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North Carolina State University (NC State) is a public research university in Raleigh, and is a land, sea, and space grant institution.

Key Facts


  • #60 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #28  in Top Public Schools
  • #30  in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program
  • #7  in Biological/ Agricultural Engineering
  • #12 in Industrial/ Manufacturing Engineering

Year founded

  • 1887

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 26,505

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 10,326

Student-faculty ratio

  • 15:1 

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 47%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1270 and 1440 / ACT 27-32 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.81

International student population

  • 2.8% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $55,400 

Popular majors

  • Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences; Communication, Journalism

Tuition and Room & Board

  •  $31,980 / $13,719


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Design, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Resources, Poole College of Management, Wilson College of Textiles, College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • More than 700 student organizations from running a daily newspaper to building robots
  • Nearly 100 majors and 120 minors offered at undergraduate level
  • 160 master’s and 60 doctoral programs are offered at graduate level
  • Famous alumni include Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Inc; Zach Galifianakis, actor and writer, well-known for his roles in The Hangover trilogy and Birdman
Kings alumni at North Carolina State University

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