• Alison Merzel

School Spotlight: NC State

If you receive my quarterly newsletter, you recently read that NC State is planning to enroll 5,000 more students in engineering and computer science majors over the next 5 years due to increasing demand for graduates with STEM skills in the Research Triangle and larger North Carolina area. Outside of North Carolina, NC State may not be as familiar of a name as UNC - Chapel Hill or Duke, but it certainly holds its own weight as a leading public research university. Here are 5 fun facts about NC State University:


1) NC State's Centennial Campus is in the heart of the Research Triangle and is home to over 70 industry, government, and non-profit partners as well as over 75 university centers, institutes and departments.


The campus considered an urban oasis, offering something for everyone. Recreation opportunities abound around Lake Raleigh, Dorothea Dix park, or at the only collegiate golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, the Lonnie Poole Golf course. If you consider yourself a foodie, you will enjoy the 50+ food trucks around the Raleigh area that serve campus or the State Farmer's Market, considered one of the best in the country.


2) NC State recently earned the designation as the top entrepreneurship program in the Southeast. Undergraduate students can pursue a B.S. in business administration with an entrepreneurship concentration or consider an entrepreneurship minor. Students can choose to live among other budding entrepreneurs in the Albright Entrepreneurs Village and work among peers and start-up founders in the Entrepreneurship Garage.


3) If you like a campus with tradition and history, you will be intrigued by NC State's nine Hallowed Places, different locations around campus that have earned special designation. One of them may even be haunted!


4) The NC State Wolfpack is in the ACC conference and has 23 varsity programs. NC State claimed 2020 ACC championships in women's basketball and in wrestling, and both men and women's swimming and diving have earned more than one conference championship.


5) The state of North Carolina is a worldwide leader in textile production, so it is no surprise that students can get an outstanding education in textiles at NC State. The Wilson College of Textiles has been recognized as the top institution for textiles in the world. At the undergraduate level, students can pursue degrees in Fashion and Textile Design, Fashion and Textile Management, Polymer and Color Chemistry, Textile Engineering or Textile Technology.


Rising high school seniors can consider the pre-college summer program, Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP). Five one-week sessions are held each summer.


NC State is on both the Common App and the Coalition Application. November 1 is the Early Action deadline and the Regular Decision deadline is January 15. Early Action applicants get priority financial aid consideration as well as Honors and Scholars consideration.



NC State aerial view



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