Fast Facts

NC State creates prosperity for North Carolina and the nation through an innovative community of faculty, staff and students. Our land-grant roots help us thrive in agriculture and engineering, and have grown us into a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.

More than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing — pursuing original research, starting new companies, and serving their communities. Our 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships External Link with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to remake our world for the better.

NC State adds $6.5 billion to the statewide economy External Link each year. We’re ranked among the nation’s best values for universities by Princeton Review External Link; the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina by Money magazine, No. 9 for best value in public higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance External Link and we’re on CNBC Make It’s External Link list of top 50 colleges that pay off the most . Those are just a few reasons for the Wolfpack community to be proud, and there are many more.

Our Fast Facts data is updated yearly each fall after the Fall Census.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

As a research-extensive land-grant university, North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.

Approved by:

  • NC State University Board of Trustees, 4/22/11
  • UNC Board of Governors, 6/10/11

Vision

As a preeminent public research university, NC State University will be increasingly recognized nationally and internationally for its innovation in education, research, scholarship and engagement that solves the world’s most critical challenges. NC State will be known as a diverse, equitable and inclusive community that has a transformative impact on society and advances the greater good.

Values

  • Excellence — in innovation, education and discovery, reflected in our unwavering commitment to pursue research and scholarship that solve problems and advance the greater good.
  • Community — in how we respect and care for all within our university community, value the contributions of every member of our Wolfpack, promote health and well-being, and help one another succeed.
  • Inclusion — through a culture that promotes personal excellence and institutional equity by seeking, welcoming and supporting individuals and ideas from a broad diversity of backgrounds.
  • Freedom — in thought, speech, expression, inquiry and dialogue as a critical part of our mission to pursue and disseminate knowledge while promoting civil and respectful discourse.
  • Integrity — in all we do, reflected in our commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior and our dedication to transparency and accountability in governance.
  • Collaboration — across colleges and divisions, disciplines and perspectives, and in how we partner with a broad range of organizations to find solutions to challenges at home and around the world.
  • Sustainability — in our commitment to wise stewardship of resources, prudent financial planning and environmentally responsible operations.

Our Students

First Year Profile

Enrollment

Degrees

32,907

15,602

4,982

Applied Admitted Enrolled

37,556

Total Enrollment

10,592

Total Degrees Awarded

  • Average HS GPA (weighted): 4.31
  • Average HS GPA (unweighted): 3.83
  • Average SAT score: 1,350
  • Average ACT score: 30
  • Gender
    • Female: 53.2%
    • Male: 46.8%
  • Students from NC rural counties: 34%
  • # Spring Connection students: 273
  • First-year retention rate: 93.5%
  • Career/Degree
    • Agricultural Institute: 229 / 0.6%
    • Bachelors: 24,960 / 66.5%
    • Undergrad non-degree studies: 1,774 / 4.7%
    • Undergrad certificate: 213 / 0.6%
    • Masters: 5,776 / 15.4%
    • Doctoral: 3,619 / 9.6%
    • Veterinary Medicine (DVM): 397 / 1.1%
    • Graduate non-degree studies: 295 / 0.8%
    • Graduate Certificate: 293 / 0.8%
  • Gender
    • Female: 18,547 / 49.4%
    • Males: 19,009 / 50.6%
  • In-state vs out-of-state
    • In-state: 30,289 / 80.7%
    • Out-of-state: 7,267 / 19.3%
  • Career/Degree
    • Agricultural Institute: 126 / 1.2%
    • Bachelors: 6,381 / 60.2%
    • Masters: 2,860 / 27.0%
    • Doctoral: 531 / 5.0%
    • Veterinary Medicine (DVM): 96 / 0.9%
    • Undergrad certificates: 154 / 1.5%
    • Graduate certificates: 444 / 4.2%
  • By term
    • Fall: 2,611 / 24.7%
    • Spring: 6,851 / 64.7%
    • Summer I: 259 / 2.4%
    • Summer II: 871 / 8.2%
  • Gender
    • Female: 5,122 / 48.4%
    • Male: 5,470 / 51.6%
  • Six-year graduation rate: 85%
Data reflects Fall 2021 Census Data reflects Fall 2021 Census Data reflects 2020-2021 Academic Year
Learn more about the first year at NC State External Link Learn more about enrollment at NC State External Link Learn more about student success at NC State

