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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC http://www.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. Best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its more than 36,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Take your pick from animal science, education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering and more. Tuition is under $10,000 for in-state students, making the university more affordable than many. In fact, it falls within the 15% of colleges in Money’s rankings where the estimated net price of a degree falls under $100,000. 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$25,200
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,400
Average price for low-income students
$7,280

Admissions

Acceptance rate
46%
Median SAT/ACT score
1340/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
24,240

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit grants
6%
Average merit grant
$5,080

Student Success

Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Median student debt
$20,311
Early career earnings
$61,350
% earning more than a high school grad
80%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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