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North Carolina State University

Public research university in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

North Carolina State University (NC State) was founded in 1887. With more than 36,000 students, NC State is the largest university in the state of North Carolina. NC State is also one of the corners of the famous “research triangle,” along with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham.

NC State is divided into 11 academic colleges. It is perhaps best known for its professional colleges, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Wilson College of Textiles, and the College of Design. NC State’s College of Engineering offers a program in nuclear engineering that is generally considered to be one of the best in the world.

NC State’s department of Online and Distance Education offers over 1,000 courses through more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

One NC State associated individual has won the Nobel Prize — Rajendra Kumar Pachauri for Peace.

Other distinguished NC State connected individuals include the following:

  • Physicist and director of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, Munir Ahmad Khan
  • Physicist and nanotechnology engineer, David Carroll
  • Electrical engineer, John S. Mayo
  • Software engineer and entrepreneur, James Goodnight
  • Actors, Jill Wagner and Zachary Galifianakis
  • Comedians, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal
  • Singer, Scott McCreery
  • Pianist and popular composer, John Tesh
  • Former Army Chief of Staff, Raymond T. “Ray” Odierno
  • Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Hugh Shelton
  • Current Chief Operating Officer of Apple, Inc., Jeff Williams
  • Diplomat and educator, Albert Carnesale
  • Former North Carolina Governor, James B. Hunt, Jr.
  • Current US Representative, Patrick McHenry
  • Former US Senator, John Edwards
  • Former Interim President of Libya, Abdurrahim El-Keib
  • Former President of the Dominican Republic, Hipólito Domínguez

NC State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

From Wikipedia

North Carolina State University is a public land-grant research university in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1887 and part of the University of North Carolina system, it is the largest university in the Carolinas. The university forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle together with Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27695-7001

What is North Carolina State University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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Computer Science
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Political Science
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Earth Sciences
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Religious Studies
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Social Work
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Criminal Justice
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Influential People

Who are North Carolina State University's Most influential alumni?

North Carolina State University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Engineering, Education, and Biology

Vinny Del Negro

Vinny Del Negro

Retired United States basketball player and former head coach

Koren Robinson

American football player, wide receiver, return specialist

Camellia Okpodu

American biochemist

Spud Webb

Spud Webb

American basketball player

David C. Joyce

American university administrator

R. David Britt

American chemist

Josh Miller

American baseball coach

Raymond J. Leopold

Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

American actor and comedian

Mario Williams

Mario Williams

American football player, defensive end

B. J. Kaston

American entomologist

Katharine Stinson

Katharine Stinson

American aeronautical engineer