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21,821
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: The academics at NCSU are amazing. Their engineering school is one of the best in North Carolina, the workload for any major is hard but manageable, they have plenty of opportunities for tutoring and extra help, professors are always willing to work with you and help you as long as you participate and are active in class and the curriculum pushes you to think outside of your comfort zone.

4 College Senior

Academics: CHASS is a great program, they offer multiple opportunities to get involved in your college major; for me that would be specifically Psychology which is a part of CHASS. The faculty and staff are very friendly and helpful, easy to create connections and mentors to help with the process of finding internships or having recommendations for Graduate School, the workload, just like the rest of the University, is challenging but that is what shapes you into a better student. The facilities need to be worked on, however, the environment makes up for it.

4 College Junior

Academics: The engineering program is top notch, and the professors and advisers are very responsive and helpful. Course load is significant, but not undoable.

4 College Junior

Academics: Again, professors and advisers in my department are amazing. Helpful career center in getting people matched with jobs, practicing the interview process, and locating internships.

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.

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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
Hometown
Teaneck, NJ
Major
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
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,736
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
339
Total FT Faculty
1,736
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$89,118
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
54%
Transfer-Out Rate
11%
Graduation Rate
71%
Programs/Majors Offered
144
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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
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 brentroad.com 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 www.ncsu.edu/tutorial_center 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 77 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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