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Living in Raleigh

Last Updated: 08/08/2023 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

Year after year, Raleigh, NC ranks among the five best places in the country to live and work. With moderate weather (71°F Avg temp), it’s only two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains. Raleigh is both welcoming to families and individuals alike and is proud of its well-educated workforce and multicultural environment.

NC State’s Talley Student Union is teaming with vibrant art, natural light, comfortable furniture and amazing views. It provides you with a place to experience our strong campus community.

But there’s more! A sense of community is often built over a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream! Many of the dining venues double as lounges to maximize flexibility and provide study space during off-peak hours. From fireplace lounges to individual and group lounges overlooking the Thomas H. Stafford, Jr Commons, and everything in between, you’ll have a space to fit almost any need.

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Learning and Working in Raleigh

NC State University anchors the Research Triangle Park (RTP), one of the country’s largest and most successful high-tech research parks. RTP is the home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 companies. There are many leading research and technology institutions only minutes away from the University. This creates a collaborative environment for both business and innovation at NC State.

Higher education is the cornerstone of the RTP. The area’s colleges and universities have well over 100,000 students. Each year, these institutions award more than 20,000 degrees. It is these graduates who are a major contributor to the region’s high-performance workforce.

So when it comes to selecting a place to get your degree, you can have it all. Raleigh and the RTP are great places to live, learn and work.

NC State’s College of Engineering

It is an exciting time for a career in engineering! Our College knows how to prepare you for those careers. With more than 10,000 students, Engineering is the largest of any college at NC State.

The success of our faculty and you, our students, shows the College’s commitment to excellence. Each year, faculty members receive many professional awards for their teaching and technological achievements. Our graduates find top-notch careers in research and development, design, production, and management. Many of our 57,700 alumni hold leadership positions in organizations around the world.

NC State’s College of Sciences

The College of Sciences is NC State’s home for the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological and earth-system sciences. With 4,120 students and about $40 million in annual research expenditures, the College is one of the largest and most research-intensive colleges at NC State.

NC State’s Poole College of Management

The Poole College of Management instills an entrepreneurial mindset in all its students and builds analytical skills into every program, so graduates leave here ready to lead. The College partners with academia and industry to create extraordinary experiences for its students and faculty.