The Basics

Aerial view of Hillsborough Street roundabout and Belltower.

NC State University, in Raleigh, North Carolina, was established as a land-grant college in 1887. As a comprehensive public university, NC State is well recognized for education, research, and extension activities, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a “best value” among public universities in the United States. NC State is the largest of the 16 higher-education institutions in the University of North Carolina system, with over 2000 faculty members, an administrative and support staff of more than 5500, and a current enrollment of nearly 25,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students from across the state and around the world. Through its 11 colleges, NC State offers more than 100 undergraduate programs, 100+ master’s programs, 60+ doctoral programs, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.

Click on the links at left to learn more about NC State’s mission, organizational structure, history, and accreditation; find quick facts about enrollment, graduation, faculty, staff, and finances; and see how we compare to our peers.

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