North Carolina State University - Overview & 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.

Former Names

North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (1887–1918)
North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (1918–1962)
North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh (1963–1965)


March 7, 1887


 Leonidas L. Polk

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

Think and Do

University City

Raleigh, North Carolina
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Faculty to Student Ratio



$1.95 billion

Campus Size

2,110 acres (8.5 km2)

Graduation Rate


Employment Rate


Official Website Link

North Carolina State University, United States

Contact Details

+1 919-515-2011


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North Carolina State University ranking is #312 in the QS Global World Rankings 2022. The university is ranked 301st in the World University Rankings 2021 and 301-350th in the US College Rankings 2022 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

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Acceptance Rate

North Carolina State University acceptance rate is usually around 47% 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:

  • Software Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Civil Engineer.

Notable Alumni

Some famous alumni from North Carolina State University include:

  • Donald Bitzer (professor 1989–present), Father of plasma television
  • John Kessel (professor 1982–present), Science-fiction author
  • Nazmi Albadawi, Midfielder for NASL club Carolina Railhawks
  • Mike Glennon, NFL quarterback
  • Nate McMillan (attended 1985–1986), Former NBA player; former head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Edgar S. Woolard Jr. (1956, Industrial Engineering), CEO of DuPont
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Though its programs are not highly ranked, NCSU is one of the cheaper universities in North Carolina and thus, is quite popular amongst students.

North Carolina State University Location

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.

North Carolina State University Map Location

Address: Raleigh, NC 27695, United States

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