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    North Carolina State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1877, North Carolina State University is a public research university in Raleigh, North Carolina. Established as North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the institute gained the university status in 1965 and now offers a plethora of programs across 12 academic schools. Currently NCSU has over 35,000 enrolled students which makes it one of the largest universities in the US. Out of all students, 15% are international students who come from over 120 countries all over the world. The female to male ratio in the institution stands at 45:55.

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    North Carolina State University Rankings

    NCSU is ranked:

    • #201-300 in the Global University Ranking published by ARWU
    • #295 among all the world university by QS
    • #232 among the global universities by US News rankings.


    Type Public
    Campus setting Urban
    Established 1887
    Application fee 100 USD
    For general inquiry (919) 515-2011
    Admission helpdesk
    Total enrolment 36,304
    Total Endowment 1.4 billion USD
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    Official Website

    North Carolina State University Campus

    • There are 12 colleges under the affiliation of NCSU which comprises of 65 different departments.
    • The main campus of North Carolina State University comprises three sections. The north campus consists of the main academic buildings and South campus houses the Greek Court, the McKimmon Conference and Training Centre whereas the central campus houses the halls of residence, cafeterias, gyms and other recreational centres.
    • The libraries of NCSU can boast of having a colossal collection of books, videos and film holdings in between them.
    • The five libraries of the University collectively have 4.4 million volumes, 50,000 print and electronic subscriptions, and more than 20,000 digital images stored in them.
    • There are 70 intramural and club sport programs on the campus for the students of the NCSU.
    • A large number of active student organizations also exist on campus.

    North Carolina State University Residence

    • 35% of full-time undergraduate students of NCSU live on campus.
    • On campus stay is mainly accommodated in one of the residence halls of campus.
    • University housing facilities are divided into four broad areas which are East Campus, Central Campus, West Campus, and University Apartments.
    • NC State students can choose from 15 Living and Learning Villages, which are communities constituted with students forming with common interests covering a variety of interests.
    • There are also various campus apartments where residents can avail the privilege of apartment style living while staying on campus.

    North Carolina State University Programs

    • Through its 65 departments, NCSU offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate courses.
    • The graduate programs are offered by the Graduate School under NCSU.
    • NCSU offers undergraduate major courses in Accounting, Design Studies, Microbiology, physics and in many more areas of study.
    • Its 160 master’s and 60 doctoral programs include national leaders in engineering, the sciences, natural resources, management design, agriculture and life sciences, education, humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine.
    • Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration are some popular master’s programs.
    • Other graduate programs in North Carolina University include doctorate and certificate programs.

    Top Programs in North Carolina State University

    Programs Fees Per Annum
    M.Sc Computer Science $18,049
    M.Sc Computer Networking $40,145
    M.Sc Data Science $18,049
    M.B.A $87,217
    M.Sc Mechanical Engineering $14,499

    North Carolina State University Application Process

    Applicants applying from outside the US should apply as international students. A minimum requirement for english language proficiency is required to qualify for admission at NCSU. UG and PG application requirements are given below:

    Application Portal: Common app or University portal

    Application Fee: 100 USD

    Application Deadline:

    • UG: For Fall session Deadline is November 1, for spring session it is October 1
    • PG: For fall session application deadline is March 1 and for Spring session it is July 15.

    Undergraduate Admission Process:

    • Admission requirements16:
      • Applicants need to submit the completed application form and pay the application fee via common app.
      • For programs deemed as Studio-Based Majors, a portfolio alongwith application form is also needed.
      • The following set of documents should be submitted by freshmen candidates
        • All the previous academic transcripts.
        • Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.
        • Proof of financial stability.

    Graduate Admission Process:

    • Admission Requirements:
    • General requirements for admission into any postgraduate program are:
      • A bachelor degree
      • GPA
      • Proof of English Language proficiency
      • The supporting documents needed at the time of application are:
        • Official transcripts
        • English proficiency scorecard
        • CV/Resume (if applicable)

    In addition to this, there are some additional requirements which vary according to programs.

    North Carolina State University Cost of Attendance

    • It is always helpful to have an estimate of expenses while studying in the US.
    • The following two tables indicate the estimated cost of attendance at NCSU for Undergraduate and graduate students respectively:
    2020-21 Out-of-State Residents
    Tuition & Fees 29,220 USD
    Books & Supplies 1,082 USD
    Housing 6,768 USD
    Meals 4,833 USD
    Personal Expenses 1,608 USD
    Transportation 1,328 USD
    Loan Fees 40 USD
    Total 44,879 USD
    • The elaborated tuition fees for different programs are cited in the official website.
    • An additional 1,308.40 USD Mandatory Health Insurance charge is included on students’ accounts unless they waive out of the semester premium charge.

    North Carolina State University Financial Aid

    • Students of NCSU can avail the financial aid by means of various scholarships, grants, loans and student employment.
    • A range of scholarships are offered to the NCSU enrolled students which can be classified as College-Based Scholarships, Employer-Affiliated Scholarships, Rising Freshmen Distinctive Scholarships, Current Student Distinctive Scholarships.
    • The international students will have to consult the Office of International Services for matters related to scholarships.
    • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the students will have to fulfil the program eligibility requirements.
    • The average merit grant received by a student is around 5,000 USD.
    • International students may also apply for different kinds of private loans to fund studying in the US.
    • There are also Graduate Student Funding and Miscellaneous Funding schemes which offer scholarships to graduate students.

