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North Carolina State University was founded in 1887 with the belief that colleges should not be created for a select few. The founders believed that the children of farmers, mechanics and other members of the working class should have the same access to education that the children of wealthy people were provided. Originally, the school was known as North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. It was established under the Morrill Act of 1862 which allowed the federal government to donate federally owned lands to states so that they could establish colleges that would include education in agriculture and mechanics.

In 1894, military science was added to the curriculum and all students were compelled to participate in military drills each week. From the start, the school had a strong research mandate when North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station was transferred to the college, run jointly with the Department of Agriculture for North Carolina. A test farm was established and the college shared research facilities with the state. Jealousies and institutional rivalries plagued the farm as the state resented working with the new college. Despite the rivalries, the station produced high-caliber research that became invaluable to farmers and industries throughout the state.

By 1917, the school had expanded to the point that the name was changed to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. In addition, the state's agricultural curricula were combined that year into a School of Agriculture.

The Depression led economic hardship and lack of funds to reduce enrollment, endangering the future of the college advances during the 1920s. Sweeping education reforms passed by the state legislature kept those advances in place, creating the Consolidated University of North Carolina, combining UNC at Chapel Hill, the Women's College at Greensboro and State College in Raleigh in order to eliminate inefficiency and redundancy. This led to the abolishment of the School of Science and Business and the School of Education was reduced to a department. Other departments at North Carolina State were eliminated or moved to other campuses. The school was also renamed North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina.

As the Great Depression ended, enrollment grew. By 1937, North Carolina State had more than 2,000 students. Extension and engineering were two of the fastest growing programs at the college. The outbreak of World War II, however, brought a drastic decline in enrollment as students and faculty left the school to serve in the military. The college hosted military detachments as well as training exercises. They also refitted several departments for military and defense purposes. One program was the Navy diesel program that allowed staff in the Mechanical Enginering Department to train Navy personnel in diesel engine operation.

After the war, the G.I. Bill led to explosive enrollment as returning military members took advantage of college tuition benefits. To meet demand, pre-fab houses and trailers were added on several campuses while numerous abandoned barracks and Quonset huts were moved to house students temporarily.

In 1963, the school, which had been called "State College" for years, officially became North Carolina State College of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh. Students and faculty protested the name and, after two years of political discussion, the college became North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Today, the school is known as the "People's University," and has developed into an educational and economic resource for the Raleigh area. There are 34,000 students enrolled at the university which adds $6.5 billion into the economy of North Carolina. Princeton Review and USA Today both rank the college fourth among public universities and Kiplinger ranks it ninth in value for out-of-state students as well as 18th for in-state students. U.S. News & World Report ranks the undergraduate engineering programs as 32nd, the undergraduate biological/agricultural engineering program as tenth, civil engineering as 14th and chemical engineering as 16th.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh Accreditation Details

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is regionally accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Regional accreditation lets students, parents and employers know that the school focuses on providing outstanding education and that graduates are well-prepared for positions in their industry. Programs at the college are also accredited by the following associations or organizations:

  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Program Certification
  • Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Commission on Office Laboratory Assessment
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions
  • Council for Cooperative Education
  • Council on Social Work
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
  • International Tutor Program Certification within the College of Reading & Learning Association
  • Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board
  • National Architectural Accreditation Board
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Professional Golf Association of American
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology

North Carolina State University at Raleigh Admission Requirements

Applicants who have not earned college credit after high school graduation are admitted as freshman to North Carolina State University. Students must apply through the Common Application or the Coalition Application. There is an application fee and students must provide official transcripts from their high school counselor. Official ACT or SAT scores are also required and some programs require portfolio or essay submissions prior to admission. Letters of recommendation are not required and are not recommended. The College Report, Secondary School Final Report and Mid-Term Report on the Common Application are not required or recommended.

Students who have earned college credit after high school graduation are considered transfer students. They must complete the Common or Coalition Application and pay the application fee. They must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students who are under the age of 21 or who have less than 30 transfer credits must submit official high school transcripts as well. Some programs may require a portfolio or essay prior to admission. Letters of recommendation, the College Report, Secondary School Final Report and Mid-Term Report in the Common Application are not required or recommended.

Each graduate program has its own admission requirements. Students are asked to contact an admissions counselor before applying to any graduate program.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate tuition at North Carolina State University is $9,058 for North Carolina residents and $27,406 for out-of-state residents. Full-time graduate tuition is $11,027 for North Carolina residents and $26,502 for non-residents.

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify. Students interested in scholarships should complete the PackASSIST application as well.

North Carolina State University Degree Program(s) Available

Electrical Engineering

North Carolina State University offers an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. The programs provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the field of electronics. Graduates have gone on to develop new methods of making microchips, designing communication systems and using robots or lasers to solve problems. Today, there are revolutionary developments in the field of electronics and products are being created or updated at an amazing rate. Courses required for the undergraduate degree include:

  • Analytical Foundations of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Computer Systems Programming
  • Electric Circuits I & II
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Fundamentals of Logic Design
  • Introduction to Computer Organizations
  • Linear Systems
  • Microelectronics

Students must also complete a Senior Design Product.

Master of Electrical Engineering

The Master of Electrical Engineering prepares students for leadership positions in the field of electrical engineering. The program is also offered as an online program as well as traditional classroom instruction. Students must have an undergraduate degree in engineering and must have an overall GPA of 3.25 in their undergraduate work. To apply, they must provide official GRE scores and a statement of purpose as well as three recommendations. The program is 31-credit hours and does not require a thesis, oral exam or on-campus residency. Students may specialize their studies in the following areas:

  • Circuits
  • Communications
  • Microwave Circuits and Applied Electromagnetics
  • Nanoelectronics and Photonics
  • Power Electronics and Power Systems
  • Robotics, Mechatronics, Control and Instrumentation
  • Signal Processing and Computational Intelligence

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

North Carolina State University offers a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. Students in the program are funded by Fellowships, Teaching Assistant appointments and Research Assistant appointments. The doctorate program provides excellent opportunities for research and all courses are taught by world-renowned faculty. Students must maintain a minimum overall and major GPA of 3.0. The program is 72-credit hours and all courses must be taken at North Carolina State. There is a one-year residency requirement. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in the following areas:

  • Bioelectronics Engineering
  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Control, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Nanoelectronics and Photonics
  • Power Electronics and Power Systems

North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers many programs in an online format that allow working adults to achieve their higher education goals even when work, family or social obligations make it difficult to attend traditional classes.

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