Raleigh, NC
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Reviews 2228 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Junior

Computers: Labs Plentiful but Bring a Snack When Printing – The computers at NCSU are very vast in number but sometimes selective for use. While there are a great number of them through out the campus, there are many that often take a long time to log on and accomplish the work intended. As far as printing goes you might as well prepare for the long haul in many computer labs on campus. Many times I have prepared adequately for my class needs but have been offset by the length of time that the printers take to network and finish a printing job. While the printing may be slow the wireless on campus is great. There is almost entire campus wide WiFi coverage even including many outdoor locations. It is very useful to have your own laptop because the campus provides plenty of access to internet in almost any location but may get slow when exams and midterms come around.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking can be a big hassle. A lot of times they oversell parking so finding a spot can be nearly impossible. If you are parked illegally or in the wrong parking zone, you WILL get a ticket. They can range between 20-40 dollars, which may not seem much, but they will all add up. Usually you don't really need a car on campus your first year when you live in dorms because we have a Wolfline bus system which is great. If you do happen to bring a car as a freshman your parking spots are going to be on a completely different campus that you'll have to take a bus to, so its not even worth it.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Strict – NC State has a no tolerance policy when it comes to drugs. If you get caught with anytime of drug and you live off campus, you are automatically kicked out of your dorm. The alcohol policy is pretty strict but it depends on the circumstances. If you are caught drinking and driving you are automatically expelled for a semester. So be careful when you are underage and looking to party.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have three dining halls offered around campus so students don't have to walk too far to eat. We also several places like the Atrium and Talley student center where students can get things like Chick-fil-a, Taco Bell, Lil Dinos, Toppers and etc. if they do not want to eat at the dining hall. The campus is located between two major streets: Hillsborough and Western Blvd, both which offer a variety of options for students that are looking to eat off campus. Students can also get snacks using their All Campus card or Board Bucks at the convenience stores located throughout the campus. Overall the prices are not too bad either, with the exception of the c-stores which tend to over charge on things.

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2 College Junior

Facilities: Inside Scoop – There is nothing, that I can think of that sets our campus apart from other colleges except maybe the cleanliness. NCSU's enviornment is always clean. There are always people cleaning, mowing, and gardening around campus to keep it up. We also have Free Expression tunnel where student can go to display artistic skills or just to post announcements. This is usually done in spray paint. i found this unique because I have never seen another campus that will allow student to do that.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I would have to say that NCSU has a great nightlife scence. It is not very dark on campus or surrounding street. There are bus services that travel all time of night and weekends. There is also an escort service that you can call to pick students up from a party/club or anywhere on campus. I really took advantage of these services to ensure a safe night.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit that goes on at NCSU, but I honestly believe that too much funding goes into the department. The athletes do not perform as well as you think they would, according to the funding. The student fans have a great time supporting our teams, but, after the games, there are often disrespectful comments.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Clean and Available – Everything on campus is very clean and rarely unavailable. There's always a computer open and the gyms are always open and very clean.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Crowded but Safe – State's campus is absolutely huge, with thousands of students walking the streets and brick buildings everywhere. Dangerous crimes never happen on campus but small crimes like theft still happen occasionally. Just be sure to lock your car or your bike up and make sure you doors are locked when you leave or when you go to sleep and then you should be good.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Wolf Transport – Even with several students we have access to air conditioned, sometimes environmentally friendly buses that drive around every 15 minutes. Students can also ride public transportation for free if they flash their ID to public buses. For the most part,anyone who is not a freshman, typically have access to everything they need on campus and have their own vehicles back at their residences. You can get to all of Raleigh using the bus systems but it's a long and tiring process.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Typical College Drugs – The drug scene is not something I can describe with confidence because I'm more of a geek myself. However, when I was a young freshman our drug free dorm had students smuggling in alcohol and drinking it before walking outside of their room. This is not because the RAs didn't do their job, but because they respected the student's personal property. One thing I can say is that dorm life was miserable freshman year because that's when students were the least serious (in my experience). Outside of campus there are many parties with binge drinking, or students running drunkenly by on their way to the club after pre-gaming it. Also, at least one person smoking at parties isn't surprising. I've heard rumors about robo-tripping and reefer but I think students who do that keep to their homes so it doesn't stick out.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh at the moment is a work in progress. Money is being invested onto the campus so there's lots of construction. But at the same time there are many new shops, restaurants, plenty of events, opportunities for sports, and acceptance of the college crowd. In terms of safety, every once in a while we get reports about guys with guns stealing petty cash from drunken people walking in the shadows alone at night. However, I live across the street from campus and have never heard gunshots. Things do go missing on campus though, such as bikes, and pens (the usual...or at least I think). There is also some racism from both faculty and students despite NC State's reputation as a diversity focused public institution. But if you're going to school to learn, this is a decent university to receive your education.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plethora of Food Places – There are so many resturaunts right off of campus all along the two main roads that State sits between; Hillsborough and Western. There's a large variety from Chinese takeout to NY style pizza.


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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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