At A Glance

Our statistics show that you'll get a first-class education at NC State's College of Engineering.

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  • More than 10,000 students
  • 18 bachelor’s, 21 master’s, 13 doctoral degree programs
  • 70 percent of incoming freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class

Faculty and Staff

Membership in Three National Academies

Engineering’s Dr. Joseph DeSimone is a member of three U.S. National Academies. Fewer than 20 people in history have achieved election to all three.
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  • 19 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 3 National Medals of Technology and Innovation
  • 2 North Carolina Awards for Science
  • 1 Emmy Award for plasma display technology
  • 1 US Army Commander’s Award for life-saving military technology
  • 3 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • 1 Electronic Design Hall of Fame member
  • 4 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
  • 5 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,
  • Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
  • 44 NSF Career Awards since 2010
  • 1 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal of Honor winner
  • 7 National Academy of Inventors Fellows


  • 64,252 total living alumni
  • 55.1% percent live in North Carolina
  • Top 5 alumni metro areas outside NC: Washington, DC; Bay Area, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Greenville/Spartanburg, SC; Houston, Tx.


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  • Nearly $196.7 million in research expenditures in 2020-21
  • 9th in total research expenditures among public engineering colleges*
  • More than 3,000 graduate students
  • One of only two schools to lead two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers at once
  • 24 research centers, institutes and laboratories


  • 25th overall in U.S. News graduate rankings (2021)
  • 12th among public institutions in U.S. News graduate rankings (2021)
  • 15th in U.S. News ranking of online graduate computer information technology programs (2021)
  • 6th in U.S. News ranking of online graduate programs (2021)
  • 9th in total B.S. degrees awarded*
  • 12th in total engineering graduate enrollment*
  • 2nd in B.S. degrees awarded to African Americans among non-HBCUs**
  • 6th in number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women*
  • 15th in total M.S. degrees awarded*
  • 22nd in total Ph.Ds awarded*
  • 13th in number of Tenure/Tenure Track African American faculty among non-HBCUs*
  • 13th in number of Tenure/Tenure Track women faculty*

Centennial Campus

  • Eight of the College’s nine academic departments have moved to the state-of-the-art campus.
  • Engineering Buildings I, II and III are completed and occupied
  • Fitts-Woolard Hall, the fourth engineering building, is set to open in 2020


*American Society of Engineering Education Profiles of Engineering Colleges 2019
**Diverse Issues in Higher Education (based on US Dept. of Education data)

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