Athletics

Location
Raleigh, NC
Undergrads
21,469
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the fact that no matter whether the wolf pack win or lose the fan base is always behind them!

5 College Junior

Athletics: I love the football games

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It seemed like the school lived and breathed sports. Not really my thing.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports make NCSU go round.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone has team spirt and gets really excited. The atmosphere is just too much fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 107th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Hometown
Teaneck, NJ
Major
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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Athletics at NCSU are great. Even though the teams hit bumpy roads, there is still strong backing at football and basketball games. College is not just about varsity sports, though. NC State makes it very reasonable to partake in club sports or even intramurals. This is usually the difference in how much time a person wants to dedicate. Intramurals and club sports are both about fun, but participating in a club sport can oftentimes be much more intense than intramurals. The University does a great job of organizing intramural functions and supporting the students' activities. They should also be commended for the vast number of options given to students. Almost every sport is listed under a club or intramural sport; so once again, there is something out there for everyone, in the athletic scheme of things.

The only drawback might be the ticket distribution and tailgating restrictions. Many students don't agree with the new online ticket distribution system since it takes away from the personal interaction of it-if you want a ticket, they feel, it should be first-come, first-served by waiting in line. The other issue students recently have brought up is that you can only tailgate four hours before the start of a football game. These restrictions have all been implemented by the University with good intentions, but few students find them ideal.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Red and White
School Nickname
Wolfpack
Men Playing Varsity Sports
309 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
195 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 82
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 27
Cross Country/Track: 39
Other Sports: 179
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 17%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 83%
Other Sports: 59%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Clogging
  • Cricket
  • Cross country/track
  • Cycling/mountain biking
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Outing
  • Racquetball
  • Rodeo
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Carmichael Complex
  • Case Athletic Center
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball are by far the most popular sports. Students get together and tailgate before games and have the most school spirit during the fall semester and early into the spring semester. Baseball, however, has given fans a good run for their money, especially after making it to the playoffs last year.
School Spirit
School spirit is strong at NCSU. Remember, we do not like the Tarheels! Recite the following as a bedtime prayer: We're the Red and White from State, And we know we are the best. A hand behind our back, We can take on all the rest. Come o'er the hill Caroline, Devils and Deacs stand in line, The Red and White from NC State. Go State! And it will also help to know the official fight song: Shout aloud to the men who will play the game to win We're behind you, keep fighting for State- Hold that line, hold `em fast, We'll reach victory at last We're behind you, keep fighting for State- Rise up to the fray and let your colors wave Shout out for dear old NC State-Go State! And where e'er we go We'll let the whole world know We're behind you, keep fighting for State!
Getting Tickets
Tickets for students are free; however, there is a lottery system that determines which students get tickets (https://ticketreturn.solidspace.com/ncsu). Oftentimes, students will register in block seating so all their friends can sit together. There is no guarantee of winning a ticket, but participating in a group like the Wolfpack Club helps increase your chances of winning tickets to all games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Pullen Park is closest to campus, but Lake Johnson is better since they rent out kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats for only $4 an hour.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 105 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 71% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 19% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 107 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 19% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 55% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 81% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 13% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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