Raleigh, NC
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$21,661 ($8,206)
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are excellent, especially the science and technology aspects. The workload is difficult, especially since many students go into engineering, but the professors are willing to help and are very good teachers. Classes can be hard to get for incoming freshmen, but as you progress they become easier to obtain. There are many tutoring and help options available on campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a freshman, starting out in First Year College, which is a program designed to help students choose a major. The program is extremely helpful by giving students opportunities to explore careers and attend program fairs throughout the year. All FYC students live in a community among two dorms, which definitely builds a strong bond between the students.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Tough but you learn a lot. The professors are helpful and open.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It is something I have an interest in so I love it.

5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at State are excellent. The professors show not only an interest in the subject but also and interest in the students. They are usually very approachable and willing to give help on a project or listen to your dispute for a grade. The curriculum is challenging allowing students to get as much out of their education as possible. The library is the most popular and best study area.The registration process can be a bit of a hassle though with all the meetings that must take place between advisors and students, but other than that I'd say the academics at State are awesome!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 21st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 60th
    Best Registration Process
  • 95th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 122nd
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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Academics are held to a high standard at NC State, due to the top-ranked colleges within the University in combination with the dedicated professors. The College of Textiles is one of the best textile schools in the world. People from around the nation are also likely to recognize a degree from NCSU's College of Engineering and the College of Art and Design. Professors usually make themselves available during office hours, and they tend go above and beyond to make themselves accessible to students and their questions. Students warn incoming freshmen, though, that not all professors will be equally helpful. NC State provides free tutorial services in many subjects; these prove helpful when professors are a little tough to work with. The Undergraduate Tutorial Center often provides one-on-one help (depending on how busy it is) and practice exams. Good luck finding a seat the day before a Physics 205 exam!

While NCSU has very strong academics in most fields, some are still developing. The business school, while in high demand at State, is still trying to make a name for itself; this is true of the English department, as well. However, students have said they have found their most inspirational teachers in the English department. Like any school, all fields have their pros and cons. NC State holds its own with diverse areas of study and accessible professors, all of which provide an enriched learning environment for any student.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 32%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 52%
  • 50 or More Students: 16%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Management
  • College of Natural Resources
  • College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Textiles
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • First Year College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Computer Science: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Cauldwell Lounge
  • Court of Carolinas (weather permitting)
  • DH Hill Library
  • Dorm study lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Balance fun and school, it is the only way to be happy.
  • Get buddy-buddy with your TAs-they will help you out a lot.
  • Get used to foreign professors; don't prejudge.
  • Go to class, even if there isn't an attendance policy.
  • Learn to love the library; it will be your second home.
  • Proper time management
  • Visit and find out about teachers from student commentaries and view grade distributions.
Did You Know?
If you're worried about falling behind in your classes, why not hire a tutor? NC State's Undergraduate Tutorial Center offers free tutorial services for most 100- and 200-level math, science, and language courses, as well as for speech and paper writing. Check out their Web site at for more info.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 79 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 24% Philip Rivers - NFL quarterback
  • 13% Bill Cowher - former head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 13% John Edwards - former U.S. senator (D-NC)
  • 13% Torry Holt - former NFL player
  • 13% Russell Wilson (even though he went to Wisconsin)
  • 11% TJ Warren
  • 5% John Tesh - musician
  • 5% William E. Ingram Jr - Director of Army Nat. Guard
  • 3% Scotty McCreery
  • 0% Pablo Mastroeni - soccer player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 76 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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