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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think NC State has far greater academics offered than what the it is priced for. If you payed what you pay for NC State anywhere else you education would lack a lot.

4 College Senior

Academics: Professors are top notch (for the most part) and the curriculum is very in-depth. Registration for classes can be rough, it takes a few tries to get all the classes you need to fit usually. The workload is a lot for science majors, I don't know how to speak for others. Good study areas are Talley Student Union and outside at a picnic table! WiFi usually reaches anywhere on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are tough, there is a large curriculum, and there is a tough workload- but that is why I chose this school. There are great libraries here so the workload is manageable.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: My experience so far has been great. It's easy to register for classes and the professors are helpful. It's a fairly heavy workload, but that is to be expected in college.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are top-notch and depending on the major, the course load can be very difficult. That being said, the school provides students with enough information to know what they're getting into.

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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 168 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 116 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 117 responses

  • 31% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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