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North Carolina State University Overview

North Carolina State University is a public institution situated in Raleigh, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is North Carolina State University Known For?

6,096 Undergraduate Awards
$33,138 Avg Cost After Aid
51% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at NC State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at NC State.
  • In 2017-2018, 88% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, NC State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $52,500 a year. That's about 29% more than their peers at other schools.

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North Carolina State University Rankings

NC State is ranked #223 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #5 out of 64 schools in North Carolina.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

NC State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#102 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NC State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Forestry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Textile Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Computer Software & Applications Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NC State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#40 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree

Where Is North Carolina State University?

Location of North Carolina State University

Contact details for NC State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27695-7001
Phone: 919-515-2011
Website: www.ncsu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ncstate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ncstate

How Do I Get Into NC State?

You can apply to NC State online at: commonapp.org

Admission Requirements for NC State

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NC State?

51% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores
NC State has an acceptance rate of 51%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 49%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 41% of students accepted to NC State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 680. Math scores were between 620 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 610 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 620 to 710 )
200
800
NC State received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 32. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 25 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 25 to 30 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 26 to 31 )
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36

Can I Afford North Carolina State University?

$33,138 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
2.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NC State is $33,138. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NC State, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $6,809 a year. That adds up to $27,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NC State is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

North Carolina State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,317 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,199 undergraduate students at NC State, with 22,317 being full-time and 2,882 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NC State

There are also 10,280 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,317 full-time undergraduates at NC State, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NC State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of North Carolina State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NC State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,628
Black or African American 1,246
Hispanic or Latino 1,279
White 15,281
International Students 895
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,988

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at North Carolina State University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at NC State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at North Carolina State University

2,986 Took All Classes Online
14,541 Took At Least One Class Online
3.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 38 master’s degree programs available online at NC State. In 2017-2018, 14,541 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NC State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NC State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at North Carolina State University was 3.7%. This is the #1,763 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NC State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NC State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 13%
Agricultural Engineering 24%
Architecture & Related Services 12%
Biomedical Engineering 7%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%
Civil Engineering 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 1%
Computer Engineering 13%
Computer Systems Networking 14%
Curriculum & Instruction 2%
Electrical Engineering 3%
Engineering 6%
Environmental Design 24%
Environmental Engineering 15%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 17%
Forestry 11%
General Engineering 7%
Human Development & Family Studies 17%
Instructional Media Design 6%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 21%
Liberal Arts General Studies 21%
Manufacturing Engineering 64%
Materials Engineering 9%
Mathematics 4%
Mathematics & Statistics 5%
Natural Resources & Conservation 0%
Nuclear Engineering 32%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 9%
Public Relations & Advertising 33%
Recreation Administration 23%
Statistics 14%
Student Counseling 18%
Systems Theory 17%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 8%
Textile Engineering 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NC State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NC State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Textile Engineering #1
Soil Sciences #1
Agricultural Engineering #2
Animal Science #3
Agricultural Public Services #4
Systems Theory #5
Nuclear Engineering #6
Materials Engineering #6
Manufacturing Engineering #6
Plant Sciences #8
Recreation Administration #9
Statistics #9
Environmental Engineering #10
Nutrition Science #10
Chemical Engineering #12
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #16
Other Engineering #18
Computer Engineering #22
Industrial Engineering #22
Natural Resources Conservation #23
Civil Engineering #26
Mechanical Engineering #26
Natural Resources & Conservation #29
General Engineering #29
Electrical Engineering #33
Computer Science #40
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #42
Mathematics & Statistics #43
Computer Systems Networking #44
Student Counseling #47
Engineering #91
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #94
Human Development & Family Studies #105
Instructional Media Design #105
Curriculum & Instruction #109
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #128
Teacher Education Subject Specific #157
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #175
Educational Administration #210
Teacher Education Grade Specific #217
Computer & Information Sciences #314
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #416
Liberal Arts General Studies #416

