North Carolina State University, Raleigh

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Educational Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
North Carolina State University (also referred to as NCSU, NC State, or just State) is a public land-grant research university in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1887 and part of the University of North Carolina system, it is the largest university in the Carolinas. The university forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle together with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".
The North Carolina General Assembly established the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now NC State, on March 7, 1887, originally as a land-grant college. Today, NC State has an enrollment of more than 35,000 students, making it among the largest in the country. NC State has historical strengths in engineering, statistics, agriculture, life sciences, textiles and design and offers bachelor's degrees in 106 fields of study. The graduate school offers master's degrees in 104 fields, doctoral degrees in 61 fields, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
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  • Great! My dad works there! He is really passionate at what he does and he teaches Electrical and Computer Engineering.  more »
  • We spent two full days meeting and eating at the University Club. The meeting room was a good size and excellent in every way. While there we ate four meals, snacks and drinks. All the food and...  more »
  • I am going to preface this by saying I am a Duke fan. I married into it though, so go easy on me. I don't know too much about the university in terms of standing or how it ranks, but this review is more centered on the actual grounds of the campus. I stayed at a hotel right across from campus while my wife participated in a clinic held on campus. I found the campus really beautiful and well kept. I don't think I saw all of it, but I saw a lot of the buildings and I was impressed with how nice they were. The campus feels inviting and it was easy to walk around or bike around. The campus is pretty easy to navigate and there are tons of great restaurants and bars nearby. You also have your common chain fast food and stores, which is great when you live on campus. I would have loved that for my campus when I was in college. You will find art throughout the campus as well. I thought it was nice to see art installations set up around the campus. It seems like they really value art on campus. The basketball arena is gorgeous inside. I loved how the inside of the arena celebrates former great NC State teams in different sports as well as NC State athletes who went on to do well in professional leagues. I didn't go in the cafeteria building, but it is gorgeous. It looks brand new and I can imagine it is popping during the school year. I would come see an event on campus if given the opportunity I would jump at taking a class or clinic here.
  • I fell like is better there but when I get older I want to go there
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