Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2241 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Weather: Pretty Good – The Weather is rather average, we get rainy springs, hot summers, windy falls, and snowy winters but it is not bad enough to ever cause that much of an issue. If you come bring tank tops for summer, scarfs for fall and winter along with snowy weather shoes, and umbrellas/rain jackets/rain boots for spring. It's a nice mix though.

4 College Junior

Athletics: WOLFPACK!! NCSU pride runs deep. I've been at parties with non-NCSU students and chants from the State students drown out the music. Football and Basketball of course are the top sports and tailgating is a must. Getting tickets is usually not bad, especially if you are in a group. We have had a few off years though so it would be nice to get a few more wins but the 2010 recruiting class means things are looking up.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Bus Transportation sucks but SBP promises to improve the situation this year *fingers-crossed.* Cost is free to students and there is also a bus for Raleigh area and Triangle Transit (Chapel-Hill, Durham, and Raleigh stops) which is kinda nice.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I basically eat the same thing every time I visit the dining hall, sub and salad, and that is okay to consume in my opinion. The Atrium is better as is Talley but less healthful of course because you are going fast food.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – I feel very safe at State, there are a few things that could be improved but overall I have never had any problems. I have heard of quite a few bike thefts but if you follow campus police guidelines you should be fine.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety – Campus is strict about safety which is wonderful. They have emergency lights all over campus, have free transportation around the dorms, and safety buttons in bathrooms.

4 College Senior

Academics: Being an english major at NCSU gives you the opportunity to take many different types of english classes including grammar, poetry, novels, journalism, creative writing, and more. With some free electives as well, the major lets you dip into other subjects, expanding your creativity and knowledge.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Average, Could Be Better – The underclassmen dorms could use some renovation. The dorms I have stayed in for the past 2 years were decent, but there where things that could be better about it. As far as being able to live inside them they were fair.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe and Reliable – Crime on campus is fairly uncommon on NC State's campus, but when crime occurs the Campus Police are quick to arrive at the scene and handle the situation in a reasonable and timely manner.

5 College Senior

Transportation: the wolfline is the FREE bus service to nc state and it is very clean and always available. It is the most convenient transportation!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – the dining halls are alright, however unless you can eat an extra large portion of food, there are many more economical options out there.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The library at NC State is so amazing! There is somthing for everyone. There are nine floors where you can work quietly amongst the books, or you can choose to hang out on the main level where the traffic is constant and you can play video games with your friends. There is an old-fashioned wood room that looks like a place where students would study at harvard. Icecream and coffee shops are also included. If you have a large study group there are rooms to rent for meetings and the best part? you can access this at any time of the day! excellent

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Co-Ops and Internships – Nc State offers great opportunities to students for co-ops and internships. It also has an excellent study abroad program that reaches to several countries.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is hard to find at NCSU even with the large parking decks. Also if you park in a space for just a few seconds and leave then you better be ready to get a ticket.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan Support – The fan support for the Football and Basketball teams is very good and both programs are moving in the right direction.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a TON of diversity on campus. I have never seen so much variation of ethnic backgrounds as there is at NC State.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Student Discounts – There are many restaurants around campus that offer student discounts and just plain low pricing for a load of food.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is great here, for people below and over 21. There are classic "historic" clubs here that are frequented by older students, but for those under 21, there are a variety of food joints, as well as house parties available. Transportation here is free, and the shuttles run quite late, so it's not too bad.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: While certainly it may not be the best, the off-campus housing that is available for students is not too shabby. The only downside that I can think of is that some of the housing, while within walking distance of the university, is in what can be called "sketchy" neighborhoods, and while nothing bad happens on a noticeable basis, it's not the best place in the world to hang around.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most people think those that take part in greek life are buying their friends.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Access – There is ample access to computers, printers, and internet on-campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD. I didn't want to leave Raleigh for the summer I loved it so much. Academics and social life are great but you have to know how to balance everything - it is possible. It took me a semester to figure that out but FYC helped and it's been the best year of my life so far!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Over Weed – The drug scene at NC State is there, but it depends on who you hang out with. Most widely used drug is marijuana and people usually drink more often.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 23 in the Country – State was rated 23 in the Country for hottest campuses in 2009 so you know you'll find some great looking people here. Both guys and girls are smoking. You'll find just about every kind of stereotype and more. Since it is an Ag. school and Engineering school lots of country kids, smart Asians and Indians. Girls are HOT!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I have never used a meal plan, however think it is good for students who can't manage their money properly. What about the food in the school, I think it is very expensive particularly the one on engineering Campus.


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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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