North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
4-year Public university


North Carolina State University—Raleigh is a public institution established in 1887 with city setting located at Raleigh. It is ranked 60 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $ 9,105 (2023-24); out-of-state tuition and fees are $ 31,976 (2023-24). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 26,254. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Students have a surplus of choices, from more than 100 programs to major in to more than 580 clubs and organizations to join. The university has a large Greek community that fields more than 13 percent of the student body. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though about 80 percent choose to.

#60th in National Universities
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1887
Selectivity Moderate
Size Large
26,254 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Science Technologies/Technicians
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $9,105
Outstate Tuition Fee $31,976
Room and Board Fees $13,719
$48,377 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


47% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$85 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.8 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Optional
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coaliation Application

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, PTE Academic Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the official native language in the applicant's home country

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$14,492 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$10,883 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $47,493
43% Students with need received Financial Aid
26.8% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline: March 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

The Park Scholarship
Total Worth up to $120,000 in-state and up to $221,000 out-of-state, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Demonstrated exceptional academic ability, potential in leadership and service, and exemplary character
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Goodnight Scholars Program
Total Worth $23,000 per year
Eligibility All entering freshmen from North Carolina choosing STEM or STEM major
Minimum Criteria outstanding students in the STEM and education disciplines
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline N/A
Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship
Total Worth Varies
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Must be a student associated with the Chancellor’s Leadership.
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline April 15

Other Scholarships

Shelton National Leadership Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 annual NC State tuition and fees, housing, etc. plus Annual enrichment funds of $2,000
Details Applicants must either be applying to NC State University or be enrolled in the university, depending upon the individual scholarship.
Caldwell Fellows
Total Worth --
Details The Caldwell Fellows program invests in students selected during their first year at NC State who share a passion to learn, grow and serve others. The Caldwell program provides extensive programming and leadership training, as well as fosters collaborative interaction with alumni, faculty and community partners.


26,254 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
93% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
65% Students graduate within 6 years