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The NC State Experience 19 Things You’ll Think and Do at NC State

19 Things You’ll
Think and Do
at NC State

We’ve got 19 things to share — but your possibilities here are endless.

Students walk to class on North Campus at the Brickyard, near the space where Harrelson Hall used to be.

1. Discover Why Our Slogan Is “Think and Do”

NC State is a leading public university with a hands-on focus, which means you’ll learn by doing. We go beyond the classroom to give students real-world experience in their chosen field. You’ll solve problems alongside top faculty and researchers. Whether it’s in a lab, in the field or in the boardroom, you’ll think and do.

2. Explore Raleigh Like a Local

Our campus is in the heart of Raleigh, NC, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. We’re walking distance to a bustling downtown and acres of parks. You’ll find restaurants to suit every taste bud and tons of arts, culture and sports, including impressive museums, the Hopscotch Music Festival and the Carolina Hurricanes national hockey team.

3. Take Your Pick of Majors

From accounting to zoology, we’ve got you covered. NC State offers more than 100 majors and 120 minors, so you’ll find the path that’s right for you — and we’ll help you follow it.

Our variety of programs means you can delve into subjects outside of your major and build a customized education experience specific to your interests. Here, a business major can dip their toes into beekeeping, bagpiping and everything in between before graduation.

If you know what you want to study, you can start right away. Students here have the freedom to jump straight into classes within their major — or take the time to explore your options. That means more time working toward your degree and the chance to tailor your classes with a specific focus in mind.

4. Discover Hallowed Spaces on Campus

NC State combines traditional brick and mortar buildings with cutting-edge, futuristic structures. Rooted deep in history, we have spots on campus that have become representative of who we are. We call them Hallowed Spaces. They’re the irreplaceable buildings, landscapes and natural settings that serve as beloved landmarks for NC State students spanning generations.

You’ll discover these spots, each marked with its own plaque, all throughout campus — from the Belltower to the Free Expression Tunnel.

NC State Belltower

5. Be a Big Fish in a Big Pond

With over 34,000 students, NC State might seem like a big school, but with plenty of events, clubs and activities, you can easily find your community on campus and in the classroom. Eighty-five percent of our classes have fewer than 50 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

6. Find Your Pack in a Student Organization

We have more than 900 of them. Our student organizations include everything from academics to service opportunities to club sports and beyond. Join one of our 52 greek organizations, write for one of our four student publications or take a spin at deejaying with WKNC, one of the nation’s top college radio stations. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll always be able to find people who share your passions.

7. Get a Jump Start with Pre-Professional Programs

Planning to become a doctor, lawyer or veterinarian? We offer services to keep you on the right track.

Our students have access to advising groups including the Health Professions Advising Center, Pre-Law Services and VetPAC. They’ll pair you with dedicated advisors and help you prepare for your next steps beyond NC State.

Members of our Pre-Veterinary Club build significant experience as undergraduates to ready them for NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine program, ranked third in the nation.

An NC State Veterinary Medicine student with a german shepherd.


8. Get Your Hands Dirty With Undergraduate Research

At NC State, learning doesn’t just happen in lecture halls. We learn by doing. Our undergraduate researchers get hands-on experience teaming up with expert faculty to solve real-world problems.

Explore the undergraduate research opportunities below:

9. Take the Wolfpack Worldwide

At NC State, we provide plenty of opportunities for you to learn outside of the classroom — including over 400 study abroad programs. One out of five undergraduates participate in study abroad programs during their time here.

Whether you study architecture in Europe, marine science at the Great Barrier Reef or environmental studies in the Amazon rainforest, you’ll benefit from high-impact learning that broadens your horizons. We even have our own permanent international facility: The NC State European Center in Prague.

10. Dive Right In

At NC State, we offer students lots of ways to get a head-start on career prep. From internships and cooperative education to service learning and entrepreneurship coaching, we’re here to help you hit the ground running when you graduate. Our dedicated career services office and frequent career fairs, combined with our wealth of high-impact learning experiences, mean you’ll be ready for the job market.

students collaborate in the Entrepreneurship Clinic in HQ Raleigh


11. Maximize Your Value

NC State is proud to be a top five best value among U.S. public universities according to U.S. News & World Report. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks us in the top 10 among public schools that offer the best value for the money for both in-state and out-of-state students. Even better — we’re partners with leading private and public employers, giving you a better chance of securing a job right after school.

12. Make New Traditions

The traditions you discover here will last a lifetime. Whether it’s repping red and white at tailgates, riding a sugar rush during the Krispy Kreme Challenge or attending the ring ceremony at Reynolds, we’re ready to pass on the torch.

Students pack the street for Packapalooza, our all-day street festival filled with activities and live performances from acclaimed musicians, including Grammy-nominated alumna Rhapsody and American Idol star Scotty McCreery.

Art2Wear is the largest student-run fashion show in the Southeast, organized annually by the College of Design. Participants show off their avant-garde garments during a runway show and exhibition.

13. Bring Your Bold Ideas to Life

The entrepreneurial spirit is contagious here. And we supply the resources you need to get your next great idea off the ground. Innovative hubs like our Entrepreneurship Clinic or the eGarage help you make your dreams a reality. NC State startups generate $1.2 billion annually in added income for North Carolina’s economy.

Our students also grow valuable connections with faculty experts, invested alumni and engaged community members that last beyond graduation.

14. Live and Learn Next to Leading Businesses

Adjacent to our main campus, Centennial Campus is home to dozens of partners committed to NC State and its students. From nonprofits to corporate enterprises and government research centers, Centennial provides a unique opportunity for students to work in internships and gain on-the-job experience just walking-distance from class.

15. Root for the Red and White

NC State is home to 23 NCAA Division 1 varsity athletics teams — and our pack runs deep. We’ve won two NCAA men’s basketball championships, produced Olympic champions in swimming and dominated men’s and women’s cross country like no other in the ACC. And if you’d rather be on the field than in the stands, we have 70 intramural and club sports programs for you to join.

NC State football players on the field


16. Hit the Books in the Library of the Future

Named “the library of the future” by Time magazine and one of the nation’s 16 “Coolest College Libraries” by Business Insider, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library features a mix of collaborative spaces and cutting-edge technology, all within an ultra-modern building. The library features the robot-driven bookBot, which can retrieve one of 2 million books within minutes of you selecting it in the online catalog.

Hunt Library at sundown

17. Collaborate With Award-Winning Faculty

Our faculty represent some of the brightest minds across the academic community. They work across disciplines to conduct groundbreaking research and teach classes you can’t find anywhere else. They’ve solved cold cases, composed symphonies, discovered stars, designed national museums, founded global companies, named Mercurian lava plains and championed lost languages. By working with and learning from the best, NC State students can be on the forefront of original thinking and new discoveries.


18. Join a Diverse Wolfpack

We champion diversity and inclusion efforts so that all members of our community feel welcomed and supported. In addition to programs in Africana, Native American, Women’s and Gender Studies, all NC State students take at least one course focused on diversity and another with an international focus. There are dozens of student organizations and clubs that foster inclusion and focus on the minority experience at NC State. Our Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity ensures opportunity and strengthens relationships among diverse groups.

Students place hand prints on free expression tunnel

19. Invigorate the State and Nation

Created by the Morrill Act of 1862, NC State is a land-grant institution with a greater purpose to serve the state of North Carolina. We tackle tough problems through research, ingenuity and hard work, and develop real solutions that improve lives in our state and beyond.

When you come here, you’re part of something bigger — a public university with a long tradition of creating societal, intellectual and economic prosperity.

CATEGORIES: The NC State Experience