With more than 31,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, North Carolina State University is a comprehensive university known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership.
NC State students, faculty and staff are focused. As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, NC State is committed to playing an active and vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world.
How? Researchers across the university and Centennial Campus are deeply engaged in making new, application-driven discoveries. As a major research university, NC State has the people —from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty — and the responsibility to advance knowledge, transfer technology, and discover and develop innovations that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
And we are. NC State’s research expenditures are approaching more than $325 million annually, with almost 70 percent of faculty engaged in sponsored research and 2,500 graduate students supported by research grants. NC State is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a joint effort with NC A&T State University, puts knowledge to work, providing unbiased, research-based information to more than 2.2 million citizens throughout the state each year. And when the Industrial Extension Service knocks on the door of a business, they are warmly greeted. Over the past five years, the group has returned nearly $540 million in direct annual gain to the state by helping businesses increase efficiency, productivity and quality through the use of the latest technologies and best practices in engineering and business management.