Raleigh, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2196 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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5 College Student

Weather: Mild, sunny, and wearing shorts for three seasons... possibly a hooded sweatshirt in the middle of winter.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: You can walk EVERYWHERE. The weather is nice and all of the dorms are accessible to classes, close to the library and near the food!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People Are Average – There are the run of the mill guys and girls, average, hot, not so hot.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are tunnels under the train tracks and in one you are allowed to paint and spray paint whatever you want. It is called the freedom expression tunnel. Whenever State plays UNC there is a ram roast and people stay up all night to paint the tunnel red and keep red.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Animal Science – There are alot of programs to do and lots of clubs to be a part of. Work load can be kind of heavy.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students Dress up Southern Style – Students like to look nice, with a touch of the prep look.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Different Stereotypes – At NC State there are different cliques. It is not a positive nor negative aspect of campus. This school is big on agriculture therefore we have a lot of southern students. NC State is also big in Greek life, so we have alot of sorority girls and fraternity boys.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Printing on Campus Is Difficult – I find it difficult when trying to print on campus. In order to print anything off a printer, say in the library, you have to have money on your ID card called the "print quota". I don't this is useful, because sometimes I find myself in a rush and forgot to print something at home. When I get on campus I find out I can't print off here either because I am not registered for a print quota, which prevents me from printing out what I needed.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is usually never a problem. Workload can definitely be a lot, it is not uncommon for a majority of students to be studying most of the week.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: dorms are pretty nice. the tri towers are the smalllest and wood hall is the furthest from classes.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, I would choose to go to NCSU again if I had the choice. The social life, sports, and academics are all what I was looking for in a school.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off campus housing options available. Several apartment complexes surround campus and are pretty affordable 4 bedrooms ususally cost around uppers 400s per month

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather can change 3 times in one day. Otherwise it is typical southern weather. Very windy at times.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is fairly prevalent. It is not common for everyone to being a frat or sorority, but many people are. Greek circle is scheduled to be made new as well, as the houses are very old.


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Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
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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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