North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University Admissions and School Information

Located in Raleigh, NC, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive public university. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered in subjects such as agriculture, forestry, engineering and veterinary medicine.

General Information on North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University (NCSU), situated in North Carolina's capital city of Raleigh, is among the top 100 universities in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2010 Best Colleges rankings. NCSU is the state's largest university, with 10 schools and colleges and a total student enrollment over 31,000. The NCSU campus includes the Centennial Campus, a research partnership between NCSU, industry and government where students learn, live and work.

North Carolina State University began as an agricultural school in 1887. Its mission then was much like its modern goal: to provide education, research and extension services to North Carolina's people. Over 100 years later, NCSU still provides educational opportunities to North Carolinians as well as the rest of the country and 107 foreign countries.

NC State University Admissions and Enrollment Information

Admission to NCSU is selective, and some degree programs are more selective than others. NCSU's undergraduate applications are completed through WolfPaw, a website that guides students through the application. WolfPaw can be used by incoming freshmen, transfer students and international students. Graduate applications are submitted through the Graduate School website, with the exception of graduates seeking a Master of Business Administration. Would-be MBA students complete a separate graduate application online.

North Carolina State University Colleges and Schools

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering is NCSU's largest college and the largest engineering college within North Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranks North Carolina State University's engineering graduate programs 31st in the country. Students can earn bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in engineering disciplines such as biological engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Students are encouraged to perform research in cross-disciplinary areas such as nanotechnology and critical infrastructure.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Chemistry; marine, earth and atmospheric sciences; math; physics; and statistics are subjects covered in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The graduate programs in math and physics are ranked 48th and graduate programs in chemistry are ranked 50th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The college includes research centers such as the State Climate Office, an extension service of NCSU where students compile and provide climate data for North Carolina citizens.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Associate's, bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. programs in life science and agriculture studies can be found in NCSU's second largest division, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). CALS's Agricultural Institute offers nine 2-year degree programs in agricultural science, while students interested in preparing for careers in medicine and veterinary medicine enroll in 4-year degree programs guided by the Health Professions Advising Center. A total of 41 bachelor's degrees and 31 graduate degree programs are offered by the CALS.

College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources was established in 1929 as a school of forestry designed to train North Carolinians to maintain and build the lumber industry. Today, three departments compose the College of Natural Resources: Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Wood and Paper Science; and Forestry and Environmental Resources. Through these departments, students can earn bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in subjects such as parks, recreation and tourism management; paper science and engineering; environmental technology; and watershed hydrology.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary students at NCSU can earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) or a master's degree for qualified veterinarians. The veterinary college is found on the Centennial Biomedical Campus, a campus dedicated to collaboration between students, government and industry researchers. Students have opportunities to work with large and small animals at NCSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats about 22,000 animals annually. Curriculum areas are divided into animal welfare, companion animal medicine, food supply (livestock) medicine, ecosystem health, biomedical research and equine medicine.

College of Education

Future teachers and leaders in education enroll in NCSU's College of Education to study curriculum and instruction; elementary education; math, science and technology education; educational leadership; and adult education. Along with undergraduate, graduate and teacher licensure programs, the College of Education offers many service and research opportunities for students. The Friday Institute, an education research institute, provides opportunities for students to interact with educators, researchers and policymakers, discovering ways to improve education.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences' enrollment includes about 5,000 students. The 60 undergraduate programs cover subjects such as criminology, psychology, English, social work and international studies. Graduate programs include 15 master's and 4 Ph.D. programs in subjects such as communication, history and anthropology.

College of Design

The College of Design contains the School of Architecture, which has been part of the university since 1948. In addition to architecture programs, the College of Design hosts degree programs in landscape architecture, art, graphic design and industrial design. A Ph.D. in Design degree program began in 1999. Special programs include the Home Environments Design Initiative, an extension program for research in sustainable housing design.

College of Textiles

Textile technology, fashion and textile management, and fashion and textile design are undergraduate degrees available from the College of Textiles. Graduate degrees in textile technology and a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science are designed for students who want a career in designing and engineering materials for clothing, upholstery and industrial uses. The College of Textiles offers both Bachelor of Science and master's degree programs online.

College of Management

The College of Management confers baccalaureate degrees in accounting, economics and business administration. Leadership programs are emphasized. The College of Management's Jenkins Graduate School of Management houses graduate programs in business administration, accounting, economics and global management. Interdisciplinary programs include the Graduate Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Certificate Program. That certificate allows students in the science, technology or engineering fields to gain skills in business development.

First Year College

Choosing a major is not easy for all students. NCSU students who enter as freshmen and are undecided about their major may apply for First Year College (FYC). FYC provides a program of advising and coursework to aid students in choosing a major. In this program, students explore more than one major without adding time to a 4-year degree plan. A separate on-campus living community is available for FYC students.

Graduate School

Graduate education has been part of NCSU since 1893. Today, the Graduate School administers over 220 graduate-level degree programs. Master's, Ph.D. and Ed.D. degree programs are offered in fields such as agriculture, engineering management, textiles and veterinary medicine. Some programs offer graduate certificates.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27695
  • Phone Number: (919) 515-2011