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 81 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $ 9,101 (2018-19); out-of-state tuition and fees are $ 28,444 (2018-19). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,150. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Students have a surplus of choices, from more than 100 programs to major in to more than 400 clubs and organizations to join. The university has a large Greek community that fields more than 20 percent of the student body. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though about 80 percent choose to.

#81st in National Universities
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1887
Selectivity Moderate
Size Large
24,150 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 $9,101
Outstate Tuition Fee $28,444
Room and Board Fees $11,078
$49,300 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


48% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$85 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.72 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

85 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

$13,222 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$10,144 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $43,320
98% Students with need received Financial Aid
77% 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 $109,500 in-state and up to $200,000 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 October 15
Goodnight Scholars Program
Total Worth $19,500 per year
Eligibility All entering freshmen from North Carolina choosing STEM or STEM major
Minimum Criteria Family Income less than $110,000 and Demonstrate a history of exceptional academic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline January 15
Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 per year
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria Demonstrated leadership potential, academic achievement, personal talent, unique work/service experience and an understanding of and an appreciation for diversity, demonstrated financial need and Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline February 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 Applicant should have Leadership Experience, Potential, Evidence of Personal Character and Integrity


24,150 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
93% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
79% Students graduate within 6 years