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North Carolina State University

United States

# 388 QS World University Rankings 2014
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About North Carolina State University

With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.


NC State students, faculty and staff are focused. As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, NC State is committed to playing an active and vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world.


How? Researchers across the university and Centennial Campus are deeply engaged in making new, application-driven discoveries. As a major research university, NC State has the people —from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty — and the responsibility to advance knowledge, transfer technology, and discover and develop innovations that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.


And we are. NC State’s research expenditures are approaching more than $325 million annually, with almost 70 percent of faculty engaged in sponsored research and 2,500 graduate students supported by research grants. NC State is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures.


North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a joint effort with NC A&T State University, puts knowledge to work, providing unbiased, research-based information to more than 2.2 million citizens throughout the state each year. And when the Industrial Extension Service knocks on the door of a business, they are warmly greeted. Over the past five years, the group has returned nearly $540 million in direct annual gain to the state by helping businesses increase efficiency, productivity and quality through the use of the latest technologies and best practices in engineering and business management.


NC State’s Centennial Campus is a unique community of collaboration. Industry and government partners work alongside faculty, staff, post-docs and students conducting cutting-edge research in state-of-the art facilities. Home to more than 130 corporate and government research partners, as well as incubator companies, and NC State University research units, Centennial Campus is the premier university research campus in the country.


Calling NC State and Raleigh home


Consistently ranked among the nation's top 50 public universities and ranked by Princeton Review as a best value for students, NC State is a place where students can fit in — and dig in. Beginning their freshmen year, NC State students start work on their major right away — whether it’s conducting research alongside faculty or starting a challenging co-op or internship. While the student population is large, you won’t get lost in the crowd. Faculty and staff are accessible, friendly and helpful; large classes are always paired with smaller discussion sections or labs.


Many students and faculty from around the globe call Raleigh home. And it's no wonder why. Raleigh, the state’s capital city, is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work. The Research Triangle region surrounds the NC State campus where many of the country’s leading, Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies are located.


Colleges of NC State


NC State University consists of 10 schools and colleges: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Design, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Poole College of Management, College of Natural Resources, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, College of Textiles, College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the First Year College and Graduate School.



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NC State offers students housing options that range from traditional residence hall living to campus-based village communities to on- and off-campus apartment complexes owned and operated by the university for upperclassmen and graduate student residents.

Our residence halls are living-and-learning centers equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In our Living and Learning Villages — residence hall communities devoted to students who share similar academic, personal or lifestyle interests — you’ll live and learn with a ready-made group of peers who share your values, priorities and interests.

University apartment complexes include Wolf Village, Western Manor and the all-new Wolf Ridge on Centennial Campus, plus E.S. King Village — an apartment community that serves NC State’s married, graduate and nontraditional undergraduate population.


With more than 600 student organizations on campus, you can experience it all: running a daily newspaper, deejaying for one of the nation’s top college radio stations, building robots, exploring improv comedy or dance and much, much more. Whatever your area of interest, be it political, professional, social, ethnic or academic, there’s a student organization for you.

The hub for our student activities is the new Talley Student Union, a state-of-the-art foundation for student life. Combined with the tradition of our hallowed places, NC State is a place where community comes alive and students truly think and do.

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203 Peele Hall, Campus Box 7103
Raleigh, NC 27695-7103

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