North Carolina State University at Raleigh Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

Clare

NC State is in the south, but you do see a lot of diversity on campus. You'll see students who grew up on a farm in class with students from New York City or Boston. A lot of my friends are actually out-of-state, so you meet people from all over the country. We do have a strong LGBTQ center and many ethnicity-related clubs and organizations to join. Greek life is fairly prevalent on campus, but it's not necessary to join to make friends. One thing you see a lot of on campus is State apparel, and it's nice to see so much school pride in people's everyday lives. Aside from that, most people dress casually for class; Nike shorts are popular, Chacos are abundant, just your everyday clothes really. People come to State from all different financial backgrounds, so you can really have a variety of people in your friend group.

Tammy

My clasmates were focused on their goals. They were also very welcoming and created a family atmosphere.

Sam

My classmates are very supportive and friendly and make me feel better about my college experience.

Paul

Driven, technically minded individuals but generally lacking street smarts.

Wensen

My classmates are helpful and cooperative, willing to see other students succeed while still maintaining a competitive environment that promotes individual growth and development.

Mason

My classmates are educated, accepting, and a great group of people to be around at all times.

Lydia

I had the most amazing classmates in college. Since we were often in the studio working on deadlines until the wee hours of the morning, we became as close as family. I've never been around another group of people as inspiring and encouraging as those classmates. Now, they live all over the country working in prestigious design positions, and I'm so proud to see the work they do and know that we all share the same alma mater.

Charnae

They are all very smart.

Connor

My classmates are very determined and focused on their education. To acheive the degree they want is very challenging because there is a tremendous amount on competiveness within their chosen degree. Being accepted out of so many applicants for their chosen course of study makes them take their educational studies to a higher degree. This is the beginning of a life time choice, and I feel they all have a common sense of pride as they strive hard to make their and others future better. In one word I could describe them all as "dedicated".

Alex

My classmates are clever, friendly, and happy to collaborate in study groups and in class.

Alexa

My classmates at North Carolina State University represent the top ten percent of their graduating classes in high school and I have found the majority of them to be intelligent, well-rounded, and personable.

Megan

There is a very wide variety of students here, and the students are very tolerant and open-minded.

Haleigh

My classmates are intelligent, dependable, and kind individuals who have very important places in this world and wonderful perspectives to share.

Catelyn

A room of classmates is very diverse. There's younger, older, taller, shorter, and all kinds of people. These people come in different races, different religons, different backgrounds, and different parts of the world. They all are nice and in the same boat; just trying to get through college. Classmates will open your eyes and see the world differently from experiencing their culture.

Eboni

My classmates are very social yet competitive and take their work very seriously.

Cattherine

Grade focused students who are determined to get their given degree.

Thanh

My classmates are very diverse. Every person is different and it is a great experiece meeting people of different backgrounds, cultures, families etc.

Maryam

THEY ARE AWESOME AND FRIENDLY

Riley

My classmates are highly educated, highly motivated, highly creative critical thinkers. There is an abundance of school spirit and pride. The upper classmen are welcoming and helpful as I begin my journey at NC State. Their assistance while moving into my dorm room was invaluable and their guidance as I maneuver around the campus has been a great help. All in all, they have made me feel very welcome, safe, and secure in my new environment.

Danielle

There may be alot of us, but everyone gets along, everyone is on the same career paht (mind-set wise) and determined to be one of the best students and future leaders NC State is raising.

Brian

All the students at NC State are friendly and energetic. I still havent met a person who isn't friendly enough to say hey on the street, or have time to grab a bite to eat. The students here are focues on having fun in school, rather than wasting it all away. almost everyone is active in at least one club. Most of the students are from North Carolina, but we have a lot that come from out of state as well. Because the campus is so big, you'll always have opportunities to meet new people and expand your networking experience.

