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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. 

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. That experiential education ensures they leave here ready to lead the workforce, confident in the knowledge that NC State consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education.

Leading the pack
Many of our strengths lie in fields that solve global problems and shape local economies. We have programs in engineering, business administration, statistics, and veterinary medicine that are among the best in the country. And we’re a leader in emerging fields such as analytics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering.

We also provide a high-quality education in the humanities and social sciences, plant and animal life sciences, management, education, natural resources, and the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological, and earth-system sciences. The breadth of our academic excellence is reflected in the strength of NC State’s library system, which includes the Hunt Library, ranked as one of the 16 coolest college libraries in the country by Business Insider.

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Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city, is located in the heart of the state’s Triangle, a hotbed for education, research, and innovation. Ranked among the best places for business and careers, Raleigh is just minutes away from the Research Triangle Park, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise and home to 200+ research and technology companies.


Type of University: Four-year public research university
Size of campus: The NC State campus is 2,090 acres. Nearby are research farms, biology and ecology sites, horticulture and floriculture nurseries, and research forests that cover an additional 3,000 acres.
Number of students: 24,473 undergraduates; 33,989 total student enrollment
Number of faculty: 2,004 full- and part-time faculty; 16:1 student-faculty ratio
Colleges, programs, AND degrees: 12 colleges representing all major academic fields
Geographic diversity: NC State University students come from all 50 states and over 120 countries; 10% of the student population is international.
International Student services: The Office of International Services (OIS) is committed to meeting the immigration advising and cross-cultural programming needs for the University’s more than 3,000 international students. Services provided by OIS include advising students and scholars on immigration regulations and school policies, authorizing certain types of on- or off-campus employment authorization for F-1 and J-1 visa holders, and providing cultural programs designed to enrich the cultural and academic experience of the campus community. OIS provides the resources and assistance international students need to succeed as they begin their academic career at NC State.

International student budget: 2015–2016
Tuition and Fees$24,932
Estimated Total Expenses$38,749
Financial aid: Financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens, U.S. dual citizens, or permanent residents.
Test score requirements:
Minimum required scores:
TOEFL IBT is 85 (minimum of 18 in each sub score).
IELTS Academic is 6.5 (minimum of 6.5 in each sub score).
PTE Academic is 62 (minimum of 53 in each sub score).
SAT/ACT is optional for international students.
Application deadlines and fees:
First deadline: October 15
Final deadline: January 15
Application fee: $100