    North Carolina State University Placements

    • There are various placement driven programs organized by NCSU to give the students enough exposure to the field of industry, placement, internships and jobs.
    • Accelerate to industry, Academic Packways, and Preparing the Professoriate are some of the programs run by NCSU to help students with the placement scenarios. Usually these programs are organized by the Graduate School.
    • Average salary of graduates after 10 years of graduation from NCSU is 49,800 USD.

    North Carolina State University Alumni

    Notable alumni of NCSU include:

    • John Edwards, former U.S. Senator and two time presidential candidate.
    • Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Inc.
    • Zach Galifianakis, Famous actor and comedian.
    $ 87,2171st YEAR

    21 months

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    North Carolina State University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $27,892 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    13 : 1

    North Carolina State University comparison

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    collegedunia score5.2 Out of 10- Out of 105.5 Out of 10- Out of 105.5 Out of 106.9 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 126 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 190 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    # 226 US News 2021
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    # 64 Center for World University Rankings 2021
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    # 146 US News 2021
    # 151 Times Higher Education 2021
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    # 20 Center for World University Rankings 2021
    # 20 Times Higher Education 2021
    subject strength# 101 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 126 for Engineering by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 126 for Technology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 93 for Law by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 96 for Clinical Science by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 126 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 28 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 53 for Law by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 59 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 73 for Engineering by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 73 for Technology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 74 for Computer Science by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 48 for Education by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 49 for International Business by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 49 for Economics by Times Higher Education 2021
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    # 10 for International Business by Times Higher Education 2021
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    programsUG Programs -102
    PG Programs -110
    UG Programs -24
    PG Programs -101
    Doctorate Programs -1
    UG Programs -17
    PG Programs -36
    Doctorate Programs -3
    UG Programs -94
    PG Programs -78
    Doctorate Programs -1
    UG Programs -66
    PG Programs -58
    Doctorate Programs -19
    UG Programs -97
    PG Programs -73
    Doctorate Programs -3
    acceptance rate47.0 %27.4 %26.0 %65.1 %84.1 %9.0 %
    exam scoreGMAT - 715
    PTE - 76
    IELTS - 7.75
    TOEFL - 100
    SAT - 1310
    ACT - 29
    GMAT - 588
    GRE - 310
    TOEFL - 90
    IELTS - 6.5
    SAT - 1445
    ACT - 33
    GMAT - 720
    TOEFL - 100
    IELTS - 7.7
    SAT - 1405
    ACT - 31
    GMAT - 675
    IELTS - 7.5
    TOEFL - 105
    SAT - 1270
    ACT - 28
    TOEFL - 80
    IELTS - 6.5
    SAT - 1235
    ACT - 26
    GMAT - 650
    GMAT - 745
    IELTS - 8
    TOEFL - 105
    SAT - 1460
    ACT - 33
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   28060.21 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   27891.62 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 31725 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   31260 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   48000 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 33560 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   49494.59 USD
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    Average Tuition Fees   44579.52 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 1950 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   32458 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   14357 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 21512 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   31200 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   25200 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 26088 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   53227.27 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   26683.22 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 14798 USD Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Graduate employability rank (2020): 111-120.
    Highest Paid Degrees- MBA ($135,000). MSc ($129,000), Other masters ($124,000). BSc ($93,000). 

    Graduate employability rankings: #201-250
    MBA: $107,350
    MS: $81,000
    BSc: $78,000
    Avg. Annual alumni salary: $62,300
    Some of the top recruiters are Amazon, iRobot, Morgan Stanley, EY, Bose, Blackstone group, Wellington Management.

    Graduate employability rankings (2020)- #101-110.
    MBA: $135,000 (avg)
    Commerce graduates: $78,000 (avg package). 
    MS accounting: $61,00 (avg)
    MS global commerce: $63,000 (avg)

    Graduate Employability Rankings- #191-200 (QS 2020); Average annual salary: 75,050 USD; Top recruiters: Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Virginia Tech, Lockheed Martin Corp, Capital One Financial Corp; Highest paid degrees: MBA (134,000 USD), Masters (Other) (120,000 USD), Bachelor of Science (83,000 USD), Master of Science (82,000 USD), Bachelor of Arts (55,000 USD).

    Top Recruiters are WP Carey & Co., Goldman Sachs Group, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Intel Corp, Daimler Benz, Rubbermaid, AMERCO, HSBC, Shell oil company, Bank of America, Honeywell International. 92.5% recruitment happens in the university. Graduate employability rankings (2020)- #101-110

    The average salary of Duke graduates is 85,000 USD. Top recruiters include Duke University; Inc.; Capital One Financial Corp; Booz, Allen, and Hamilton; Microsoft Corp. Best paying degrees are Executive MBA (162,000 USD), MBA (140,000 USD), LLM (130,000 USD), Master in Finance (128,000 USD)

    application requirements

    SAT/ACT scores are required by all applicants, applications are accepted through both Common App and Coalition app. 

