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Science & Engineering Profile

NC State University is a place where ideas become solutions and today’s students grow into tomorrow’s leaders. 

North Carolina State University is a preeminent research university that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine. With nearly 100 academic majors to choose from, our educational landscape is as diverse as our student body. 

NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. Our high-performing students apply what they learn in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service.

Powerhouse in STEM
NC State University’s programs in engineering, statistics, and veterinary medicine are among the best in the country. And we’re a leader in emerging fields such as analytics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering. Many of our academic programs are ranked in the top 100, according to U.S.News & World Report.

Our award-winning Centennial Campus is home to more than 70 public and private partners—as well as the innovative Hunt Library, which TIME magazine has named “the library of the future.” It is one of the most technologically advanced learning and collaboration spaces in the world. NC State is also leading efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, develop a smart electric grid, create self-powered health monitors, help farmers confront climate change, and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Smart energy
NC State is leading the FREEDM Systems Center in its efforts to develop the new smart grid, a multidirectional “energy Internet” that routes power to where it’s needed, maximizing efficiency and minimizing outages. The smart transformer FREEDM has built as part of this energy overhaul was named one of the world’s 10 breakthrough technologies by MIT Technology Review.

Nanotech health monitoring
Parts of the solution, however, are too small for the eye to see. At the ASSIST Center, researchers are pioneering wearable nanodevices that are powered by the human bodies they monitor. These tiny sensors will help doctors and scientists gather bioinformatic data, improve our health, and combat chronic disease.

Outfitting first responders
NC State is creating the next generation of uniforms for first responders—clothing that’s more comfortable with better protective features. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, researchers with the University’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center are designing and testing a new base ensemble of shirts and pants for emergency workers.




#1 in proportion of STEM grads among land-grant universities: U.S.News & World Report

#8 return on investment nationally for degrees in science technologies: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard

#15 among all U.S. engineering colleges in number of B.S. degrees awarded to women: American Association of Engineering Education, 2013