North Carolina State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.09 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 288 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 33,755 (23,827 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 41% part-time, 59% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,027 in-state; $26,502 out-of-state
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2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Lack of diversity is my biggest issue. Generally very supportive faculty, although this definitely depends on your specific program area within the department.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2019

Pros: Good exposure, faculty. Cons: Fees, workload.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm really enjoying my first semester here. The professors are really intelligent and helpful. They're also always available to speak with concerning schoolwork or life in general. My program is relatively small, so I've quickly found some great friends within the program. Downtown Raleigh is a cool place - but it's also filled with construction (typical for a city). Renting off-campus can be tricky - don't get me wrong, there are some fabulous apartments, but don't expect to be able to afford it on a teaching assistant's budget. Overall, I'm pretty happy I chose to come to NCSU for my Master's. I recommend it!
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2017

The department is strong in engineering related aspect. This is an engineering university anyway. The theoretical community here is not as strong as the engineering.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

Great school, especially the graduate program in the CHE department. They also place a large emphasis on learning and preparation for life outside of school.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Fantastic faculty and staff, excellent public transportation, location is great Cons: very few cons... Social life on a quiz for graduate students?
0.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Mine is oceanography. Really bad program. DON'T COME! It's a waste of time and money!
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2018

Very competitive, lots of great research opportunities.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

Can't say enough great things about the MFA program at NC State -- in fact, I'm totally amazed at how little publicity it has in the MFA program "hierarchy." The funding situation, other than semesterly student fees, is great (first year no teaching with a semester of training; second year 1:2 workload). The faculty is stellar. The workload is appropriately challenging. The calibre of the candidates is phenomenal, and everyone (in my experience) gets along really well and spends a lot of time working together and hanging out. The access to Duke and UNC is a bonus, too, plus all the publishing houses in the Triangle. Only two real downsides: NC residency requirements are pretty cumbersome, and the program is only 2 years. Still well-worth giving up the 3rd year other programs offer, all things considered. Overall, though, this place should be ranked up there with all the big-name programs, and honestly probably ahead of many of them.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2015

A great school with a fantastic location (cost of living is fantastic compared to cities with comparable schools); be aware of research field you're entering and choose wisely. The school also provides a very good career center, although limited support time once you graduate.
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