About Us


Founded March 7, 1887 by the North Carolina General Assembly under the provisions of the national Land-Grant Act, North Carolina State University is now one of the nation's preeminent research institutions and the university of choice for accomplished, high-performing students from around the world.

NC State's extensive public and private partnerships create a unique culture of collaboration to address the grand challenges facing society. The university's solution-driven research, technology and scholarship lead to new ideas, products and services. It's no wonder NC State is know for its forward-looking philosophy: Think and Do.

With more than 33,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff, NC State is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in interdisciplinary innovation. As a leader in experiential education, NC State provides remarkable opportunities for students to put learning into practice and to develop career-ready skills.

The university is consistently ranked as a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report and is regularly named by Princeton Review/USA Today and Kiplinger as a national top-20 best value in higher education, a ranking that combines academic quality and affordability. Because of this value, NC State students graduate with lower-than-average debt, according to U.S. News.

Beginning their freshman year, NC State students are able to explore their major right away — by conducting research alongside faculty or starting a challenging co-op or internship. NC State has a large and diverse student population with the feel of a tight-knit community.

NC State is located in the Research Triangle region, home to many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies. NC State’s Centennial Campus is home to more than 150 corporate and government research partners, incubator companies and NC State research units. 


As a research-extensive land-grant university, North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strengths in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.


NC State University is located west of downtown Raleigh on 2,099 acres. The campus acreage includes Centennial Campus on 1,105 acres and Centennial Biomedical Campus on 215 acres. West Campus includes the College of Veterinary Medicine and the stadium/arena complex. Nearby are research farms, biology and ecology sites, horticulture and floriculture nurseries and research forests that cover an additional 3,000 acres. Elsewhere across the state are research farms and 4-H camps.

Research Triangle Park

NC State is one of three nationally renowned research universities in the Triangle area, along with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the 30 mile triangle formed by the three universities is Research Triangle Park, a 7,000-acre research park founded in 1959 by leaders in academia, business and government. Today, Research Triangle Park is home to some of the most innovative technology and research-based companies in the world.


The university has 9,313 employees, including 2,571 faculty. Among the many honors and recognitions received by members of the faculty are 16 memberships in the National Academy of Sciences, 21 memberships in the National Academy of Engineering, one membership in the Institute of Medicine, and 664 members of NC State's Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Outreach and Extension Program

As North Carolina’s flagship research intensive, community engaged land-grant university, NC State has a unique mission to serve the citizens of this state through technical assistance, professional development, lifelong education, technology transfer, and other means of applying knowledge to real world issues and problems. Faculty, students, and staff from all ten academic colleges and other units engage in collaborative research, learning, and service partnerships with business, industry, government, and communities, in the Triangle region and across the state. Extension and engagement imperatives include economic development, environmental stewardship, K-12 education, leadership development, and entrepreneur support. NC State’s Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development reaches over one million citizens annually through Cooperative Extension, Industrial Extension, McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, NC State’s Economic Development Partnership, the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, and the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center.


In the 2017 Fall Semester, the university’s head count enrollment totaled 34,331. Included in this number were 24,150 students in undergraduate degree programs, 10,282 in graduate degree programs, 402 First Professional and 1,807 non degree-seeking students. The total enrollments by college were:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences - 3,494
  • Design - 806
  • Education - 1,731
  • Engineering - 9,549
  • Natural Resources - 1,893
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - 4,370
  • Management - 3,772
  • Sciences - 3,758
  • Textiles - 1,116
  • Veterinary Medicine - 479
  • Division of Academic and Student Affairs - 1,210

The student population included 2,038 African American students, 4,742 other non-white students, and 15,741 female students. Students at the university come from 52 states (including DC and territories) and 116 foreign countries. The international enrollment is a distinctive feature of the institution as 4,328 international students give the campus a cosmopolitan atmosphere.