North Carolina State University
#196 Overall Influence#176 Desirability Rank

North Carolina State University

Public research university in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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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).


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2101 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27695-7001

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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.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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

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, Biology, and Computer Science. North Carolina State University’s most academically influential people include Munir Ahmad Khan, Tomoko Ohta, and Roy Hampton Park.

Munir Ahmad Khan
Munir Ahmad Khan

Pakistani physicist

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Tomoko Ohta
Tomoko Ohta

Japanese biologist

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Roy Hampton Park

American journalist

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Rajendra K. Pachauri
Rajendra K. Pachauri

Indian academic

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Hugh Shelton
Hugh Shelton

Recipient of the Purple Heart medal

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Christina Koch
Christina Koch

American astronaut

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Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis

American actor and comedian

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Salim Mehmud

Pakistani rocket scientist and a nuclear engineer

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Raymond T. Odierno
Raymond T. Odierno

United States Army general

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Kij Johnson
Kij Johnson

American writer

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Lara Trump
Lara Trump

American television producer and campaign adviser

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William C. Lee
William C. Lee

United States general

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