich, green parks and courtyards in the area is abundant. The dorms tend to be older-looking, but the campus activities and sense of community make up for it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No Tolerance Policy – There is a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol and thus are very seriously punished. Main thing is to keep it at a minimum and try not to do it on campus if you can avoid it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Friendly and Open – The dorms at NC State are pretty good. Main thing is applying early and getting into dorms closer to central campus. Overall housing is very open and fun.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: College Campus With the City Feel – There is much to do around NC State. On one side of the campus you have Hillsborough Street which contains various restaurants and other businesses geared for college students. Since it is near the center of Downtown Raleigh there is always something to do, even on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh Is a Very Well Rounded City – raleigh is an incredible town to be in, lots to do and many great people. Downtown is very nice and very clean.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: its lovely looking from the outside – My couple of semesters there was enjoyable, based on the college and campus itself. Its not very bussling and crowded and you can run into the same people most days. On the buses they are quiet and awkward sometimes, so just take your time and look around and relax and you will feel right at home and you wont want to rush back to sit in your lonely room.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Know people early, groups are abound – It is very tough for the average guy or girl that doesnt already know other students attending especially if transferring. Work on this at the Tech or CC then either live on campus or at university friendly apartments. I lived on my own, took the bus, and worked at a restaurant and my friends were limited. Its not a openly friendly environment at all. The girls were absorbed and picky, especially if they havent ever made eye contact with them beforehand. Dont build a 'creepy' reputation, even though that is a vague and different term than it should be. The North Face wearing girls know what they are doing and looking extra pretty and standing out, but they wont give you the time of day if you arent their 'style' and its a shame.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Skip Downtown – If you arent ready to pay for gas, parking, and then high end liquors and walking then just hang around campus areas. Try to find a dorm or apartment party at the least, then if going down the street to say Sammy's then finding a chill place to meet new people or hang with friends isnt far actually. Do have many 'go-to' friends if you are ina bind and dont have a secure ride, as the taxi system is very sketchy.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You had better be ready for daily homework and weekly quizzes, and then memorization of basic practical knowledge is a must. Try to use it in other classes you take like Economics and Calculus. This is not a major you just enter and then pass through barely, you will fail if you dont put in the effort and apply memory and everything you are writing down.


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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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