Alyssa

I think that there is a variety of all kinds of students at my school. There are those who are cowboys, or more agriculturally focused, but there are also those who are in sororities and frats. The financial backgrounds of all the students vary greatly as do the religious and political views. One main thing that it seems that most of the students on this campus are a part of is being more environmentally conscious.

Allison

Students at State are very diverse. There are students from almost every religious background, as well as students that differ in sexuality, class, gender, or race. State emphasizes the importance of diversity within a community and encourages students to be tolerant and respectful of people's beliefs that are different than their own. I do not believe any student would feel out of place at State. I am Catholic and feel more comfortable telling people this at State than I did at my private, Christian high school. Students wear a variety of clothes at state. What a person wears really depends on who he or she is. There are people who wear athletic clothes and others who wear jeans and a t-shirt. Overall, girls prefer to wear leggings with a t-shirt and boots of some kind. However, not every girl adheres to this. Many students at my university are politically aware. There are many organizations on campus that allow students to become politically active if they wish. State lives up to its promise of diversity. Everyone at State can fit in and not have to worry about discrimination.

Ryan

If you are wanting to go to a college that respects diversity, NC State is the place for you. They do not tolerate any injustice toward diversity. They have a week dedicated diversity. There are very diverse students at State. I think State is very welcoming to any type of student. A lot of students are from North Carolina and specifically from the triangle area. However, there are also a lot of out-of-state students as well. From my experiences, I see a lot of both. There are students from every walk of life in terms of financial backgrounds, political backgrounds, and future plans.

Abby

NCState is extremely diverse, there is no "typical" NCState student that can be classified by race, religion, LGBT, etc. we have a very active LGBT program along with a leadership and community service department. they both run events on campus, there is no way that different types of students couldn't interact at a school of 34,000 students

Casey

Students at State are very diverse. I have had a great time learning about different peoples' backgrounds and preferences. I love the diversity here, I love meeting new people and learning different things. Three of my suite mates last year were born in other countries! I don't feel that any student would feel out of place at this school. Though, being from New York, I did have to have a good sense of humor to go along with the jokes. I did not find them offensive because I could tell that my friends were cracking jokes in good fun. Students wear anything from pajamas to sweats to dress pants to class. In the fall and spring, shorts and sundresses are a frequent choice of dress. There is generally not a large distinction between different groups of people at the dining hall. The most often occurrence that I would see at several tables is that girls and guys may sit separate on some days. I assume that its a "girl time"/"guy time" sort of thing. I know I like to have some time with my girls. Most of the students are from North Carolina. Middle Class students are most prevalent. Some students talk about how much they will earn one day, but not all.

Casey

Students at State are very diverse. I have had a great time learning about different peoples' backgrounds and preferences. I love the diversity here, I love meeting new people and learning different things. Three of my suite mates last year were born in other countries! I don't feel that any student would feel out of place at this school. Though, being from New York, I did have to have a good sense of humor to go along with the jokes. I did not find them offensive because I could tell that my friends were cracking jokes in good fun. Students wear anything from pajamas to sweats to dress pants to class. In the fall and spring, shorts and sundresses are a frequent choice of dress. There is generally not a large distinction between different groups of people at the dining hall. The most often occurrence that I would see at several tables is that girls and guys may sit separate on some days. I assume that its a "girl time"/"guy time" sort of thing. I know I like to have some time with my girls. Most of the students are from North Carolina. Middle Class students are most prevalent. Some students talk about how much they will earn one day, but not all.

Kai

There is no dresscode.

Kaitlin

There are clubs geared towards almost any lifestyle, hobby, or interest here. There is a LGBT community and they celebrate and raise awareness for diversity every semester, and it is no different for any other group! Most students are very open minded here, although, there are always going to be the few closed minded and intolerant people on any campus. There are the "nerds" who play a zombies attack game on campus, "preps" who dress up every day for class, "hipsters" and "skaters" who spend a lot of time in the brickyard riding skateboards and doing tricks to impress girls walking past, "rednecks" who drive their big and loud trucks around, and every other stereotypical example of types of students. It is a very diverse campus and that is what is great about NCSU.

