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Rank: 31

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NCwww.ncsu.edu
North Carolina State University is a school with deep-rooted tradition and local pride. In fact, many current students have parents and grandparents who are NC State alumni. Probably best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its 34,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With its location in urban Raleigh, there's always plenty to do, both on campus and off. Hundreds of student clubs are constantly recruiting on the Brickyard, State's central quad, and Greek parties run late into the night. But nothing brings the community together as much as cheering for their Division I sports teams, now in a century-old rivalry with nearby UNC. Students and professors go all out, dressing in red, roasting pigs at tailgating sessions and pitching tents in parking lots before games. When it comes time to study, the recently built learning commons offers a quiet escape. Classes are large, especially the introductory ones in the core curriculum. Nevertheless, undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 78% graduation rate, according to MONEY's calculations, which is 10% higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh's students. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $53,800.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$24,300
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,000
Average price for low-income students
$6,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1260/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
26,961
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$5,995
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$20,800
Average salary within 3 years
$53,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Oct 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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