Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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Reviews 2216 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Beside the school which is one of the best for engineering degree, the town in its surrounding cities (Raleigh, Cary, Durham... etc) have not a lot to offer when it comes to shopping or entertaining. However, just around the school, we have many restaurants and also downtown Raleigh which is not far and which is good place to hang out with friends.

1 College Junior

Parking: IT SUCKS! The prices that you have to pay in order to get a parking permit are ridiculous! There is NO reason the price should be high, so varied, and then have limited spaces for the 30,000+ students that attend. It's stupid and I despise NC State for their parking reinforcement.

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2 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife at NC State is okay. Last school year they started a night shuttle that runs starting Thursday nights and throughout the weekend to downtown so that if students drink, they will not have to worry about finding reliable transportation home. Most of the clubs have gotten shut down, due to carelessness. I wouldn't recommend going out if you're under 21. It's useless. Going to Durham or Greensboro to those schools (maybe even UNC) would better the club/partying experience.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Would Choose It Again – I love my school! I have made so many awesome friends and the whole atmosphere is really special to this particular southern school. The enthusiasm connected with the football team is contagious, making tailgating a memorable experience. The academics here are excellent as well. I ended up taking two more classes from the same professor because I enjoyed her class so much. There is always something going on somewhere on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: All the Seasons – One of my favorite aspects of attending North Carolina State University is the fact that we get the full range of seasons. The predominant weather though is fairly warm, which makes it easier when running to class in January. Everyone hangs out outside during the warmer weather, and there are plenty of coffee shops to meet at during the winter. It is important to have a pair of rainboots handy though, because the rain tends to collect in big puddles on the brickyard.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus attitude is very favorable towards accepting others. There are frequent events for minority groups in an effort to raise awareness and encourage diversity. While the school is primarily comprised of white southerners, I have had the opportunity to become close friends with people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Best Option Is Buses – If you do not have your own car, use school buses which run every 5 to 10 minutes. I used them all the time and also drivers are kind and nice to people. It is free to everybody of course. They will be there on bus stop when you need transportation.

College Freshman

Athletics: I Have No Idea – Honestly I have no ideas on athletics because I never participated school sports games or anything else. But I went to gym most of school year. We have 2 gym buildings but I think they are pretty small for our school which is the largest school in North Carolina.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Library Is Okay.. I like NC State University's library. Compare to Duke or UNC Chapel Hill's library, it is small but they have all I want and all other students want. I love their internet full text view program. When I don't have time to go to library to search for my reports and essays, I just use my computer to read full text on library website. However, I don't like non-NC State students come and interrupt NCSU students' studying.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Costly but Nice – I went apartment shopping a few months ago and most of them are gorgeous already furnished, provide transportation to/from campus, have a gym, pool, study area, and much more. The rent is expensive but you are definitely getting your money's worth.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The dining places surrounding NCSU provide a great variety of food choices for students who are on-campus majority of the time. Granted you may have to drive at least 10 minutes to get to most of them, just about any type of venue will be found in downtown Raleigh.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think if your'e a part of Greek life you'll always have something to do and someone to hangout with. Lots of parties and events. It's like having a family away from home. Greek housing is available. I'd say how Greek students view/treat non-Greeks varys. Depends on the frator sorority.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone seems pretty average. Good social life, near downtown so something is always going on. Made some really good freindships this past yeat.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel completely safe on campus all the time. There are always campus police circling around campus. Many blue light emergency things are also available if needed. I haven't heard too much about campus crime.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Co-Op and Internships Are Great – Taking advantage of my school's Co-op and Internship program is something I encourage to all who attend NC State. You can alternate between going to school and working in a co-op or internship program.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't Do Anything Stupid – All schools are going to be strict about underage drinking and drug use on campus. If you are using drugs on campus, they have a zero tolerance policy. So, if you choose to use drugs or drink underage, my advice is to do so not on campus property!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Easy Accessibility to the School – The dorms and North Carolina State provide students with great access to the university. All classes, cafeterias, labs and libraries are within walking distance. Students don't need to worry about wasting money to find parking on campus. Living in an on-campus dorm will allow students to meet more people than those living off campus. One of the biggest drawbacks to living in a dorm room is sacrificing your privacy. The dorm rooms are very small, so it is important to live with someone you get along with.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks With Greeks – Greeks are somewhat on their own. They go to parties together and do not interact much with much of the campus except themselves. Greek housing is being refinished and non-greeks view greeks as a little stuck up.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Open - Library Is Not – The campus has scattered labs throughout but very few people use and take advantage of them. Most of the time the library is very busy and computers are hard to get to. However, computers are always available to check out and all of the computers on campus are top of the line.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Enjoyable Education – The university has many options when it comes to academics. Academic planners help students with schedules and planning, professors are responsive and return e-mails, and the work load is challenging.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Average University – This school is design for college kids straight out of high school. Not much help for adults nor vets. I am returning to school as an adult and there are not much night classes that are offered here, conflicts with my full time job. Department of Humanities and social science is small, but again, this is an engineering school under the UNC system.

3 College Junior

Weather: No real need to worry about weather. Classes are indoors, gyms are indoors, not very many people live without a/c.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: School offers a great deal of off campus housing. However, they are all dealt through campus and mostly consist if sharing kitchen. Some have private baths. Great for kids straight out of high schools, but for adults returning back to school... better look else where.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There is a great amount of diversity on the NCSU campus. There are people from all over the world studying a great variety of things. Even when riding on the bus system you come into contact with a great variety of people groups. There are people from all parts of Asia, South America, Europe, Africa and many other people groups. NCSU has done a great job of being diverse in all areas including economic background, political beliefs, and even has clubs for just about every religion.

4 College Junior

Academics: Experience and Knowledge Abounds in Professors – I'm at NCSU in CEM in the college of Engineering. It is a great place of education and the professors are very knowledgeable in their specific fields of study. They have plenty of experience to back their knowledge and are willing to help when the student is willing to put forth the effort. The workload is fairly heavy with many homework assignments taking 3 hours each per week. The labs are informative and have extensive labs to ensure you know the material but sometimes feel tedious. If you get to know the professors they are more than willing to help you in any way possible including research opportunities and internships.


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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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