North Carolina State University was founded in 1887 as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanics Arts. The largest four-year college in the state of North Carolina with more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” ranks NC State 20th in “Best Value Schools,” with the 3rd best value among public universities.
Twelve colleges composed of 65 departments make up NC State University, including the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Poole College of Management. According to its website, “it is a global center of learning for some of the most important emerging technologies and new sciences now shaping the future of our world â€“ including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering and computer science.” NC State offers 106 bachelor degree programs, 104 master’s degrees, and 61 doctorate degree programs, including distance education programs such as a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechatronics, a Master of Agricultural Education, a Master of Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Education in School Administration. Distance education programs are available for both degree and non-degree seeking students who have met the course prerequisites.
NC State University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since July 1928. NC State is also accredited for specific programs by the American Psychological Association since April 1987, the American Veterinary Medical Association since July 1983, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since January 1962.
NC State University requires undergraduate applicants to submit a complete admission application with an application fee, a current high school transcript, and official SAT or ACT Plus Writing scores. A personal statement and teacher or counselor recommendations are recommended, but not required. Early application deadline is October 15; regular application deadline is February 1. Graduate students applying to NC State must submit an application and an application fee, an unofficial transcript from a previously attended college or university, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement, as well as any requirements specified by chosen graduate degree program.
North Carolina State University
203 Peele Hall, Campus Box 7103
Raleigh, NC 27695-7103