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North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolinamarker, United States. Commonly known as NC State or NCSU, the University is the principal technological institution of the University of North Carolinamarker system, and is a land, sea, and space grant institution.

The North Carolina General Assembly founded NC State on March 7, 1887, as a land-grant college. Today, NC State has an enrollment of more than 33,000 students, making it the largest university in North Carolinamarker. While NC State has historical strengths in agriculture, design, engineering and textiles, it now offers 9 associate's degrees in agriculture, and more than 100 bachelor's degrees in disciplines including mathematics, meteorology, economics, political science, forestry, physics and education. The graduate school offers more than 100 areas of study leading to master's and doctoral degrees in fields such as psychology, public administration, statistics, and veterinary medicine.


The North Carolina General Assembly founded NC State on March 7, 1887 as a land-grant college under the name "North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts." As a land-grant college, NC State would provide a liberal and practical education while focusing on military tactics, agriculture and the mechanical arts without excluding classical studies. Since its founding, the university has maintained these objectives while building on them.
First freshman class at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889.
After opening in 1889, NC State saw its enrollment fluctuate and its mandate expand. During the Great Depression, the North Carolina government headed by Governor Oliver Max Gardner, administratively combined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker, the Women's College at Greensboromarker, and NC State. This conglomeration became the University of North Carolinamarker in 1971. After World War II, the university has constantly grown and changed. In the summer of 1956, North Carolina State University enrolled its first African-American undergraduates, Edward Carson and Manuel Crockett.

In 1966, single year enrollment reached 10,000. The 1970s saw enrollment surpass 19,000 and the addition of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. NC State celebrated its centennial in 1987 and reorganized its internal structure renaming all its schools to colleges (e.g. School of Engineering to the College of Engineering). Also in this year, it gained of land that would later become the Centennial Campus. During the next decade and a half and continuing today, NC State has focused on developing its new Centennial Campus. Over $620 million has been invested in facilities and infrastructure at the new campus with of space being constructed. There are also 61 private and government agency partners located on Centennial Campus.

Currently, NC State has almost 8,000 employees, over 31,000 students, a $1.01 billion annual budget, and a $535 million endowment. It the largest university in the state and one of the anchors of North Carolina's Research Triangle, together with Duke Universitymarker and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker.



Holladay Hall, the first building built on NC State's campus in 1889, now houses the Chancellor's Office.
NC State's Main Campus has three sub-campuses: North Campus, Central Campus, and South Campus. North Campus is the oldest part of NC State and is home to most academic departments and a few residence halls. Central Campus is primarily composed of residence halls, cafeterias, gymnasiums and student support facilities. Finally, Greek Court, the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, and student park-and-ride areas are found on South Campus. North and Central Campus are separated by the North Carolina Railroad. Pedestrian tunnels allow students to commute between campuses. Central and South Campuses are separated by Western Boulevard, a major downtown artery. University Housing divides Main Campus into West, Central, and East Campus for residence hall purposes. West and Central campuses are divided by Dan Allen Drive, while Central and East are divided by Morill Drive and Reynolds Coliseummarker.

, Main Campus is known for its distinctive red brick buildings. Because of oversupply, odd brick statues dot the landscape, the University Plazamarker, colloquially named "The Brickyard", in Central Campus is nicknamed for its paving material, and most sidewalks are also made from brick. The Brickyard and sidewalks also sporadically contain white brick mosaics and other patterns.

The Memorial Bell Tower, located in the Northeast corner of North Campus, serves as the signature of NC State and appears in the NC State Official Seal. It was constructed as a monument to alumni killed in World War I. The granite tower, completed in 1937, is 115 feet (35 m) tall. As a tradition, the Bell Tower is lit in red at night immediately following athletic victories and certain academic achievements. The Bell Tower, however, does not actually have a bell; The carillon system that can be heard ringing from the bell tower is actually housed in nearby Holladay Hall. There are plans to move the bell from Withers Hall to the bell tower during slated renovations.