Sakinah

Most students at the school are pretty laid back and accepting and interact with different types of people. Most people are down to earth.

Bianey

My classmates are nice people, they give you a helping hand if you need one.

Janice

My classmates are working folks that try to earn their degree while they are working.

BryanHum

Students are NC State University are some of the most diverse and globally involved that I have ever met. Everyone is very open and accepting of each other's orientations. There is an even mixture of in an out of state students as well as American and international students that comprise the body as a whole. There are certain cliques of students but no one presents themselves as mutually exclusive. With over 600 students clubs and registered organizations, students have the ability to meet others from all walks of life which really helps to enrich their college experiences. However, there have been difficulties with racism, vandalism, and discrimination like many universities deal with. To combat these unsettling behaviors, NC State has created candlelight vigils throughout the years, has made focus groups, and committees to help promote diversity among the campus. Generally the students feel safe, loved, and most importantly accepted regardless of background in any number of things.

Joan

We have a very diverse population at NC State. We have students of different backgrounds (race/ethnicity, religious, urban/rural, etc), and we also have a pretty good size population of out-state and international students.

Jasmine

It is impossible to describe a “typical” student at NC State. Our campus is so diverse with students from every background imaginable. There are student organizations that appeal to students with different cultural, religious and political interests. In addition there are events and organizations that bring everyone together. This diversity is what makes our school so great.

Ranya

One of the most wonderful aspelcts of NC State is it's diversity. When we say we have a diverse campus, we most certainly mean it. There are organizations for just about any groups and interests you can think of. For example, the religious groups, such as the Christian Fellowship, the Jewish Hillal, and the Muslim Students Association, get together and plan may interfaith events.

Jackie

The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. NC State's campus is very diverse and aims for diversity. If you were to look at a group of kids in the dining hall, picture every possible scenario of the different types of people that are sitting with others. Seriously. We have a multitude of organizations that cater to every ethnicity here. We even have agricultural awareness week with cows, chickens and John Deer tractors in the middle of the Brickyard. You also get every type of financial background. I will say, I believe it is mostly middle class but you do have all types. People do talk about how much they will earn each day. Not necessarily their wage, but their annual salary. They want to aim big, which means they want to be successful, which means they want to do well in their courses.

Jackie

The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. NC State's campus is very diverse and aims for diversity. If you were to look at a group of kids in the dining hall, picture every possible scenario of the different types of people that are sitting with others. Seriously. We have a multitude of organizations that cater to every ethnicity here. We even have agricultural awareness week with cows, chickens and John Deer tractors in the middle of the Brickyard. You also get every type of financial background. I will say, I believe it is mostly middle class but you do have all types. People do talk about how much they will earn each day. Not necessarily their wage, but their annual salary. They want to aim big, which means they want to be successful, which means they want to do well in their courses.

Jackie

The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. NC State's campus is very diverse and aims for diversity. If you were to look at a group of kids in the dining hall, picture every possible scenario of the different types of people that are sitting with others. Seriously. We have a multitude of organizations that cater to every ethnicity here. We even have agricultural awareness week with cows, chickens and John Deer tractors in the middle of the Brickyard. You also get every type of financial background. I will say, I believe it is mostly middle class but you do have all types. People do talk about how much they will earn each day. Not necessarily their wage, but their annual salary. They want to aim big, which means they want to be successful, which means they want to do well in their courses.

Hampton

Although NCSU is often regarded as a white southern school, there are over 30,000 people here and anyone, regardless of race, gender, etc., can find their niche. There are over 500 student organizations that represent all types demographics and backgrounds.

Maria

NC State's campus is full of diversity and one think NC State prides itself in having. I think it makes it interesting going to class and meeting lots of people from all different backgrounds.

