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About NC State University

Innovation in action. It’s a commitment NC State University has made since its founding as a land-grant institution in 1887. And true to its charter, NC State has taught generation after generation of leaders.

But today NC State is much more.

NC State is a community of achievers. Whether educating students for the 21st century, improving lives through life-altering research, or partnering with communities, business, and government to create jobs, NC State’s commitment to innovation creates a culture of excellence that spreads to every facet of the university and affects people’s lives in relevant, powerful ways.

A nationally recognized leader in science and technology with historic strengths in agriculture and engineering, NC State provides a high-quality education in the humanities and social sciences, design, education, life sciences, management, natural resources, physical and mathematical sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in 102 fields, master’s degrees in 108 fields and doctoral degrees in 60 fields, as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. And NC State students aren’t just prepared for today’s careers but for those of the future, working in emerging fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and computer science. Over the past five years, NC State students have been awarded more than 100 national scholarships, fellowships and grants.

The university has about 7,000 employees, including approximately 1,800 full- and part-time faculty and extension field faculty. Currently, NC State faculty include nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, eight members of the National Academy of Engineering, one member of the Institute of Medicine and numerous Fellows in a large number of professional associations.

Centennial Campus, NC State’s unique research park, is home to more than 100 companies and agencies. Working in an advanced technology community, university, industry and government partners produce scientific and technical innovations.

NC State is ranked 6th in technology strength of patents, 7th among national research universities in industry-funded research, 12th among national research universities in non-federally funded research, and has received more than 500 patents for beneficial technologies developed by our world-class faculty. More than 50 companies have spun out of NC State since 1980, and those companies now employ almost 2,000 people in fields like textiles, pharmaceuticals, software and environmental engineering.

Through an extension network and partnerships that foster economic development, NC State has shown its commitment to North Carolina’s citizens. NC State’s extension network reaches each of North Carolina’s 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation, working all across the state to achieve everything from better air quality to improved wood products.

Quick Facts
Founded: March 7, 1887
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Student Population: 29,957
Faculty Population: 1,825 total; 1,638 full-time
Total Research Expenditures: $286 million
Total Federal Research Funding: $140 million
Number of Patents Held: More than 500
Land Mass:2,110 acres on the Raleigh Campus, plus more than 101,000 acres in research and extension farms, forests and facilities throughout the state.
Colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, Veterinary Medicine

NC State: Achieve!


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