The Court of North Carolina, just West of the Memorial Bell Tower, is surrounded by the 1911 Building; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Tompkins, Caldwell, Winston Halls and Poe Hall; Page Hall, home to College of Engineering offices; and Leazar Hall, former location of the Computer Science Teaching Labs. It was once home to 100 trees (one for every county in North Carolinamarker), but damage caused by Hurricane Fran in 1996 reduced the number significantly, including the destruction of a particularly old and large tree which was some in diameter. Some replanting has occurred, but the Court's former appearance is far from being restored.
Completed in 1937, the Memorial Bell Tower was built to honor thirty-three NC State alumni who died in World War I.
It stands tall.
Southwest of the Court of North Carolina is another landmark, the Free Expression Tunnel. The Tunnel functions as one of three pedestrian tunnels underneath the railroad tracks separating North Campus and Central Campus. This particular tunnel is the site of sanctioned graffiti; anyone may paint there, and it is often the place for political statements, personal messages, and art.


NC State's main campus is augmented by the mixed-use Centennial Campus. Located south of the Memorial Bell Tower, this campus houses university, corporate, and government research, in addition to classrooms and non-student residences. The College of Textiles is based on this campus and long-term plans have the majority of the College of Engineering relocating to the new campus, which has already begun with the addition of two buildings, Engineering Building I and Engineering Building II. The offices of Red Hat, ABB, and the National Weather Service are also on the Centennial Campus, as well as Centennial Campus Middle School.


West Campus is located west of the Memorial Bell Tower. The campus's is bordered by the stadiums and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds to the west and Meredith Collegemarker to the east. Situated on this campus is the University Club and North Carolina's only veterinary school. Since most of the Veterinary School campus is rolling pastoral land, part of it is converted to parking space during the North Carolina State Fairmarker and NC State football games.

J. C. Raulston Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden operated by NC State, and located just south of West Campus. It is open daily without charge.


The stadium property is northwest of the Memorial Bell Tower. Both Carter-Finley Stadiummarker and the RBC Centermarker are located there. Aside from the two stadiums, the property is mainly open space used for event parking. The property borders the North Carolina State Fairmarker to the North and hosts tailgating parties before NC State football games.


In March 2008, NC State launched the University Sustainability Office to address environmental concerns on campus and includes a Director of Sustainability, a Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, a Sustainability Program Coordinator, and a Sustainability Student intern.NC State has established a commitment to reduce its annual energy consumption per square foot by at least 4% over a 10 year period. In addition, the university has surpassed the Executive Order 156 goal of diverting 40 percent of their solid waste stream from the landfill through a variety of campus reuse and recycling programs. NC State incorporates locally grown, organic, and free range foods into dining service meals at several events such as Earth Week’s EarthFest and the annual All Carolinas Meal with foods local to the Carolinas. Examinations of the campus’ sustainability practices by the Sustainable Endowments Institute resulted in a “C+” grade for NC State on the College Sustainability Report Card 2009.


Academic Units Table
College Enrollment

(Fall 2006)
Degrees include1
Undergrad Graduate


Life Sciences
3,920² 828
  • Biological Sciences
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
Design 483 202
  • Art and Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Architecture
Education 633 919
  • Higher Education Admin
  • Mathematics Education
  • School Admin
Engineering 5,627 1,840
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science


Social Sciences
4,057 755
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Communication
Management 2,308 497
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics

978 205
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Forest Management
  • Professional Golf Management



906 702
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Textiles 733 131
  • Textile and Apparel Management
  • Textile Engineering
  • Textile Technology

0 381
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Immunology
First Year College 1,417 0 (Non-degree granting)
Graduate School - - (See colleges above)³
  1. This list is not exclusive;

    full lists are available of bachelor degrees and graduate degrees
  2. An additional 364 students are pursuing associate's degrees.
  3. Graduate programs are run by the respective colleges,

    but all graduate degrees are awarded by the Graduate School.


NC State is one of 17 campuses that constitute the University of North Carolinamarker system. Each campus has a high degree of independence, but each submits to the policies of the UNC system Board of Governors. The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the North Carolina General Assembly for four-year terms. President Erskine Bowles heads the system.

The Board of Trustees of NC State has thirteen members and set all policies for the University. The UNC system Board of Governors elects eight of the trustees and the Governor of North Carolina appoints four. The student body president serves on the Board of Trustees as a voting member. The UNC system also elects the Chancellor of NC State, currently Jim Woodward.

The Board of Trustees administers NC State's eleven academic colleges. Each college grants its own degrees with the exception of the First Year College which provides incoming freshmen the opportunity to experience several disciplines before selecting a major. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the only college to offer associate's degrees and the College of Veterinary Medicine does not grant undergraduate degrees. Each college is composed of numerous departments that focus on a particular discipline or degree program, for example English, Computer Science, or Accounting. There are a total of 66 departments administered by all eleven NC State colleges.