    LOR- 2 or 3 letters of recommendation, SOP- yes, GPA- 3.5 (89% or more). 

    UG applicants are required to submit school counselor recommendation. 
    Supplemental portfolios are to be submitted through slide room.
    Language proficiency may not be required for graduate admissions if bachelor’s degree is obtained from a university where medium of instruction is English.

    Academic transcripts; GMAT/ GRE scores for graduate admission; 3 LORs; Sop; Resume; Proof of English language proficiency.

    LOR- 3 letters of recommendation, SOP- Yes, GPA- 3.53 (C+ grade)

    Transcripts, Standardized scores, 3 LORs, SOP (1-2 pages), Resume, Other supplemental documents (such as writing samples, research papers, etc.)

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    Admission & dates

    Application Portal :

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    IELTS Check Detailed Score7.756.59-
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score10080120-
    SAT Check Detailed Score13101230139041
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing645610680-
    ACT Check Detailed Score29263160

    North Carolina State University Acceptance Rate

    47.0 %

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $28,060 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $27,892 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,082 / Year
    On campus, Single Room
    $10,470 / Year
    On Campus, Double Room
    $9,105 / Year
    On Campus , Studio Room
    $12,150 / Year

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    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Psychology Programs
    American Psychological Association
    Veterinary Programs
    American Veterinary Medical Association


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    College Rating

    Based on 10 Students Rating

    7.3 out of 10
    8.6/10Social Life


    7.8 /10

    NCSU is great for manufacturing systems and technologies. Having Industrial tie-ups also lets gives you the exposure to succeed in a manufacturing/corporate setup. Placements are also great and cost of living isn’s too heavy on your pockets.

    Course Curriculum :

    Industrial Tieups, Internship as a degree requirement

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    6.5 /10

    Because of it's research and practical education in field of software engineering. NCSU ranks top 5 according to

    Course Curriculum :

    Regarding Course and curriculum at NCSU ... They provide courses which are helpful for industrial requirements. Now they are more focusing to introduce courses related to Data science and machine learning. Also leaning systems and algorithm is one of the best courses here in CS program.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8.2 /10

    Since I had already made up my mind about studying in the US, I contacted a few acquaintances who immediately recommended this university. Admissions at NC State University are fairly competitive and I think my academic record is what helped me get enrolled at this university. I also had to pay an application fee of $100 as I applied through the Common Application.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course includes a wide variety of topics related to my major i.e Computer Science such as biomedical devices, home automation, games and toys, environmental controls, automobile control systems, and intelligent vehicle highway systems, industrial robotics, voice/speech recognition, computer intelligence, networking, and wireless communications over a duration of four years. It helped me establish a good foundation in the field.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    8.7 /10

    I was keen on doing my MBA from the US so I applied to various colleges and got selected here. I had to face an interview before the final selection. The application fee is around $85 and I needed to submit an MBA Supplemental Application also as I applied through the common application form. I was a Commerce graduate and scored a 55% cumulative total in my three-year graduation.

    Course Curriculum :

    I had opted for a core curriculum as well as a few electives. The course is entirely technology-driven. Practical applications and business processes are employed in a collaborative learning environment. The course also involves projects and partnerships. The curriculum is an integrated one. I definitely have gained from on-the-job like experience.

    8 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    9.3 /10

    I have had a friend in the past go to this college and they had all the goods things to say about it. The application fee was waived for me which made me want to apply. I also read that this was one of the highest-rated schools and it seemed like a good place to start my higher education. I know that it may be a hard school to get into but with my educational background and positive attitude, I knew that I could make it in and I did.

    Exams :

    This program is one of the best communication programs because it allows us to get a ton of hands-on experience. I also like the student to professor ratio because I didn't want to be stuck in a position where I couldn't get one-on-one attention because of the class size. I got 1500 on my SAT exam so I think that put me in a better position to be accepted at this university.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    2101 Hillsborough Street, NC 27695

    Nearby this campus

    • Book Store
    • Airport
    • Shopping Mall
    • Super Market
    • Restaurant

    Book Store

    Reader's Corner Inc0.65 km
    Nice Price Books & Records0.72 km
    Foundation's Edge1.23 km
    Ridgewood Bookfairs1.91 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Mission Valley Shopping Center0.96 km
    Balcony1.28 km
    Ridgewood Shopping Center1.92 km
    Shops at Erwin Mill2.00 km
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    Neomonde Mediterranean Raleigh1.20 km
    Irregardless Cafe2.39 km
    Mellow Mushroom Raleigh3.15 km
    Sullivan's Steakhouse3.15 km
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    Sky-5 Heliport0.92 km
    A2 Global Shipping4.12 km
    NCSHP Heli-Facility7.56 km

    Super Market

    Almadina Super Market1.03 km
    Whole Foods Market2.02 km
    The Fresh Market2.18 km
    Unlimited Produce Inc.3.69 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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