Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 1975 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The guys are worried about fitting in while the girls could care less.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: VERY SAFE – On this campus I feel I will be very safe. I love the emergency telephones on the light poles.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are lots of rules, but none really enforced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Life on Campus – Dorms: I live in lee, its not bad...typical dorm but bathrooms are a little small.
Social: Typical social situation, lots of people, not very diverse
Cost: Feasible for in-state anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are great. You can check out macbook airs. And most of the computers our Macs...other brands include Lenovo and a few dells.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: College of Engineering – I came to NC State for the engineering program. There are so many opportunities to connect with others in the field, possible future employers, etc. It is absolutely great.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen Can Bring Cars! There is very little parking for underclassmen but freshman are able to briong cars with them, however don't expet to be able to get to it easily.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There to Learn – There are quite a few athletic guys and some more geeky guys there as well. Most of the people bith guys and girls seemt o be there for an education so there are not a terrible lot preps although there are quite a lot of frat. boys but since there are all kinds of frats. there it is a wide range.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Friendly Environment – The local atmosphere is very friendly, people are willing to stop to give directions and is one ofthe reaasons I decided to go to his school.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Big Campus So Be Prepared to Get Soaked in the Rain – The weather usually isn't bad since it isi in North Carolina except for the fact it rains alot and it is a long way across campus from the dorms to the classes.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Social Scene – The social scene on campus is very live at night. Usually there is always a few house parties and the bars are very live with college students. There isn't a lot of crime here and every event you go to is safe.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic Center – We have a very up-to-date equipment to work out with. Comfortable athlete lounges and a very friendly and maneuverable environment.

3 College Junior

Transportation: In Need of Assistance – The University owns and operates its own bus line. However, the bus schedule is NOT well publicized. As well, students must pay to park on campus. Freshman who live in dorms are NOT allowed vehicles. But, the majority of people who live on campus are freshman. You need to take a bus or cab to the train station and the airport is 40 minutes away. If you are off campus and need to come on campus, you need to feed meters to park or pay outrageous permit fees.

2 College Junior

Athletics: In Need of an Overhaul – The sports department/athletics need a major overhaul. We have some state of the art facilities now, however our coaches cannot keep seats filled. The MAJOR issue many of us agree upon is that the football stadium and basketball arena are too far to guarantee student support. No effort is made to provide transportation to the games, even though the University has its own transportation and bus service.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: NC State's application to attend involves a mandatory essay question about what diversity means to you. It is the school's mission statement to ensure that the 30,000 student body is a diverse one. There are many races, as well as religions represented. Classes offered are generally not biased, and the range of things you can learn about could only be described as diverse as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A Lot of Places to Choose from – It is maybe about $800 cheaper a year to live off campus, although a bit more inconvenient. You can catch the WolfLine which takes you to NC State in most locations, although not all apartments offer this service. You won't be directly on campus when you wake up late, but its nice to have a place you feel is your own, moreso than a dorm room.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Plenty of Dining Options! Beyond the three main dining halls where food is good, although repetitive, you can go to the Atrium or Student Center to find the Wolve's Den for burgers or chicken strips, a Sub Shop, Taco Bell, Chic-Fil-A and even a pizza and wrap station as well as multiple coffee shops.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food and Good Times – All food places near NCSU are an excellent place to meet your friends and share some great food. Some of the best pizza and wings you will ever have.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: NC State has made on-campus housing available at almost all levels. I think that, although University housing is available, it is not always the most desirable place to live. Off-campus housing, thus, is readily available for students wishing to live off-campus.

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College Student

Nightlife: There are no parties on campus to speak of other than small dorm get-togethers and generally lame University-sponsored events. The bars and clubs are decent, and there are all kinds of good bars to go to. Some highlights include Volume 11 Tavern (awesome heavy metal venue), the Glenwood South area for upscale stuff, the Flying Saucer for its beer selection, and the Brewery for live music. The Berklee Cafe is also a good venue, and the Jackpot is a cool dive bar-type place. There are also some good sports bars like Sammy's and the Brickhouse.

College Student

Campus Strictness: We are in the Bible Belt, so it's somewhat strict and has been getting more uptight in the last few years. You can still get down---you just have to be really careful about how and where you're doing it. It's not a good idea to party in your room, but you can do it depending on who your RA is. There are about 30,000 people at State, so it's hard for them to keep track of everything that goes on. The friends that I do know who got in trouble were hit with some pretty harsh penalties and required counseling and whatnot, but they were careless about what they were doing in their dorm for years before the authorities did anything.

College Student

Health & Safety: NC is very safe, and the security measures are overdone if anything. We have campus police everywhere and emergency alerts and stuff like that all the time. That is not to say that we have a lot of crime. I hear about an incident about once or twice a month at the most.

College Student

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big part of campus life. Football and basketball seasons are huge, and students get majorly involved in the games. The gym is one of the largest I've been to in the state, with any kind of weight training or athletic equipment you could want. I never played any intramural sports, but the selection is fairly versatile from soccer to lacrosse.

College Student

Parking: Parking is not bad, but it is difficult to find parking if you don't have a permit. The city will ticket you if you park for too long on nearby side streets. Freshman can't bring cars, but they are allowed one if they choose to pay extra to stay at the off-campus dorm called University Towers.

College Junior

Weather: The weather is great! It doesn't get too hot in the summer---shorts and tank are definitely the best outfit. It gets a little cold in the winter, but a jacket is plenty.


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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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