North carolina state university  raleigh  north carolina   united states
US News Ranking 24
Qsranking 155
Timesranking 101-125

Brief background:

A public research university, North Carolina State University was started in 1887. The University has established itself as a research school that excels in engineering, design, math, science, technology, humanities, social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine. With a student enrollment of over 30,000, it is the largest university in Carolina.

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University is quite well known for programs like ECE, CSC, and Computer Networking.


North Carolina State University ranking is #295 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The university is ranked 301st in the World University Rankings 2021 and 112th in the US College Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Acceptance Rate

North Carolina State University acceptance rate is usually around 45% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 44% historically.


North Carolina State University, also referred to as NCSU, is located in Raleigh. The main campus of NCSU is divided into three sub-campuses – Central, North, and South. The Engineering programs are based on the Centennial campus. All sub-campuses of NCSU are extremely beautiful and have state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, and research centers. NCSU students also have access to a gym, state-of-the-art recreation, and sports/athletic facilities.

Residing Options:

NCSU has student apartment complexes such as University House and University Suites. Students choosing to stay off-campus may choose from areas like Avery Close, Champions Court, Colonial Arms, Gorman Street, Kensington Park, and Kings Court.

Faculty and pedagogy:

NCSU has some great teachers at all its schools. The 9,000 strong faculties and staff of NCSU are leaders in their fields and are ever ready to help out the students. The College of Engineering at NCSU has 357 full-time faculties on its roll. NCSU students often comment on how the professors go out of their way to help if the students take the initiative.

The courses at NCSU are the perfect blend of practical as well as theoretical knowledge. The university also has a very good Tutorial Center, where students can get free one-on-one help.


North Carolina State University tuition fees for Indian students is around $23,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6,000.

Financial aid:

Getting a scholarship is pretty difficult at NCSU – only because the competition is quite tough and scholarships are few. In fact, getting a research internship is also quite difficult.

Jobs and placements:

The average annual salary earned by Chemical Engineering graduates is $85000; Civil Engineering, $90,000; Computer Engineering, $90,000; Electrical Engineering, $87,500; Industrial Engineering, $77500; Material Science Engineering; 87,500; Mechanical Engineering, $77,500. The top recruiters employing students from the university include Cisco Systems Inc., SAS Institute Inc., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Duke Energy Corp, Red Hat, Inc., Relias Learning, North Carolina State University (NCSU). The most popular job profiles amongst the university alumni include include Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Civil Engineer.


The list of NCSU notable alumni includes names like James W. Owens - Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc. and James Goodnight - Co-founder and CEO of the SAS Institute.


Through its programs are not highly ranked, NCSU is one of cheaper universities in North Carolina and thus, is quite popular amongst students.


The North Carolina State University is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is situated in the west of downtown Raleigh, an enchanting city known for oak trees that line its streets. NCSU is a part of the Triangle area with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Triangle houses some of the leading research-based companies which is an added incentive to the students studying in this university.
The main campus is divided into three parts – the central campus, north campus and south campus. The central campus is also known as the Centennial Campus. It also houses a separate Biomedical Campus.
Owing to the fact that the university is located in one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, there is an abundance of transportation and recreational services available to the students. There are a large number of bypasses and roads connecting the university to various places within and outside the city. NCSU also has its own transit system, the Wolfline, which provides bus service along multiple routes serving the university's campuses in southwest Raleigh.
Downtown Raleigh is home to some of the most historic buildings in the city. This opens up a new arena for the students to explore in their leisure time. There is an arboretum and botanical garden managed by NCSU which is open for visits without any charge.
The nearest airport from the main campus is the Raleigh Durham International Airport which lies about 11 miles northwest of the university.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 44%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 706
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 102
TA Appointments 256
RA appointments 993
Research funding $206,370,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of NC State University is one of the largest departments with a highly acclaimed faculty and an enrolment of around 400 graduates. The department aims to establish traditions that foster the growth of excellence. The programs of the department impart engineering training in topics like structural mechanics, aeromechanics, propulsion, and space dynamics. The department strives to provide a dynamic atmosphere in which higher studies and research thrive with an active community of students and faculty.
The programs offered are BS in Aerospace Engineering; BS/MS in Aeronautical Engineering (5years integrated), MS, Ph.D.; BS, BS/MS (5-year integrated), MS, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. 

Areas of Expertise: Biomedical Engineering; Motorsports Engineering; Metrology; Precision Engineering; Fluid/Thermal Sciences; Materials Engineering; Manufacturing

List of Labs: Center for Precision Metrology; North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Center


The Department of Biomedical Engineering of the NCSU in a collaboration with the University of North Carolina allows the students an excellent clinical environment for the study of medicine at UNC. At the same time, the College of Engineering at NCSU offers an interdisciplinary platform so that students can stay ahead of their peers by using the best laboratories and computers and updating themselves with the latest developments in mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering fields which is crucial for the discipline. The departments also focus on the much needed entrepreneurial skills while laying emphasis on making them job-ready. The programs offered are BS in Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering, MS in Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Certificates in Biomedical Imaging and Nanobiotechnology. The department’s areas of specialization are Biomedical Microdevices, Medical Imaging, Pharmacoengineering, Rehabilitation Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine.


