Raleigh, NC
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$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

Weather: Usually a comfortable temperature. Some winters it will snow which can be annoying, but it always melts pretty quickly.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Many Opportunities for Aid – I was offered several schollarships and I know NC State offers plenty of aid based on need and academic vigor.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Wish There Were More Places to Park – NC State offers some parking garages and lots but not enough to park close to classes

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Underclassmen Dorms Have Great Locations – Many dorms are centrally located. Those towards the edge of campus make up for the location by being very large.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Hard to Do – Hard to find enough money to completely cover expenses. Was in contact with a lady at the financial aid office and the last email she wrote me will be my last contact with her. Rude and unhelpful.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Animal Sciences – Only school in North Carolina with a veterinarian school. Lots of animal science programs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Kindof Expensive – Food is pretty decent, but seems pricey. It's a bit cheaper to just eat off campus, at least for me.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: GPA! GPA! You need a good GPA to get into any graduate school (3.5+). For engineering students like me, they recommend a 2.9, but to be competitive you really need a 3.0 or higher. I had to switch majors because my GPA was too low. The application process is easy, but the wait is agonizing.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Be Wary – The policy inforcement varies by RA and RD, but there is always alcohol visible in some form on weekends. Drug policies are very strict however, and although you may come into contact with some, when people are caught, its an immediate eviction.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good – There are plenty of quick serve restaurants on hillsborough right off campus, as well as Cameron Village nearby with a little higher end cuisine. Then on top of that there is downtown raleigh, with everything from mcdonald's to La Volta.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hipsters, Bros, and Country – Students are a diverse group, but a lot divide pretty easily into hipsters, bros, or country. The hipster interest in long boarding and skate boarding has increased and skinny jeans seem to be a girl and guy thing. Bros run in packs and have the typical visor, polo, and sperrys, but have become nicer. The country lot are usually pretty recognizable with jeans, tshirt, boots, and camo ball cap and they are usually always easy to get along with. Different people, but we all get along pretty well.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: North Carolina weather is always different. Somedays there will be sunshine and then the next day there is rain. You never know what you are going to get.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Room – I have a great time living on campus. I have met some really interesting people from different areas. I have one girl who is straight from China living next door to me. It is a great opportunity to meet new people living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe as Safe Can Get – State has one of the best Health and Safety Centers. I get escorted from my dorm to my night classes and do not have to worry about someone attacking me.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good teachers. Good food. Not a lot to do for students under 21. Only thing to do on weekends is parties

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – Lots of variety. Healthy options. Different food everyday for lunch and dinner. The food is pretty good.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: NC State is by far one of the most diverse schools on the east coast! We have so many unique student organizations. The GLBT(gay,lesbian,bisexual,transsexual)center, MENASA(Middle East and North African Student Association, and Black Student Board are just a few. At NC State we also have the freedom expression tunnel where students are encouraged to express themselves through spray painting the tunnel

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: New Home – NC state has been great its like a second home for me. i'm from PA and the locals down here are so welcoming and I hope to live down here in Raleigh after I graduate! GO PACK!

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: wolfline is free and triangle transit passes are free. you should never pay for transportation

3 College Student

Majors: Pre-Vet Courses – I am completing the prerequisites for the DVM program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and doing so while in a full-time position in Greensboro, NC; so I am quite busy trying to get everything done. For the most part, the courses I need are offered online through distance education, but there are several that I wish were more readily accessible to adult students like myself. I enjoy the courses that I am taking, mainly b/c I know that once completed I will be that much closer to my career goals. I do wish more lab and problem sections were available through distance education for the sciences that I am taking, it would make life much easier for me, and many adult students.

4 College Student

Academics: Overall I am satisfied with the academics so far at NCSU. I am only taking online courses at this point and I am impressed with the wide variety of technology used to deliver course materials, the accessibility of most professors is great and workload is quite manageable as long as you are good with your own time management. I do wish that a few more pre-vet course were offered through distance education, namely microbiology lab section, genetics and biochemistry.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh Activities – Overall, there are plenty of things to keep you active in Raleigh. They have a great selection of restaurants, mainly great vegetarian options, which is what I love. Also there are fun bars, good museums and the state fair comes to Raleigh every October.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: IS Major – The teachers and the advisors for IS majors are amazing. They are always willing to help students and find new opportunities for them. The classes that we take vary from science to arts and language classes and that is probably my favorite part of the curriculum. The classes broaden students views of life itself.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is very humid and can be very very hot. Mostly acceptable or pretty nice though and will get used to it after a while.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Large library and adding another soon! The food choices on campus are pretty good with some variability. The athletic center is great with many weight lifting rooms and plenty of different activities to do. Lots of campus activities always going on and the campus movie theater is great.


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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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