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Rank: 40

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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. Take your pick from animal science, extension education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering, and more. With its location in 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 NC State's Division I sports teams, embroiled 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's time to study, the Learning Commons offers a quiet escape. Undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 79% graduation rate, which is slightly higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh's students, according to MONEY's calculations. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $55,800, according to PayScale.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$24,800
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,300
Average price for low-income students
$6,530
admissions
Acceptance rate
51%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
22,801
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$5,591
student success
Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$20,710
Average salary within 3 years
$55,800
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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