Future Students

From your first campus visit to graduation day, the College of Engineering puts you on a path toward a dynamic career.

A fast start

The first semester starts with New Student Orientation and the College Welcome event, which could feature a National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner or a business-building alumnus. Incoming students begin their academic careers in the First Year Engineering Program, which gives them the foundation to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

First-year students take two engineering-specific classes and later get an opportunity to join a department. During the annual Freshman Engineering Design Day, students show their peers, parents and professors how they tackled their first big design project.

Work. Learn. Play.

Later in their NC State careers, many students secure job and internship offers at the NC State Engineering Career Fair, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Others get global problem-solving experience through a study abroad program, find a Co-op job, or join engineering student organizations on campus. What piques your interest?

Higher learning

The College has more than 3,000 graduate students enrolled in its 21 master’s and 13 PhD programs. Students work alongside professors in our two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers; lead research projects of their own; and get classroom experience as teaching assistants.

Tassels turned

After graduation, our alumni go on to top graduate schools, launch start-ups or join larger, established companies in a variety of industries. Many soon-to-be-graduates take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is the first step toward gaining the licensed Professional Engineer certification.

College alumni include the co-founders of Cree, a leading LED lighting company; Katharine Stinson, the first woman engineer to work for what is today the Federal Aviation Administration; and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Regardless of your next step, let us help with the transition.

  • 18 bachelor’s, 21 master’s, 13 doctoral degree programs
  • Nine engineering academic departments, plus three engineering departments in other colleges
  • Engineering Online for distance-education students