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 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Utilitarian but Solid, Clean and Green – The facilities on Central and North campus are a little old and aesthetically outdated, but they are solid, utilitarian structures.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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a History Major – Being a history major is strenuous, but rewarding. Just in the required seminar you come out of it fully aware of what it means to be a historian.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are always buses that go to and from athletic events, but because our student body is so large the wait can sometimes be extremely long, especially after football games. It is probably quicker to walk the 3 miles back to campus than it is to wait for a bus. Busing is always "free" as it is included in tuition.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – I feel fairly safe, but in the past two months here there have been about six people who have fallen victim to armed robberies. These usually happen to girls. They tell us to walk with friends, but the other day I woke up to an email saying there was an armed robbery on campus with two girls being the victims.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Would Like to in the Future – At my previous school at California State University Monterey Bay, I had the opportunity of being a Service Learning Student Leader and benefited greatly from the rich experience. The position helped shaped me to be more punctual and organized and also connected me with the campus as well as the community. I learned how to lead a facilitation, manage community service opportunities as well as hours, network with community partners, and help students develop a deeper meaning of social justice and compassion towards others. I hope to connect with an internship similar to this in North Carolina within the next semester.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'd Do It Again – I really like NC State because it has a diverse set of students and everyone is really nice. People are always willing to go out of there way and help out and it is easy to make friends. The campus also does a good job on providing activities for all students to enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although many students on campus are mostly conservative, I feel that everyone is generally open-minded and polite. I definitely thank Southern hospitality and mannerisms for creating the welcoming atmosphere.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Good – Frats throw some pretty good parties, but they definitely have room to improve. There is some fun stuff to do downtown as well and hanging out in the dorms can be fun too.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty good variety of foods offered at the dining halls. Usually eat at Clark.

4 College Freshman

Computers: have plenty of the latest mac computers that also run windows.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Too Sure – Alcohol is a problem off campus but on campus, rules are enforced. I try not to involve myself personally in crowds that use alcohol or drugs illegaly- so it's hard to provide a full assessment

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Overall, not pleased with price or quality of off-capus dining facilities. At least, places within walking distance. NCSU students are offered discounts but off-campus dining still can be pretty pricey.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh, NC – NCSU offers many activities for students to get engaged on campus. And the city of Raleigh offers plenty to do as well

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Being a school with 90% in state students and 10% out of state, there is no diversity. The school is very religious, and I'm not. Coming from the north it is difficult to meet people who are like you. Just like Northerners have stereotypes about the South, Southerners have stereotypes about the North. If you come here, just be prepared for a quiet nightlife and meet a lot of in state students.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not so great – I'm an out of state freshman, and nightlife is terrible. Theres usually nothing going on besides small frat parties. It may be better if you know a lot of people from high school going here, but if you don't know anyone nightlife is definitely lacking. If you are looking for a school with good night life, I'll save you the trouble of going here and being disappointed.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If you are coming out of state, be prepared for a lot of in state kids. There is no diversity and "Northerners" are viewed as outcasts. If you're looking for good nightlife, this is NOT the school you want to go to. If you don't know that many people here, odds are you won't like it here. I'm transferring mid-year; and other Northerners don't like it here as well.

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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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