In total, NC State offers 9 associate's degrees in agriculture, bachelor's degrees in 102 areas of study, master's degrees in 108 areas and doctorate degrees in 60 areas. NC State is known for its programs in agriculture, engineering and science. The textile and paper engineering programs are notable, given the uniqueness of the subject area.


Considered a more selective university, NC State accepts more than half of those who apply for undergraduate admissions. For the class of 2012, 59% of about 18,000 applicants who applied for admission to N.C. State were accepted. For the Class of 2013, over 19,000 applications were received.. This was the largest application pool ever at N.C. State and the highest among the UNC system. This class includes about 160 valedictorians and salutatorians. About 48% were ranked in the top 10% of their class and 71% ranked in the top 20%. The mean GPA for freshman entering fall of 2008 was 4.12. Transfer admission is also as competitive. Over 3,000 students apply for one of the 1,500 places in the transfer class at NCSU. The mean transfer GPA was a 3.30 fall of 2008.

NC State requires undergraduate admission candidates to choose a preferred college of study. After determining that an applicant meets the overall university requirements, the individual college must also agree to accept the student. Because of this process, some colleges have significantly higher admission requirements than others. For example, the College of Engineering has higher admission standards than the College of Natural Resources. The College of Design has an exceptionally difficult admissions process, including a full portfolio review and, for some majors, an in-person interview. Every year, the College of Design admits only 130 students. In addition, students might have a difficult time transferring between colleges. Transferring to the College of Design from another college could be difficult because of lack of design experience.

The Graduate School reviews all postgraduate education applications. For fall 2005, 7,206 prospective students applied to the Graduate School; 2836 (39.4%) were admitted. Of these, 1,755 (61.9%) enrolled. Total fall 2005 graduate enrollment 6,128.


The library system at NC State, ranked 27th out of 113 North American research libraries, includes 3.4 million volumes and 54 thousand journal subscriptions (as of 2005). The library system has an annual budget of over $20 million and consists of five libraries. The largest library, D. H. Hill Library, located on Main Campus is over eleven stories tall and covers over 119 thousand square feet (11 thousand square meters). NC State, as a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), has interlibrary loan services with Duke Universitymarker, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker, and North Carolina Central Universitymarker.

Reputation and rankings

US News and World Report places NC State 85th out of 248 national universities in the US (34th out of public colleges). The Shanghai Jiao Tong Universitymarker's Academic Ranking of World Universities positions NC State 101st among 500 world universities in terms of scientific research leading towards a Nobel Prize in 2005. Furthermore, it was ranked 96-98 worldwide in 2009 according to Global University Ranking.

NC State is rated twelfth among the nation's colleges and universities in terms of value, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance. In 2006, NC State was ranked second by Princeton Review and fifth by U.S. News & World Report on their lists of best values among the nation's public colleges and universities. Recently, the university was ranked 6th in the country by The Princeton Review on the list of best value for 2010 at a public university.


There are several notable scholarships of North Carolina State University which include:The Park Scholarship Program - Made possible by generous financial support from the Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York, The Park Scholarship Program was established in 1996. Among the most prestigious undergraduate merit scholarships, the Park program pays expenses for 4 years of study at NC State, a one time computer stipend, and costs associated with enrichment activities. There are approximately 35 in-state scholarships (valued at $80,000) and 15 out-of-state scholarships (valued at $130,000) awarded each year to incoming freshmen at North Carolina State University. Selection is based upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character.The Centennial Scholarship - A scholarship to the College of Textiles. Introduced by the North Carolina Textile Foundation in 1999 as a part of the College of Textiles' Centennial Celebration, Centennial Scholarships carry the greatest value among all scholarships at the College of Textiles. Furthermore, the Centennial Scholarship is among the highest valued scholarships offered at North Carolina State University. This scholarship covers approximately 80 % of expenses to attend NC State, and on-campus housing (or a stipend for an equal amount) and a meal plan (or predetermined allowance), with any remaining funds to be used as a stipend for books and travel expenses (for up to eight semesters). In addition, each Centennial Scholar will have access to a $7,500 enrichment fund that will allow him/her to participate in a variety of leadership, language immersion and international studies programs, attend international textile shows and benefit from other approved textile enrichment opportunities. Selection is based upon demonstrated high academic achievement throughout high school with proven and potential leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and unique life experiences.The Caldwell Fellows Program - Created by the NC State Alumni Association to honor the legacy of former Chancellor John T. Caldwell, the Caldwell Fellows Program is a leadership development scholarship program with a strong focus on servant leadership. To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time, first-year student at NC State University with a GPA of 3.25 or greater and meet the program's selection criteria. Caldwell Fellows are selected on the basis of strong academic performance, leadership potential, orientation toward community and service, commitment to personal growth and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to maximizing program opportunities. Students that go through the program are challenged by Dr. Caldwell's charge to "THINK BIG" in all their pursuits.