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

North Carolina State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 675 241 0 916
Computer Science 0 239 229 30 498
Electrical Engineering 0 200 122 32 354
Textile Engineering 0 256 67 29 352
Mechanical Engineering 0 230 93 16 339
General Biology 0 305 0 0 305
Computer Engineering 0 151 134 5 290
Accounting 0 153 122 0 275
Civil Engineering 0 149 76 13 238
Animal Science 0 195 20 11 226
General Psychology 0 205 4 13 222
Chemical Engineering 0 148 41 21 210
Communication & Media Studies 0 200 0 0 200
Agricultural Economics & Business 55 106 0 0 161
Social Work 0 46 115 0 161
Biomedical Engineering 0 151 0 9 160
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 58 101 0 159
Statistics 0 57 73 23 153
Industrial Engineering 0 77 55 14 146
Natural Resources Conservation 0 108 22 3 133
Political Science & Government 0 126 0 0 126
General English Literature 0 95 30 0 125
Recreation Administration 0 88 32 3 123
Forestry 0 93 10 16 119
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 112 1 113
Health & Physical Education 0 112 0 0 112
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 111 0 111
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 99 99
Design & Applied Arts 0 75 24 0 99
Nutrition Science 0 81 10 5 96
History 0 76 19 0 95
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 63 19 11 93
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 70 16 7 93
Business/Managerial Economics 0 86 0 0 86
Educational Administration 0 0 62 24 86
Materials Engineering 0 43 26 16 85
Zoology 0 57 7 18 82
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 69 8 4 81
Applied Mathematics 0 22 46 9 77
Mathematics 0 52 13 10 75
International Studies 0 74 0 0 74
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 65 7 0 72
Plant Sciences 0 32 28 11 71
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 71 0 71
Agricultural Engineering 0 38 17 13 68
Nuclear Engineering 0 33 17 18 68
Science, Technology & Society 0 66 0 0 66
Chemistry 0 36 5 22 63
Sociology 0 44 6 11 61
General Agriculture 27 33 0 0 60
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 55 0 55
General Engineering 0 36 18 0 54
Physics 0 29 8 17 54
Food Science Technology 0 30 18 4 52
Student Counseling 0 0 43 8 51
Botany/Plant Biology 0 28 9 11 48
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 39 9 48
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 28 20 0 48
Agricultural Production 43 4 0 0 47
Environmental Engineering 0 36 11 0 47
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 45 0 0 45
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 39 1 1 41
Genetics 0 33 0 6 39
Anthropology 0 31 8 0 39
Criminology 0 38 0 0 38
Environmental Design 0 31 0 6 37
Systems Theory 0 0 33 2 35
Economics 0 0 17 15 32
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 30 0 30
Biotechnology 0 0 27 0 27
International Relations & National Security 0 0 26 0 26
Environmental Control Technology 0 25 0 0 25
Natural Resource Management 0 16 9 0 25
Horticulture 18 6 0 0 24
Landscape Architecture 0 0 24 0 24
Public Administration 0 0 19 5 24
Operations Research 0 0 20 3 23
Fine & Studio Arts 0 23 0 0 23
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 22 22
Other Physical Science 0 0 12 9 21
Construction Engineering 0 20 0 0 20
Writing Studies 0 0 20 0 20
Philosophy 0 20 0 0 20
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 18 0 18
Arts & Media Management 0 18 0 0 18
Agricultural Mechanization 0 16 0 0 16
General Architecture 0 16 0 0 16
Instructional Media Design 0 0 16 0 16
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 16 0 0 16
Agricultural Public Services 0 4 9 2 15
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 12 0 12
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 2 10 12
General Education 0 10 0 0 10
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 10 10
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 10 0 0 10
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 4 5 9
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 4 4 8
Soil Sciences 0 1 4 2 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 6 0 6
Special Education 0 0 5 0 5
Other Engineering 0 0 4 0 4
Area Studies 0 3 0 0 3
Other Education 0 0 0 2 2
Ethnic Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Food Processing 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 143 5,953 2,762 670 9,528

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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