Raleigh, NC
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Reviews 2222 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Hillsborough St and Western Blvd offer tons of cheap options within walking distance to campus. Cameron Village and Downtown Raleigh provide excellent food for more money.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very strict during the school day. Spots are very limited, sometimes far away, and permits are pricey.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: NC State is a unique school where anyone can find their niche, group, desired major, course of study, and desired living situation. The school caters to any life goals and desires. There's truly something for everyone, and somewhere for anyone to fit in!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to choose from off-campus to eat. The problem is choosing where to go! There are great local places, and there are still a few I have yet to go to, and all the common chain restaurants. However, after games, if you want to eat out, good luck with waiting in line, because everyone likes to go to the same places after a game (Cookout, Bojangles, McDonald's, etc.).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of places to live just off of campus! This upcoming fall will be my first semester off-campus and I really like the place we are living at. My three roommates and I all each have our own room and bathroom. The cost is also very nice, a big reduction from the price of living on campus. Also, our landlord seems lie a great guy and he's done a lot for us already to hook us up with a place. I'm very excited and would suggested living off-campus at least for one of the years you are in college.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: So since I don't drink I don't know much about nightlife, but I hang out with my friends a lot, even at night, and we are able to find something fun to do on any given night.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Honestly, I could tell you a thing about Greek Life. I don't drink or party and I feel like that is half of their entire college life so I have nothing in common with them. I feel like they think they are better than everyone else, which bugs me, and they all dress the same! But I know that's not just an NC State thing. I don't like Greek Life in general. You can have fun without drinking all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Honestly, our fan base easily overshadows how well our teams actually perform, but that's okay because it really helps our teams during games and it shows that we have a lot of pride in our school. I know for a fact that our athletes are spoiled because their facilities are nice, their dining hall is a step above the others, and I feel like they get new free equipment everyday. In short, we really care about our athletes at NC State.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For me, getting financial aid is easy to get. However, getting a scholarship outside of financial aid is very hard. I have yet to receive a scholarship through NC State and I have applied fro quite a few. I am assuming that it is because it is just really competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: North Carolina weather in general is crazy. On Monday it could be perfect outside with sunshine and a calm breeze, but then Wednesday it could be snowing and you have to miss classes the next day. You never know what's going to happen so just make sure you have all kinds of clothing throughout the entire year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never experienced anything personally that would make me question the safety of NC State, but we do get quite a few crime alerts each semester. However, they tend to be things that could have been prevented if the students were more cautious (after all we do live in the city limits). There have been two or three cases where students were actually robbed and that's where I begin to worry but our campus police are very quick about finding and catching the offenders.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall, I'd have to say campus strictness is pretty average.They tend to be very strict about some things like the honor code, visitation hours in the dorms, and parking. On the other hand they are very lenient about other things such as, underage drinking, drinking in general, and attendance to class. I couldn't say much about this because I don't usually do things that test how strict campus policies are.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing at NC State is pretty good! I've spent two years living on campus and one of the things I love is that the resident community is pretty close regardless of which part of campus you live in. Another interesting thing is that the different residential communities, west campus, central campus, and east campus, are all very different areas and you are guaranteed to get a different experience based on where you live. Living on campus in general is very conveinient and a great way to make friends for people new to college. The having a good RA is just a matter of luck, but I'm pretty sure that no matter what their personality is, they want to make sure they are on good terms with you so that you can feel comfortable with approaching them with an issue.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local has a life to it that makes it a second home for me. Everyday I am able to find something to do, whether its watching the baseball team play during the weekends, going to the park, or hanging out downtown. It's very close to the downtown area which makes things very fun and interesting. Also, the students on campus all seem to be very friendly! I can't think of one time someone hasn't held the door open for someone else. Our sports teams aren't the greatest, but you can be sure that our student body is the rowdiest and that we will support our team no matter what! In other words, we have a lot of spirit and pride towards our school. I love NC State!

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school isn't strict about anything, really, except parking without a permit and the honor code (cheating in class, basically). Also, drinking citations are given out pretty easily.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: campus crime is not very frequent. Still, I feel much safer walking in a group at night.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus busses are very frequent and easy to get on. City busses go everywhere in Raleigh and are used by students often.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Workload and curriculum are challenging but rewarding, especially math and science (the school's strongest subjects).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dining is really good. While it will most likely cost the average person $5-8 per meal, that is about the same as on campus. There is a variety of meal options close by ranging from Chinese food, to an Irish restaurant, to pizza, subs, Korean, and Mediterranean food. I normally do not get a student discount, however.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is rather expensive. Apartments throughout Raleigh will easily run $500-600 dollars per month. However, living on campus is expensive as well. Transportation to campus is simple because of the Wolfline and CAT bus systems.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is a big part of NC State. The Wolfpack is always a fan favorite among the students no matter how bad the team is that year. The Carmichael Gym is a wonderful athletic facility on campus with a variety of weights, treadmills, machines, and a huge Olympic style pool. Football and Basketball tickets are easy to come by, free for students.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a huge amount of fun to be had all around campus. The Wolfprowl bus picks up students at night to go to clubs and parties all around Raleigh. There are many hot bars and dance clubs nearby to go to on Gorman Street and elsewhere in downtown Raleigh. Wild parties are held by greek organizations that result in heavy drinking and debauchery. Normal fun (my kind) can be found by hanging out with friends in dorms.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of life as many men and women pledge to sororities and fraternities early in freshman year. It costs a substantial amount of money (to me) to get into these organizations, but many don't view non-Greeks differently than greeks. Many fun parties are had due to greek organizations.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: NC state is strict about alcohol use in dorms, that can get you kicked out. They are also strict about the honor code, violation of that can get you flunked and on probation academically. Parking is extremely strict, you park where you aren't supposed to and you will get a ticket within 30 minutes to an hour. However, much "fun" is still to be had as you can get away with alcohol and marijuana use and greek parties.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process to receive financial aid is simple. Fill out your FAFSA every spring and you will get it processed for aid. However, if you are a dependent on your parent's taxes and you have to wait for them to file a return, you may not be able to file until late March or April. In this case, since the school is so large, you may only get grant/scholarship money to cover only half of your tuition (less money, more students).


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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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