The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is one of the oldest departments of NCSU having its first batch of graduates in the year 1925. It was ranked the 21st best Chemical Engineering department in the US by US News and World Report in 2019. It has done prolific and noteworthy research in the topics of materials development for energy generation and storage, catalysis and multiphase reactor engineering, process intensification in non-renewable and renewable energy sectors. The available programs are BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. The specialization areas are Biofuels and Energy Technologies; Catalysis Kinetics and Electrochemical Engineering; Polymer Science; Complex Fluids and Microfluidics.


The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering pulls out all the stops to create outstanding engineers. It was ranked the 24th best Civil Engineering department in the US by US News and World Report in 2019. With advanced teaching techniques and learning aids for students and state-of-the-art research facilities, the department has earned recognition from industry and government. Students are not only made experts in technical aspects but also in interpersonal skills, through field visits to industries, dams and irrigation structures, construction sites, etc., which is a vital ingredient to excel in the fast-paced world. The available programs are BS, Accelerated BS/MS program, MS and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. 

Areas of Expertise: Construction Management; Biotechnology; Civil Engineering Technology; Structural Engineering; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Construction & Facilities Management; CE Infrastructure; Electrical Engineering Technology; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Fire Safety Engineering Technology; Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems; Transportation Engineering; Fire Protection & Administration

List of Labs: Infrastructure, Design, Environment & Sustainability Center (IDEAS); Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education;Center for Transportation Policy Studies

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science was ranked the 43rd best Computer Science department in the US by the US News and World in 2019. Computer Science programs are some of the most sought after at NCSU. The department's mission is to advance, evolve and enhance Computer Science and Engineering fundamentals which will facilitate the growth of intellectual capital of the society. The department has been among the top providers of CS talent to companies like IBM, Amazon, SAS, and Cisco, etc. The department is witnessing a period of exciting growth propelled by the expansion in the number of equipment and facilities such as Virtual Computing Laboratory, Extreme Storage and Computer Architecture Laboratory and Big Data Analytics Lab, etc.. The department has managed to earn recognition with its path-breaking research efforts.  The programs offered by the department are BS, BSCE (Game Development), BS (minor), MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering. The specialization areas are Software; Data Science; Security; Artificial Intelligence; Networks; Computer-based education. 

Areas of Expertise: Computer Science; Engineering Management

Electrical / Electronics

NCSU has been constantly ranked at the top for its Electrical Engineering programs. It prepares the students to use computer-intensive technologies effectively. The curriculum has been drafted in a way so as to give rise to professional electrical and electronic engineers, who can serve in the fields of core electrical engineering, information and communication systems, and other related fields. The department has the highest level of industry-funded research in the US, according to Information Technology and Innovative Foundation.
The programs offered by the department are BS, MS, BS/MS (integrated program), Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

Areas of Expertise: Power Systems; Computer Engineering; Microelectronics; Embedded Computing; System Control; Communications; Optoelectronics; Energy and Sustainability; IC Testing

List of Labs: Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications

Engineering Management

NCSU provides a diploma program in Engineering Management. This discipline is an interface between engineering and business. The department helps in enhancing the engineer’s technical problem-solving ability and business acumen and skills. The course is designed for students who intend to work in their current technical field and at the same time expand her or his leadership and management proficiencies. The university offers a Diploma in Engineering Management.

List of Labs: Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems (CLLES)

Industrial Engineering

The Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering aims to equip the students with the necessary skills so that they can deal with various complex system integration and operations. They are taught to create, analyze and establish partnerships with industry sponsors. The department engages the students with local companies in order to extend the hands-on application of the theories taught to them. The available programs are BS, Accelerated BS/MS program, MS-DE, MS-MBA, Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. The specialization areas of the department are Nanomanufacturing; Advanced Manufacturing; Biomedical Manufacturing, Healthcare Systems.
 Materials Science

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering aims to promote the kind of research which will enhance the fundamental knowledge that goes into the development of new materials. The broadly structured programs encompass a wide range of materials and enable students to grasp the scientific principles governing the interrelation among processing, structure, properties, and performance of materials. The programs offered by the department are BS, MS (Materials Engineering), Masters in Nanoengineering, PhD in Materials Science.


The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of NC State University has the reputation of offering the most interdisciplinary courses in its mechanical engineering programs. 
Areas of expertise: Biomedical Engineering; Motorsports Engineering; Metrology; Precision Engineering; Fluid/Thermal Sciences; Materials Engineering; Manufacturing

List of Labs: Center for Precision Metrology; North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Center 

Pure Sciences

The College of Sciences provides a multitude of programs aimed at promoting innovation and the passion for invention. It aims at providing a dynamic educational experience that will prepare the students for a future in academics, research or professional world of the sciences. The university provides BS, MS and Ph.D. programs in Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; Mathematics; Physics; Statistics.

Annual fees for Indians $23,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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