Raleigh, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: While at first glance NCSU doesn't seem very diverse, it really is, especially in religion and sexual orientation.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's no secret that it's a mostly white school, but there is still a good deal of diversity and different ethnic groups are represented.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is very accepting. There are many different clubs you can become a part of to find people like you or people very different from you. Lots of different people attend NC State.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very open to everyone and an organizations for all

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: NC State has way better diversity (especially socioeconomic) than other NC universities, but it's still pretty consistent in some areas.


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  • 266th
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  • 965th
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  • 1131st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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As NC State is a land-grant institution, diversity is a top priority of the University. Alexander serves as the international dormitory for all students who come to NCSU to study abroad. There are activities that occur across campus promoting different ethnicities. Sometimes, the events are dinners, like the ones the Asian clubs hold; other times, it is rooted a little more deeply in their culture. For instance, there has been a Turkish Night, where they hold an assembly in the Talley Student Center and do a variety of performances, like cultural dances.

It is clear that NC State is making a conscious effort to increase diversity. This is even seen in the gap closure between the male-to-female ratio around the campus. There is, however, not as much diversity as there could be. Looking at the statistics above, it is clear that the white population still dominates the campus, taking up more than 80 percent of the student body.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 21%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
NCSU has a very diverse set of students and is accepting of the gay community. There are organizations like BGLA, which is a student organization supporting the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community.
Political Activity
The University tends to lean more toward a conservative point of view. However, there have been attempts to launch a liberal student newspaper to rival the Technician, the current voice of NC State.
Economic Status
NCSU tends to have a lot of “middle of the road” kids attending. There are the wealthy, and there are some from lower socioeconomic classes.
Most Common Religions
Christianity reigns supreme, followed by Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority groups around campus. Just walking around, students can find flyers about a tour-of-Asia dinner, or an Indian culture night.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 87 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 26% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 37% Moderate
  • 24% Not sure
  • 11% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 86 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 86 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 48% Very accepting.



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