North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University


Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive public university with a multicultural and diverse student body. NC State is widely renowned for its pioneering research in science and technology. Located in Raleigh, which has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States, NC State has also been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best value colleges in the country. Students can choose between more than 300 different undergraduate and graduate programs in 65 departments, and can begin taking classes in their major as soon as they come to campus.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach The Saturday Program for Academic and Cultural Education (SPACE)

The Saturday Program for Academic and Cultural Education is named after Lt. Colonel Guion (Guy) Stewart Bluford, Jr., the first African American astronaut in space. An academic program designed for 6th through 8th grade students from Wake County and surrounding school districts, the program provides interactive learning and cultural activities in writing, math, science, social studies and technology throughout the academic year.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College Advising Corps

Works to scale up efforts to match low-income students with colleges that best meet their needs. Recent graduates will be assigned to work with high schools in underserved communities, help those students understand their options, encourage their success, and assist in the application process for both admission and financial aid.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program (NC-MSEN)

The mission of the North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program is to prepare underserved students at the middle and high school levels (grades 6-12) for careers in education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Experience NC State Multicultural Admitted Student Day

For students who were admitted to NC State, the Multicultural Visitation Day is invitation-only and features representatives from student organizations, faculty from several academic departments, and admissions staff to answer questions specifically for students of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Scholarship & Financial Aid Pack Promise

For those with the greatest financial need, Pack Promise is here to help you eliminate the barrier of cost standing between you and a college education.Pack Promise does more than put your college education within reach—it guarantees that NC residents who qualify for Pack Promise will receive an aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated financial need.

Academic Advising & Support Multicultural Student Affairs

The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on African American, Native American and Hispanic students. Many of the programs and services expand students’ cultural horizon while honoring their respective cultural experiences.

Student Life & Support Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (SSS) program is one of three TRIO programs originally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965, whose objective is to help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to complete their college education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SSS is committed to helping low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities achieve a bachelor’s degree.

Mentoring Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program targets first-year African American, Native American and Hispanic students. The primary objective of the program is to contribute to the advancement of first-year students by aiding in their academic, emotional and social adjustments to college.

Student Diversity

  • 24,536
  • 56/44
  • 25%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • 5%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 73%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 3%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 76%
    Six-year graduation
  • 64%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 79%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 27%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,850
    Full-time faculty
  • 288
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Engineering, Business Administration, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Textiles, Animal Science, Communication

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Native American Student Association, African- American Student Affairs, Union Activities Board, Mi Familia, Student Mentor Association, Peer Mentor Program, Multicultural Student Affairs, Afrikan American Student Advisory Council, Hispanic Student Affairs, Juntos


Cost of Attendance

  • $26,399
  • $8,880
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,635
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $106,560,507
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $12,567
    Average aid package
  • $22,626
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 20%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 67%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 91%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 27%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 26,160
    # of applicants
  • 47%
  • 3.68
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 560—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 590—680
    SAT Math
  • 540—630
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15; College of Design 10/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $85
    Application Fee
  • $85
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 10/15
    Early action application closing date