Raleigh, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Lots to Do – The gym is a great facility! The machines are completely up to date and the hours are awesome. The library is also very good. There are certain parts designated to group study, silent reading, and just hanging out and eating ice cream.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Most Accepting School – NCSU is full of clubs and organizations for the acceptance of diversity. There are many international exchange students, and events that work towards acceptance.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tasty and Clean – The food can be very tasty and seems to be very clean, which is great. However, I have many dietary restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free) and it's not easy to find many of these foods.

5 College Senior

Computers: Labs Are Everywhere – I've never had a problem with findind somewhere to print because there are several labs on campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: Pretty Nice – The weather here is pretty good! North Carolina is very crazy anyways so it is something that you have to get used to

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not Many Choices – Nightlife is not really for anybody under 21, as most clubs are 21+. The 18+ clubs aren't bad, but they are usually really crowded and not worth the money.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hard to Get Enough Money in Aid – I didn't receive enough money to cover my Jr. year at State. I have about 3/4 of my tuition covered and I don't know how I will make up the rest of the money.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Impossible Craziness – Impossible with no permit, crowded, far from classes

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Campus – The Carmichael Gym Complex holds multiple weight rooms, indoor pools, studios with many classes for zumba, cardio, and pilates. There are courts for racquetball, basketball, tennis, and much more. Also there are volleyball courts all over campus where students gather during the spring semester. There is always something going on in the Brickyard with lots of free food and activities. There are many fast food joints and also a place that serves Chinese food. There is even places for frozen yogurt and a creamery with home-made ice cream! The library has great hangout places for students with great technology. Many people play video games there or just sit back and relax with an ice cream sundae. One of NCSU's greatest attractions is the "Free Expression Tunnel" where artists can showcase their talents using a can of spray paint, or where clubs and organizations can post the dates of their next meeting or party. On NCSU's campus, you will always find something to do.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Going to the Office in-Person Is Not Helpful – I visited the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in-person about three times, but when I asked for someone to speak with about potential scholarships, I was told to look on their website for any information. However, after filling out my FASFA, I was awarded with sufficient financial aid in the form of loans.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Strictly Enforces Permits – The availability of parking is average, but if you do not have a permit then expect to get a ticket. I have heard that leaving your car unattended for 5 minutes without a permit will result in a ticket.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather rarely is ever unexpected. It is sunny all of spring semester, and during the fall semester, the weather is bearable in a long sleeves shirt and a light jacket. You will always see people hanging out outside, and once spring hits, lots of people come out to play volleyball outside Tucker and Sullivan Halls.

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.


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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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