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

NC State University will emerge as a preeminent technological research university recognized around the globe for its innovative education and research addressing the grand challenges of society.

Values

Consonant with our history, mission, and vision, North Carolina State University affirms these core values:

  • Integrity—in the pursuit, creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge
  • Freedom—of thought and expression
  • Respect—for cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Responsibility—for individual actions and service to society
  • Stewardship—in sustaining economic and natural resources
  • Excellence—in all endeavors

Our Students

First Year Profile

Enrollment

Degrees

31,374

14,735

4,665

Applied Admitted Enrolled

36,762

Total Enrollment

10,146

Total Degrees Awarded

  • Average HS GPA (weighted): 4.27
  • Average HS GPA (unweighted): 3.81
  • Average SAT score: 1,320
  • Average ACT score: 29
  • Gender
    • Female: 50.3%
    • Male: 49.7%
  • Students from NC rural counties: 22%
  • # Spring Connection students: 291
  • First-year retention rate: 94%
  • Career/Degree
    • Agricultural Institute: 268 / 0.7%
    • Bachelors: 24,573 / 67.4%
    • Undergrad non-degree studies: 1,520 / 4.2%
    • Undergrad certificate: 170 / 0.5%
    • Masters: 5,418 / 14.9%
    • Doctoral: 3,370 / 9.2%
    • Veterinary Medicine (DVM): 486 / 1.3%
    • Graduate non-degree studies: 406 / 1.1%
    • Graduate Certificate: 261 / 0.7%
  • Gender
    • Female: 17,772 / 48.7%
    • Males: 18,700 / 51.3%
  • In-state vs out-of-state
    • In-state: 29,786 / 81.7%
    • Out-of-state: 6,686 / 18.3%
  • Career/Degree
    • Agricultural Institute: 163 / 1.6%
    • Bachelors: 5,987 / 59.0%
    • Masters: 2,780 / 27.4%
    • Doctoral: 557 / 5.5%
    • Veterinary Medicine (DVM): 100 / 1.0%
    • Undergrad certificates: 105 / 1.0%
    • Graduate certificates: 454 / 4.5%
  • By term
    • Fall: 2,632 / 25.9%
    • Spring: 6,353 / 62.6%
    • Summer I: 231 / 2.3%
    • Summer II: 930 / 9.2%
  • Gender
    • Female: 4,835 / 47.7%
    • Male: 5,311 / 52.3%
  • Six-year graduation rate: 82.6%
Data reflects Fall 2020 Census Data reflects Fall 2020 Census Data reflects 2019-2020 Academic Year
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Our Faculty and Staff

Faculty
2,457

Staff
7,239

  • 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: 8 / 3.2%
  • Type
    • Tenured faculty: 1,099 / 43.7%
    • Tenure-track faculty: 348 / 13.8%
    • Professional: 1,026 / 40.8%
  • 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: 3,315
    • Female: 1,552 / 47.9%
    • Male: 1,686 / 52.1%
Data reflects Fall 2020 Census Data reflects Fall 2020 Census

Our Colleges and Programs

Colleges and Their Enrollments

Programs and Departments

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: 4,026 / 11.0%
  • College of Design: 861 / 2.4%
  • College of Education: 1,883 / 5.2%
  • College of Engineering: 9,757 / 26.8%
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: 4,681 / 12.8%
  • College of Natural Resources: 2,085 / 5.7%
  • College of Sciences: 4,095 / 11.2%
  • Wilson College of Textiles: 1,010 / 2.8%
  • Poole College of Management: 4,352 / 11.9%
  • College of Veterinary Medicine: 486 / 1.3%
  • University College: 1,191 / 3.3%

 

  • Other enrollments
    • Advanced Analytics and non-degree seeking students: 2,045 / 5.6% 
  • 300+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • 11 colleges
  • 60 departments
  • Online and distance education
    • 1,000+ courses
    • 100+ programs
Data reflects Fall 2020 Census

Our University

University Profile

University Impact

#1 Best Public College
in North Carolina

Money Magazine (2020)

170+ 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
  • $1.714 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 (projected)
  • $1.4 billion endowment (June 30, 2019)
  • 17th on Princeton Review’s 2019 Top Green Colleges (NC State Sustainability)
  • Libraries
    • 2.5+ million total user visits per year
    • 5.3+ million volumes
    • 122,000+ print and electronic serial subscriptions
    • 678 databases
    • 1.3 million e-books
  • Learn about our peer universities
  • View our organizational structure
  • $373 million in new research awards for fiscal year 2019
  • #2 nationwide in licenses and options executed among universities without a medical school
  • #4 for startups launched
  • 600+ license agreements with industry partners, putting us in the top 20 in commercialization nationally
  • 1500+ U.S. patents issued, yielding 600+ consumer products
  • 8500+ jobs created
  • NC State Extension Service provides services to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

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