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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: NCSU Transportation has partnered with Capital Area Transit (CAT) and Triangle Transit (TT) to offer free area transit to all NC State students, faculty and staff. The program is called "GoPass" and is meant to provide an alternative to driving. Other transportation options are: Wolfline, GoPass, CAT (Capital Area Transit), Triangle Transit, GoTriangle Trip Planner, Emergency Ride Home, and Wolfrails Application.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There is very little snow here and most professors have a snow policy that if it is too bad for you to get to class, they don't mind you not going. It goes through the normal weather of temperate areas (warm to cold to warm) and most people hang out outside in spring and early fall.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol Are Not Really Visible – Although there is some drinking, it is not very visible and varies from group to group. Drugs are also not very common and I don't really know how widespread or not it is.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are many parking lots but you have to have a parking pass to park anywhere convenient.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many different organizations and people to help you answer all of your questions and get you the help that you need. There is also a very large sense of community here. The educational units at NCSU also provide great learning environments for students and is a place to gain valuable experience.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: A State Degree – So far I have been very satisfied with my stay here at State! A degree from State is very versatile and will hold it's value I have no doubt. At times it has been challenging, butting heads with professors and all, but for the most part the value NC State has to offer cannot be beat.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not What I Expected – As a junior, I was expecting most students to be growing out of the whole marijuana and pill popping craze. I can confidently say I was quite wrong! I have been searching for roommates here lately and I'd say around half of the people I have met up with openly admit they use drugs and asked me if I would be alright with that going on in the house, I've kindly declined.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Campus Edge – I currently live at Campus Edge apartments, they are okay, but overpriced in my opinion for what you get. Next year I will be living at the Retreat, I will be paying thirty dollars more per month, but it will be well worth it. Overall, off campus housing options are in abundance to fit any price range.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Mansion or Shack: Take Your Pick! The amount of off campus housing at North Carolina State University is immense. From numerous campus apartments to tons of 1-4 bedroom houses. There is also a variety in price range, which is incredibly important. For those students who wish to spend more and have a spacious living environment, large houses near campus are present. However, for those who are trying to spend cautiously, affordable apartments are a very short distance from campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Great - and Free! Public transportation is very useful to students at NCSU. There are many pick-up/drop-off points, usually within a 10-minute walk of all of the main buildings on campus. Buses also run all the time, so if you need to get on one you'll only have to wait 10 or 15 minutes.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration at NC State means business when it comes to academics as well as behavior. Because of the prestige of the school, NC State expects students to perform at an exceptional level. As far as behavior goes, Student Conduct enforces rules with no remorse, especially when it comes to incidents involving drugs. As far as sporting events go, the city of Raleigh police work in conjunction campus police, which makes it harder for students to get away with certain actions.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: NC State Athletics have come a long way in recent years. The most dominant sport is football; the process to get a ticket for football games is purposely made difficult because of the high demand. Men's basketball is slowly trying to make a name for itself again after being in the media for negative attention. Overall, athletic events are fun to attend and the fan base at NC State is among one of the best in the nation. The phrase "Cardiac Pack" is commonly used in sporting events where the school has a lead at one point, but then tension builds towards the end of the game!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: North Carolina State University is in the state's capital of Raleigh, making it locally available to a wide array of restaurants in the downtown area, as well as across the street. Hillsborough Street, directly across from campus features a few common places such as Chipotle and Dunkin Donuts, but also authentic places and coffee shops perfect for first dates. The downtown Raleigh area has more upscale restaurants ranging from New Orleans cajun to down-south traditions. Depending on what a student orders, the food is worth the price, along with the experience.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Uniqueness Is Diversity – One of the unique things about NC State is that everyone here is different and unique, yet everyone is accepted for who they are, and they are not judged based on who they are or who they are not. Anyone can come to NC State and expect to be treated like an equal and individual, regardless of who you are or how you were treated previously.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Classes Are Great – Every class that I have taken here has been extremely focused and goes above and beyond just teaching you! The college of education here, which I am a part of, prides itself on sending out the best educators it possibly can! Proud to go here!

5 College Senior

Administration: Extremely Safe Campus – There are plenty of safety precautions taken by NC State in order to insure that every student on campus is safe! We even have our own police force!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: OK but Repetitive – The places around campus are good. I guess you get kind of tired of eating at dining halls, but when you need something to eat between classes, you can’t complain. NC State dining hall food is not all that bad, it just gets old sometimes. I suggest not buying a huge meal plan after freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Reach Out to Them ASAP – The college does little to promote the financial aid department, but they are very helpful once you reach out to them. I recomend schedng an appointment to set everything up and make sure that they have all of your information.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Availability – There are many alternative places to stay near campu for very reasonable prices. The area around State is being remodeled and many new apartment complexes are being built specifically for students-only. There are many places within walking distance of campus that offer a student-friendly environment and student-friendly prices.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing Process – The housing process at NC State is rather difficult and tedious. To get a desired dorm on campus, people have to sign up very early on in the process. Dorms fill up very quickly and the school has a tendency to overbook, leaving some freshmen without a dorm.

4 College Freshman

Academics: This major is amazing. The professors are super helpful and the classes are fun.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: SO MANY – The off-campus dining involves Hillsborough street which has MANY restaurants and fast food places.

4 College Student

Campus Food: There are many places to go in order to get food and many different types of foods for those that are picky.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking at NC State sucks! There are plenty of buses that drive students to and around campus though. The permit prices are reasonable. Tickets and fines can quickly add up if you arent careful with where you park. And I would say that it isnt 100% necessary to have a car, but its definitely convenient. Especially if you have an off campus job.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Our campus police are very strict on students walking around with open containers. Many underage drinking tickets are given out in order to show students that they are not playing around. If you are going to drink dont carry it around campus with you. Be smart. I would say that drugs are not very visible on campus. I have not been in any situations involving drugs


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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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