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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, especially off of Avent Ferry. Prices are competitive. NCSU has bus lines that go through all the major apartment areas so you almost always have an option of getting to campus that way.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Hillsborough St has dinning options, but there aren't a lot of interesting places. Hopefully more will come in eventually but not a lot right now.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The school is very strict about underage drinking. If someone finds it, the officer will make you pour your drinks and bottles out on the ground.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Glenwood St is lined with clubs. Once nights arrives, the bouncers come out and the street comes alive. Definitely go out, have fun. Tons of bars and dance clubs to choose from. Some have covers, most don't.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Fountain dining hall never had very good options. Nor healthy options. Your best bet was the salad bar but that could get very old, having it every day. There needs to be more healthy options that don't look gross.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are wonderful for your first year. They're close to classes and dining halls, they're where you meet friends, and they offer a community. However, the NCSU dorms are small and old. Lee Dorm smelled and had a mold issue. I was happy to move off campus my sophomore year.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus because it would cost much more and be farther away from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants on Hillsborough Street, including Chipotle, so that is nice. It is usually more expensive to eat off campus than on campus, but there are definitely things that can help break up the monotony of eating campus food everyday.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Most professors are oddly strict about attendance, to the point where you automatically fail a class if you miss 2 or three days during the whole semester, which I find odd. I haven't really had to deal with any other policies (knowingly), but I've found that many people are reasonable and will help you out if you ask.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's pretty easy to apply for financial aid, given that you have the right documents. I can usually get it all done in one day, but it can be a small hassle to have to mail in certain documents. This doesn't happen often, so it's not really an issue.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're into partying, Alexander Hall is the place to be. I'm not really into them, so it was a surprise to me when I moved in and found out that people party almost every night of the week. From house parties to downtown, there is no shortage of parties. Random people will invite you to their parties if you even mention that you'd like to go to one.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I think the dining halls are fine, but there are days when they don't have anything that I like. They used to have pizza everyday at Fountain, but this year I've only seen it once. Talley was fun at first (and still is when I'm in the mood), but it has gotten boring going to the same 4 places over and over, so I wish they would add things to the menu every now and then.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not only is living on campus just overall way more convenient, but it also definitely makes you feel more involved and a part of the student community. There is almost ALWAYS something happening (like concerts, contests, shows, etc) and it's a great way to make friends at events. The housing selection process has been updated and it's now easier than ever to pick out the building (or even the room) you want (including your roommates/suitemates). There is plenty of places outside to lounge or study, and everyone I've met so far has been nothing less than polite.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are lots of options whether you like bars or clubs.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing looks rather nice, if not superior. Almost all locations have very comfortable lodging options. Very huge variety of options. Parking off-campus is good. Usually safe, although be aware of your surroundings when outside at 3 am. Very convenient ways of getting to campus, those locations that are far away from campus have either shuttle buses or very close proximity to the CAT/Go Raleigh bus. The only con is cost: very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't really gone out to eat enough to have an opinion, but my main thing I am not too pleased is the cost: most places are unusually expensive, so it is much more convenient for me to eat on-campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Really don't see much of an issue with strictness. I might say that everyone is a little bit too lenient, but still satisfactory. I think that there should be a little bit more strictness in regards to some areas, but noise violation consequences should be beefed up.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Some financial aid is okay, but I think I could have received more. Only $250 per semester is not enough.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I am still a freshman and I have yet to go to a college party.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls are good and serve healthy, balanced meals, but after some time it gets rather repetitive. C-Stores are very convenient for getting something on the go. The food at DH Hill Library (Atrium and Hill of Beans Coffee Bar) is rather bland and boring (because DH Hill building is old?). The Port City Javas serve very nice coffee, pastries, and breakfast items, very convenient locations. I've been to On the Oval a couple of times, cannot really judge it. Talley dining options are amazing, although service could be asked for the better. The best food, in my opinion, is at One Earth, although it is rather expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, the campus housing is more or less okay. If you make sure to look after yourself and not create any trouble, you should be fine. The buildings are rather dated, but modern enough to not feel like living in a time capsule from the 1940's.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I dont live off campus so I don't know

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Typical college off campus food

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They do what they can when they can

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I do my FAFSA as early as possible but I still have to wait for my package. last year i waited LONG after my peers. it was almost summer

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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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