The athletic teams of NC State, known as the Wolfpack, compete in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. NC State is a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and has won eight national championships: two NCAA championships, two AIAW championships, and four titles under other sanctioning bodies. Most NC State fans and athletes recognize the rivalry with the North Carolina Tar Heels as their biggest. NC State was a founding member of the Southern Conference and is also one of the four teams on Tobacco Road.

The primary logo for NC State athletics is a red block 'S' with an inscribed 'N' and 'C'. The block S has been in use since 1890 but has seen many alterations through the years. It became the sole logo for all NC State athletic teams in 2000 and was modernized to its current design in 2006.

NC State athletic teams are nicknamed the 'Wolfpack' (most women's teams are also called the "Wolfpack," except for the women's basketball team who go by the "Wolfpack Women"). The name was adopted in 1922 when a disgruntled fan described the behavior of the student body at athletic events as being "like a wolf pack." Prior to the adoption of the current nickname, NC State athletic teams went by such names as the Aggies, the Techs, and the Red Terrors. Since the 1960s the Wolfpack has been represented at athletic events by its mascots, Mr. and Ms. Wuf. In print, the 'Strutting Wolf' is used and is known by the name 'Tuffy.'

Student life

Hill Library stands 11 stories tall and is named for NC State's first librarian.
Thirty-three percent of all students live on campus in one of twenty different residence halls. Most residence halls provide academic and social events as well as host programs that acclimate incoming students to the college experience. Each residence hall or residence hall area has an elected council to provide for local event programming and an outlet for student concerns. Collectively, representatives from each hall make up the Inter-Residence Council which represents the on-campus residence-life community as a whole.

While Greeks do offer some social events, many residence halls host their own events, though alcohol policies are strictly enforced. One significant party is the "College of Design Halloween Bash" hosted by the College of Design every October. By far the largest party and social events are those associated with sporting events.

The student center of the University includes an African American Cultural Center which has an art gallery and a library. There is also a multicultural student affairs office.

Student life at North Carolina State University includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. Besides fraternities and sororities, there are multicultural groups, arts groups, political and social action groups, service and professional groups, religious groups, sports and recreation groups, academic and professional groups, and special interest groups such as the Clogging Team, the Film Society, the Judo Club, the Equestrian Club, and the Black Finesse Modeling Troupe.

Student Government

Founded in 1921, NC State Student Government is a student-run organization that serves as the official voice of the student body and attempts to better the student experience at the University. Both a governing body and an advocacy group, Student Government is involved in policy-making, adjudication, programming, advocating, community service, and countless other activities. The organization is a clearinghouse for concerns from students and answers from administrators. The organization also is responsible for distributing a portion of the fees it receives to student organizations in a process known as appropriations.

The Student Government at NC State is composed of three branches. The Student Senate is a 64-member body that legislative policy and Student Government budgets. The Student Body President heads the executive branch. The president executes policy passed by the senate and is a member of the NC State Board of Trustees. The Student Chief Justice heads the judicial branch and is the only student body elected member of the branch.

Student traditions

Homecoming Week

Homecoming week, an event run by the AASAP (Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program), is one of the only homecoming weeks entirely run by students. Usually at the end of October, starts with a Kickoff event and ends with the Pack Howl pep rally and concert. Featured performers have included Lonestar, Ludacris, Chris Daughtry, and most recently Cartel, Guster and The Avett Brothers.

During the week, events such as Wear Red-Get Fed, a parade down Hillsborough Street, and a campus-wide Spirit Competition take place. The week also includes a Leader of the Pack competition honoring NC State's brightest and most passionate female and male student leaders.


