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North Carolina State University, Raleigh

North Carolina, United States

Ranked among top 30 universities in US

About North Carolina State University, Raleigh

North Carolina State University (NCSU) is a public research university started in 1887. It has an enrollment of over 30,000 students, making it the largest university in Carolina by a margin. NCSU is especially well known for programs like ECE, CSE and Computer Networking (which is offered in very few other universities), and this fact coupled with its low tuition fees makes it a dream college for many a student.


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3159
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Location

NCSU is located in Raleigh, which is the capital city of North Carolina. Raleigh is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and the city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County.


Infrastructure

NCSU main campus has three sub campuses, North, Central and South. Although your life would be pretty much centered around the Engineering buildings (which is in the wonderful centennial campus), you should definitely take a few long walks around the rest of the campus, because well, it’s quite breathtakingly beautiful. Added to the fact that all the libraries, laboratories and research centers are state-of-the-art, and you get the perfect ‘university feel’. The gym, recreation center and the sports/athletic facilities are great as well. The brand new Hunt Library is certainly one of the most amazing structures you'll ever see, magnificent and hi-tech, it is the world’s first artificial intelligence involved library.


Residing Options

The NCSU campus offers you with 20 on-campus residential halls and 5 in-campus residential apartments. As for accommodation to live off-campus - you'll find the largest concentration of Indians in areas like Avery Close, Colonial Arms, Kensington Park, Kings Court, Gorman Street and Champions Court. NCSU has its own student apartment complexes like University House and University Suites, which afford students a fair amount of privacy and space.


Weather

Rayleigh experiences a humid subtropical climate. What’s that? In Raleigh, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are short and very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 89°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 95°F. Rayleigh also tends to receive heavy snowfall and Ice-storms aren’t terribly uncommon either.


Faculty and pedagogy

Dedicated to fostering students who will be future leaders in shaping the field of STEM education, NCSU faculty and staff are the track makers in 21st century teaching and research methods. By combining real-world experience with a wealth of knowledge, the faculty here consistently focuses on innovative and creative solutions to today’s most critical educational issues. Professors go out of their way to help, provided the initiative comes from the students. Also, the course is structured in such a way so as to give you excellent practical as well as theoretical knowledge. NCSU also has a rather excellent Tutorial Center, where you can get free one-to-one help whenever you may need it.


Financial aid

Financial Aid is the resources provided to a student to meet his or her college expenses abroad. At NCSU, Financial aid funds may come from federal, state, institutional and private sources. There are two basic types of financial aid: gift funds (money that does not need to be repaid) and self-help funds (money that is borrowed and must be repaid, or earned while enrolled). There are a numerous ways to get a financial aid at NCSU. NCSU offers scholarships, grants, loans and student employment.


Jobs and placements

With 92% employment rate, companies that have interned and hired for full-time employment are Cisco, Netapp, EMC, Yahoo, Amazon, RIM, Google, Microsoft, nVidia, Intel, Qualcomm and IBM being the regular recruiters at NCSU.


Crowd and campus life

People from all over the world come to NCSU. There's a dominance of 'Asians' (Chinese and Korean students), but there are a number of Indians and Arabs as well. All are highly competitive and quite talented and they have a fantastic organisation which helps new Indian students at NCSU settle in, and also organizes various events during Diwali, Holi, etc.

Raleigh isn't the most lively of places, but it has some fantastic things to do. The brilliant museum is one of the best you'll ever see, but unfortunately most students are too busy studying to go and take the city in. The only area with any kind of nightlife is downtown Raleigh. Common hangouts there are The Flying Saucer, the Players Retreat and Rum Runners. Since there aren’t too many great bars around, most students prefer partying indoors.


Alumni

  • James W. Owens - Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.
  • James Goodnight - Co-founder and CEO of the SAS Institute
  • John S. Mayo - Former President of the Bell Labs
  • Apple Inc. - Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer
  • Caterpillar Inc. - James W. Owens
  • SAS Institute - James Goodnight
  • National Agents Alliance - Andy Albright, President and CEO
  • HowStuffWorks - Marshall Brain
  • MurFam Enterprises - Wendell Murphy


Verdict

NC State University values diversity. You not only benefit from multiple viewpoints, experiences and perspectives, diversity is critical to their academic mission. They believe, without it, their students can barely succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace. Everyone who comes to NC State University enriches the university through their varied knowledge and backgrounds. And they expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NCSU an environment of inclusive excellence for all. The Think and Do mentality that is been gifted here at NC State is something that will stick with the students wherever their paths lead, says the students.


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