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North Carolina State University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about North Carolina State University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is North Carolina State University Ranked?

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2021 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 233 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked NC State as #105 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when NC State held the #121 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

NC State is also ranked #6 out of 56 schools in North Carolina.

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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 51%, 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 41% 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 680. Math scores were between 620 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 610 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 620 to 710 )
NC State received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for North Carolina State University  ( 26 to 31 )

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North Carolina State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 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 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 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

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At NC State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 44%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  44 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at NC State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 24,150 undergraduates at NC State with 21,384 being full-time and 2,766 being part-time.

NC State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for NC State is 81.01 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.01 out of 100
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How Much Does North Carolina State University Cost?

The overall average net price of NC State is $16,404. 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 +
$8,744 $10,112 $14,667 $19,364 $22,244

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NC State, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $6,438 a year. That adds up to $25,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NC State is 2.8%. 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 $52,500 in their early years. That's great news for NC State students since it is 32% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at North Carolina State University make the most money.

Location of North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is a public institution situated in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of North Carolina State University

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 107 majors graduated from North Carolina State University. Of these students, 6,096 received undergraduate degrees and 3,432 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 675 $48,400
General Biology 305 $31,000
Textile Engineering 256 $42,400
Computer Science 239 $69,800
Mechanical Engineering 230 $63,800
General Psychology 205 $23,000
Communication & Media Studies 200 $34,200
Electrical Engineering 200 $69,100
Animal Science 195 $26,900
Accounting 153 $45,700

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 14,541 students took at least one online class at North Carolina State University. This is an increase from the 14,199 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 14,541 2,986
2016-2017 14,199 2,713
2015-2016 12,377 2,726
2014-2015 12,321 2,750
2013-2014 11,901 2,591

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