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North Carolina State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is North Carolina State University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

North Carolina State University was awarded 2,764 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

NC State is ranked #95 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when NC State held the #123 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, NC State is ranked at #5.

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Is It Hard to Get Into NC State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at North Carolina State University is a competitive 46%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to NC State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 610 and 690. Math scores were between 620 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 620 to 720 )
NC State received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 27 to 32 )

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North Carolina State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, North Carolina State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at North Carolina State University is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at North Carolina State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

North Carolina State University has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at NC State for first-time, full-time students is 54%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  54 out of 100

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North Carolina State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,150 undergraduates at NC State with 22,929 being full-time and 3,221 being part-time.

How Much Does North Carolina State University Cost?

The overall average net price of NC State is $16,411. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NC State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,283 $9,448 $14,424 $19,833 $23,050

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of NC State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NC State, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $7,042 a year. That adds up to $28,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NC State is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do NC State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from NC State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $61,353 in their early years. This is good news for future NC State graduates since it is 44% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is a public institution located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for NC State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27695-7001
Phone: 919-515-2011

North Carolina State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 104 majors graduated from North Carolina State University. Of these students, 6,502 received undergraduate degrees and 3,105 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 803 $49,783
General Biology 397 $27,992
Mechanical Engineering 285 $64,232
General Psychology 283 $27,334
Computer Science 244 $73,857
Communication & Media Studies 235 $33,358
Textile Engineering 211 $45,374
Animal Science 194 $31,223
Electrical Engineering 167 $68,806
Political Science & Government 163 $34,004

Learn more about the majors offered at North Carolina State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at NC State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 32,700 students took at least one online class at North Carolina State University. This is an increase from the 14,890 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 32,700 9,971
2018-2019 14,890 3,089
2017-2018 14,541 2,986
2016-2017 14,199 2,713
2015-2016 12,377 2,726

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.