Megan

I would have to say that there is one common stereotype for our school and that is that we the student body population is made up of southerners and rednecks. I believe this stereotype comes from the fact that we are located in the south and our school is known for our Agriculture Institute, which attracts a large population of students with agricultural interests. It just so happens that a lot of the students interested in the agricultural assets of the University are interested in farming, animals, and have come from a background or family that shares these interests. I guess the southern accents of the North Carolinians contributes to this stereotype as well. I do not believe this stereotype is accurate. I would not say our school necessarily has a "stereotype" because we have such a diverse student population. The whole student body cannot fit into one specific stereotype.

Justin

I would describe the student population of NCSU to be a true melting pot. Diversity at our school extends beyond appearances and lifestyles because there is such a mixture of ideals, beliefs, and practices amongst all of the students. To be honest, with such a variety of students, sometimes tensions can arise; however, I have personally always felt safe on my campus and I know that my administration has a no-nonsense approach to all forms of discrimination. In actuality, I appreciate the blend of students here at NC State because it provides another area of growth as students are taught how to be more culturally competent and ready for an always growing world.

Vyanh

I find that everywhere I go on campus, I always meet someone that is very nice. We have a very diverse campus and pretty much everyone one campus is open to new people. We do not discriminate against any specific race, if anything, we love all types of people.

Christina

There are organizations and things for every type of person on this campus! It is hard to say that a certain type of student would feel out of place because there are so many ways to become involved! The attire of the student varies depending on his or her own personal style. All different types of students interact in either classes or in organizations. Even though there are many in-state students here, there is also a great mix of out-of-state individuals along with people from all different economic and racial backgrounds. When looking at four tables in the dining hall, all I see are groups of friends talking and having a good time. There are students from different political opinions, and Student Government is a great thing to get involved with if a student is really interested in politics. I would say most students talk more about what career path or job they would like to have in the future instead of just how much they'll earn some day.

John

At State, no other word describes the student population than diverse, in every single way. While it is a predominately white institution, that doesn't mean that white people are the only ones around.

Sharon

Like I said earlier, the student body at state is very diverse. There are people from so many different backgrounds and so many different personalities that you never know who you'll find. NC State as a whole is very focused on diversity and supports a campus community that is open to every student; because of this many different religious, political, social opinions, etc. are expressed comfortably and this expression is actually encouraged.

Kidist

At North Carolina State University, I have gotten to experience true diversity for the first time. There are students from all around the country as well as students from other countries. I have had the opportunity to meet a variety of students stemming from different backgrounds and cultures, who educated me about their lifestyle. On my first day on campus, I met students from North Carolina as well as from the Netherlands. This showed me how diverse this campus was and I was in love with NCSU again! All the students here do share one thing in common though, which is being apart of the Wolfpack!

Jimmy

At North Carolina State University, I think by now I have met people from every single State, and probably 2/3 of the world's countries. I have met from the confused study abroad student from Austria looking for the right bus, to the kid from the Carolina Mountains in my math class, to the Argentinian I played against in a soccer scrimmage. Being part of the Wolfpack makes it easy to meet so many new and interesting people, If you want a taste of the rich diversity, visit the student library, particularly the commons area and be ready to practice ANY foreign language you may know, because you are very likely to find somebody who does speak that language. However, nothing unites people from different races, religions, gender, financial backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicity, orientations than the winning touchdown against our historic rival, all under the chant of 'Go Wolfpack!'

Sandhya

The students on this campus are so diverse that it is hard to have a set description for them. On any given day you can spot out someone new and different from the day before. Since the university is so big it allows for students of all types of backgrounds and interact with each other. No friendship is a surprise to me on this campus, because the university sets such a warm and welcoming atmosphere that anyone can be friends. I really don't think that anyone could feel out of place on this campus, especially since there is an organization for everybody here. Although, there will be differences between students, their pride for NC State and determination to succeed helps to bring everyone together.

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