The Shack-A-Thon, an NCSU tradition since 1991, is NC State's Habitat for Humanity's annual fall fundraiser. Habitat for Humanity and many other student organizations take over the Brickyard by building shacks that the students live, sleep, and study in for an entire week. Each group raises money by collecting from people walking through the brickyard.

Krispy Kreme Challenge

A more recent tradition of NC State is the Krispy Kreme Challenge. In this race, students meet at the University's Memorial Bell Tower, then run to a Krispy Kreme shop away. Each student must eat twelve glazed doughnuts, then run back to the Bell Tower within one hour. The Challenge was listed as one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated.

Hillsborough Hike

Occurring on the last day of classes (before finals), it is a bar crawl that starts at one end of campus at Memorial Bell Tower and ends at the other end of Hillsborough Street. The goal is to get a drink from every bar. Typically, the hike incorporates all of the "traditional" bars on the street that have been in the area for decades. These bars include Sadlack's Heroes, Player's Retreat (PR), and Mitch's Tavern; though not officially a bar, the Western Lanes bowling alley is also a popular stop. Gas stations and general stores have also become frequented and accepted stops along the "hike".

Student media

Technician has been NC State's student-run newspaper since 1920. It employs more than 100 students throughout the year and reports on campus news, sports, entertainment, and state and national news. Technician is published Monday through Friday when school is in session with a circulation of about 15,000. The paper is funded by advertisement and a student media fee; it is distributed for free at numerous locations on campus and at area merchants.

NC State's oldest student publication, the Agromeck yearbook, celebrated its 100th birthday with the 2002 edition. It acts as a compendium of student life on campus including sporting events, social activities, and day-to-day living. The yearbook serves as a historian of campus and is a reminder of the way things used to be. Each year, nearly 1,000 copies are printed and sold.

The University has its own student-run radio station, WKNCmarker. WKNC is a non-commercial station and cannot run traditional advertisements. It does seek sponsors, who can be acknowledged on the air, but around 60% of the station's funding is from the university. The radio station broadcasts at 25,000 watts and reaches around 200,000 people. The station host several formats run by student disc jockeys.


Jim Goodnight, founder of SAS Institute.
NC State has 156,297 living alumni with 61% of alumni living in North Carolina. There are 100 alumni clubs in North Carolina and another 42 states also have active clubs. In addition to alumni, the university employs 2,040 faculty and 5,843 staff. A number of NC State alumni and faculty have made significant contributions in the fields of government, military, science, academia, business, arts, and athletics, among others.
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Nobel Prize winner

John Edwards, former U.S. Senator and two time presidential candidate, and James B. Hunt Jr., 4-term Governor of North Carolina, are among the most notable alumni with involvement in politics. Combining science and politics, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the elected chief of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

Several alumni hold or have held top positions at large companies. These include: Caterpillar Inc. (James W. Owens), Thomasville Furniture Industries (Nancy Webster), DuPont (Ed Woolard), SAS Institutemarker (James Goodnight), Citrix Systems (Mark Templeton) and MurFam Enterprises (Wendell Murphy). Donald Bitzer, the father of Plasma Television and Emmy Award winner currently sits on the faculty of NC State.

Over 50 NC State alumni have achieved the rank of Brigadier General or higher in the United States Military.The first four star officer at NCSU, General Maxwell R. Thurman, a former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Hugh Shelton, now retired, was a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four star general. General Dan McNeill currently commands the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistanmarker. General William C. Lee is often referred to as the "Father of the U.S. Airborne."

Some alumni have become national academic leaders. Albert Carnesale was the chancellor of UCLAmarker from 1997 to 2006 after a 23 year tenure at Harvard Universitymarker. Bill Friday served as president of the University of North Carolina systemmarker for 30 years. William Brantley Aycock served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker from 1957 until 1964.

Several NC State students later became professional athletes. Bill Cowher coached 15 seasons with the Steelers including the Super Bowl XL championship team and he currently is a studio analyst for The NFL Today. Over 130 NC State alumni play or have played in the NFL including current players Torry Holt who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals, Jerricho Cotchery of the New York Jets, #1 pick Mario Williams who plays for the Houston Texans, and Philip Rivers who plays for the San Diego Chargers. Another 41 alumni have played for the NBA including hall of famer David Thompson and players Cedric Simmons, Julius Hodge, J.J. Hickson, Josh Powell, and Thurl Bailey.

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