We’re also making progress in another measure of student success: preparing students for life after college. Thanks to NC State’s focus on experiential education, our graduates are among the most sought after by industry recruiters, notably in the technology sector.
We’ve also made significant strides in reducing the completion gap between minority and non-minority students through targeted financial aid and innovative programs that help students overcome cultural, class and social barriers to success in higher education.
These achievements benefit society as much as individual students. Our 2025 enrollment plan calls for NC State to enroll more graduate students, particularly at the doctoral level in the STEM areas — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and in professional master’s degrees in high-impact areas needed for the workforce of the future.
By investing in student success today, NC State is leading the nation in preparing the next generation of leaders and innovators.
Students Transferring From N.C. Community Colleges
35%Increase in 4-Year Graduation Rate
Chris Cooper is ready for any challenge. After two years of undergraduate research at NC State, where he created liquid-metal fibers that can be used as sensors, he’s headed to Cambridge University this fall for the next stage in his academic career. There, thanks to a prestigious Churchill Scholarship, he plans to work on dye-sensitized solar cells while earning a master’s degree in chemical engineering and biotechnology.
You could say excitement is in the air when Hanan “Alex” Hsain talks about her future. The NC State undergraduate, whose research focuses on reclaiming ambient energy from the environment and converting it to electricity, plans to earn a Ph.D. and work in sustainable energy. She recently received a 2017 Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for students planning a career in public service.