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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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school is very strict on things of acedemia but they are not as strict with entertainment things. I really think that you can get away with alot at NC State as long as there is no harm intended.

4 College Junior

Diversity: NC State is very Diverse! We have clubs for every race and culture. The languages spoken at state are also very diverse. it is a great place to be if you want to experience different cultures.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Dorms on the NC State Campus aren't Great but they aren't horrible either. Most of the dorms were close to the class part of campus but the one I was in was quite a hike! Because of that it was hard to stay involved in the campus life. I would reccomend to stay as close to campus as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Hillsborough Street – Hillsborough street, which is located right outside of campus, has tons of restaurant options to choose from. There is everything from homemade popsicles to Greek cuisine

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh has a lot to offer. It is close to both Chapel Hill and Durham, and there are lots of fun activities in downtown.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Pretty and Positive – I think the campus is lovely, and the overall attitude of the students is very positive. For the most part, professors and staff go out of their way to help the students.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Fun for Athletes and Non-Athletes – The athletic facilities are quite good, and you can make good use of them even if you are not an athlete. The sports events have great atmosphere.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Food but You Pay for It – There are several dining halls, and the food is excellent quality. The plans could be cheaper, however. Also, there is not always enough room to sit during rush periods.
The cleanup system is great and very convenient.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is such a hassle and tickets are a guarantee

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Can Get Expensive – Townhomes and apartments can get expensive, and are fairly far from campus

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything Is Good – Everything is kept pretty up to date, but nothing is amazing. There are always just too many people around to enjoy anything.

4 College Senior

Weather: Sept-Oct. Is Best – By late September the weather has become very nice and it will last until late October to early November. The humidity is essentially gone but the days can still reach a high of 75-80. The evenings start to cool some though. It is comfortable enough to still dress casually and most of the students can still wear the more attractive summer/fall clothing. Also football and thus school spirit are at an all time high.

5 College Senior

Computers: Hill Library Is Wireless Hot Spot – The university has put a massive wrieless infrastructure in the D.H. Hill Library on main campus. The signal is so strong that a good wireless card can pick it up in the surrounding buildings or even at the coffee shops on Hillsborough St. Even my ipod touch can pick it up at Global Village.

1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Popular Girls Footware Totally Skewed – The "popular" girl types seem to have no concept of the proper application of footware. The style seems to go:
Uggs in the blazing heat with boyshorts.
Flip flops in the snow.
Rain boots in a drought.
Stilettos in a flood.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Local Transit Is a Must – In all honesty, you can experience everything within walking distance of campus within 9-15 months. You will need local transit, especially if living off campus. There are so many things downtown and in Cary that are not accessible by foot or Wolfline. The CAT bus will take you around town and to the Cary city limit and is free for students with a pass. Best option is to make buddies with upperclassmen or grad students who live off-campus.

1 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student Health Sucks – There are three thing that suck so bad you will want to find an off-campus doctor:
First you will wait at least an hour even if you are the first patient of the day.
Second the staff is mostly physicians assistants with no medical degree and little training beyond that of a nurse - they take blood and give you antibiotics.
Third the staff assumes you are "of weak moral values" and really doesn't care. I had the flu and I was asked if I was pregnant - and I'M A GUY!
Bottom line, if you need more than a flu shot, an STD test, or some cough syrup/antibiotic -- see a doctor off campus.

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2 College Senior

Greek Life: Low Profile – With the exception of a couple days for fall rush, I rarely saw any Greek life on campus. They seem to keep a low profile mostly tucked away on Greek Court or Greek Village.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Best BBQ – The best barbeque I've had in NC was at Ole Time Barbeque on Hillsborough street. Its a good 7 miles from campus but worth it. I loved the small diner-like restaurant. Its just west of RJG auto repair as you are heading toward Cary. Look for the bright yellow awning and the outside pig smokers.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Blue Ridge Is a MUST – Blue Ridge cinema is a must have for campus. If you can wait for a movie until juse a few weeks before it hits DVD you can watch it here for $1.50 flat rate all shows! That's right for $15 you and a date can see two movies and have unlimited popcorn and drinks for about the same price you'd pay for two tickets at a regular theatre. Late show tip - get your food early as some shows run until midnight but the concession stand closes at 10.

5 College Senior

Academics: Nuke Is the Best! NC State has one of hte best engineering programs in the country and Nuclear Engineering rocks. It is super challenging but the professors are there to get you through it...with a couple of exceptions. If you go this major you WILL have 2-5 job offers up to 8 months before you graduate. Expect $55k for a B.S., $65k for a M.S. and $80k+ for a Ph.D. Eat that art history!

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Parking Is the Only Thing They Care About. Any parking violation is dealt with harshly and quickly. The campus police patrol the parking decks continuously looking for people without tags. All other crimes to be of little consequence and are typically handled with a campus-wide email warning. I have had several friends, and numerous friends of friends whose property and/or apartments have been vandalized or stolen. Armed robbery was a frequent problem between Mission Valley and Centennial last year but it was resolved when the "real police" finally got involved. Violent crimes of murder and rape are incredibly rare.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol, but That's About It – Drug use at NC State is rare and relatively easy to spot and even easier to avoid. While some students may dabble with marijuana and the occaisional meth or crack use has been reported, by far the most common drug is alcohol. Beer is most common since it can be sold in grocery stores and since hard liquor is distributed at the ABC shops - of where there are only two within walking distance of campus. A lot of older students, espcially grad students, will also partake in a glass or two of wine with dinner. Underage drinking is common but disciplined when found.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Aesthetics – It has been said there are more bricks per square mile at NC State than anywhere else in the country. The campus' red brick theme makes it a beautifully coordinated campus. Only a few oddballs such as Harrleson Hall stick out. The library is a 10 story brick building (rare yes) and is an excellent facility for academic or personal interest study and also provides a great view all the way to downtown or to the stadium.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Over the years I have noticed that the numbers of minority have increased but it is still a predominantly white school.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Remodeling Needed – All the dorms need to be remodeled except the ones that were just recently done and the student appartments for upperclassman.


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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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