 

Our Faculty and Staff

Faculty
2,515

Staff
7,138

  • Categories
    • Professor: 843 / 33.5%
    • Associate Professor: 512 / 20.4%
    • Assistant Professor: 556 / 22.1%
    • Instructor: 1 / 0.0%
    • Lecturer: 373 / 14.8%
    • Field faculty: 146 / 5.8%
    • Librarian: 84 / 3.3%
  • Type
    • Tenured faculty: 1,099 / 43.7%
    • Tenure-track faculty: 348 / 13.8%
    • Professional: 1,026 / 40.8%
    • Phased Retirement: 42 / 1.7%
  • Full-time vs Part-time
    • Full-time faculty: 2,224 / 88.4%
    • Part-time faculty: 291 / 11.6%
  • Gender
    • Female: 1,022 / 40.6%
    • Male: 1,493 / 59.4%
  • Full-time vs Part-time
    • Full-time staff: 7,063 / 98.9%
    • Part-time staff: 75 / 1.1%
  • Gender
    • Female: 3,950 / 55.3%
    • Male: 3,188 / 44.7%
  • Student workers: 3,238
    • Female: 1,552 / 47.9%
    • Male: 1,686 / 52.1%
Data reflects Fall 2020 HR Census Data reflects Fall 2020 HR Census

Our Colleges and Programs

Colleges and Their Enrollments

Programs and Departments

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: 4,030 / 10.7%
  • College of Design: 924 / 2.5%
  • College of Education: 1,957 / 5.2%
  • College of Engineering: 10,375 / 27.6%
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: 4,700 / 12.5%
  • College of Natural Resources: 2,104 / 5.6%
  • College of Sciences: 4,120 / 11.0%
  • Wilson College of Textiles: 1,001 / 2.7%
  • Poole College of Management: 4,557 / 12.1%
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: 488 / 1.3%
  • University College: 1,218 / 3.2%

 

  • Other enrollments
    • Advanced Analytics and non-degree seeking students: 2,082 / 5.5% 
  • 300+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • 11 colleges
  • 60 departments
  • Online and distance education
    • 1,000+ courses
    • 100+ programs
Data reflects Fall 2021 Census

Our University

University Profile

University Impact

#1 Best Public College
in North Carolina

Money Magazine (2020)

190+ startups and spin offs based on NC State research.

  • 11 colleges representing all major academic fields
  • Top-20 Most-Desired Job Candidates Among College Graduates (Wall Street Journal)
  • Top 10 in “America’s Best Employers By State” for North Carolina (Forbes 2020)
  • 700+ student organizations
  • Browse  our domestic and International rankings
  • Educating more North Carolinians than any other university
  • $1.639 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-2021
  • $1.42 billion endowment (June 30, 2020)
  • 17th on Princeton Review’s 2019 Top Green Colleges (NC State Sustainability)
  • Libraries
    • 2.5+ million total user visits per year
    • 3.2+ million titles
    • 123,350+ print and electronic serial subscriptions
    • 685 databases
    • 1.3 million e-books
  • View our organizational structure
  • $398 million in new research awards for fiscal year 2019
  • #5 nationwide in licenses and options executed among universities without a medical school
  • #4 for startups launched among public universities without a medical school
  • 800+ commercialization agreements with industry partners, putting us in the top 20 in commercialization nationally
  • 1500+ U.S. patents issued, yielding 600+ consumer products
  • 70+ partners on our Centennial Campus
  • NC State Extension Service provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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