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North Carolina State University at Raleigh: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the degree programs offered at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About North Carolina State University

Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University, also known as NC State, is a large research university located in the state capital. Considered a very livable city, Raleigh features several cultural attractions and recreational venues. Students may find promising internship opportunities nearby at Research Triangle Park, a large research park that brings together high-tech companies and research institutes. On campus, NC State's more than 34,000 students participate in over 400 student organizations and cheer for its Division I sports teams. Measuring quality of education against cost, U.S. News & World Report ranked NC State 40th on its 2013 list of best value schools.


NC State's 12 colleges offer 106 bachelor's, 104 master's and 61 doctoral degree programs, in addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). First College helps freshman students determine their majors by providing an innovative curriculum, academic advising and other resources. Bachelor's degree programs in the colleges of agriculture and life science, engineering and management are popular options.

At the graduate level, the College of Engineering offers highly ranked programs in biological and agricultural, industrial and nuclear engineering. The College of Veterinary Medicine is also notable for the quality of its graduate programs and facilities. In its 2011 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college in a tie for third among the nation's 28 veterinary schools.

NC State actively encourages undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research alongside faculty mentors. Research facilities include more than 50 centers and institutes, as well as a library system that offers 4.3 million volumes through 5 libraries (with a sixth scheduled to open in January 2013). Devoted to research and education, the Centennial Campus houses the colleges of textiles, veterinary medicine and engineering, bringing together these academic resources with diverse partners from industry, government and the nonprofit sector. The university has created over 80 startup companies and 140 products.


The first step in the admissions process is completing the online application. Additional admissions requirements for incoming freshman students include submission of high school transcripts, a personal statement and SAT/ACT scores. Some programs have additional requirements; for example, studio-based degree programs offered by the College of Design or College of Textiles require students to write an essay specific to their major and submit an electronic portfolio.

Though the university recommends that applicants submit their application materials as early as possible, the admissions committee considers applications submitted after the general February 1 deadline on a space-available basis. To be considered for merit scholarships, applicants need to submit application materials by the November 1 early action deadline. Requirements and deadlines differ for studio-based majors and 2-year programs offered by the Agricultural Institute.

Tuition & Financial Aid

NC State estimated that the cost for tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year was $7,788 for in-state students and $20,953 for out-of-state students. Additional costs include books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses. The total cost estimate for in-state students living on campus was $20,644, and the estimate was $33,809 for out-of-state students.

Most students receive some form of need- or merit-based financial aid. The Pack Promise is an NC State initiative that guarantees a full financial aid package to eligible students, using a combination of work study, need-based loans, scholarships and grants. In addition to these forms of aid, undergraduates and graduate students may be eligible for fellowships or cooperative education opportunities. Research grants and assistantships are commonly available to graduate students.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, graduate certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 25,176 undergraduates and 9,591 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 19 residence halls house about 75% of freshmen*
Schools and Programs 12 colleges; 7 associate's degrees, 106 bachelor's, 104 master's and 62 doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: General Agricultural Business and Management (47)
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (508)
Master's: General Business Administration and Management (211)
PhD: Veterinary Medicine (75)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate Students who began in Fall 2003:
42% in 4 years
73% in 6 years
75% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 54% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 4,697 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 89% for full-time and 55% for part-time students**
Undergraduate Application Due Date February 1 for most majors*
Decision Notification Date March 30 (for those meeting the February 1 deadline)*
Tuition In 2012-2013 (includes all estimated student expenses): $20,644 for residents and $33,809 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011, for full-time beginning undergraduate students: Federal grants (25%), state and local grants (37%), institutional grants or scholarships (45%), federal loans (44%)
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 70% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *North Carolina State University; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, NC State University, Campus Box 7103, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103
  • Phone: (919) 515-2434
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