| Total Grad Surveys || 8 |
| Females || 1 |
| Males || 7 |
| Avg years at University || 2.5 |
| N.C. State is one of the toughest and most arrongant North Carolina Universities to enter. For one thing, what they say offically on their application materials is not the true picture of the standards that they apply to any candidate wishing to be admitted. They will NEVER tell you what those standards and will become very defensive if you push for your right to access to your file. |
N.C. State's various graduate school department heads, Most especially the English department, believe that they are God Kings and you are only a worm who is bothering them. The best bet for you who are thinking about N.C. State at any level is, DON'T waste your time. They are too big, too burocratic, arrogant, and are trying to hard to compete with nearby Duke and Chapel Hill. Attend a university which really cares about its students.
| Aug 19 2010 || English |
| The people make NCSU great! In the math department, the grad students work together for the benefit of all, rather than competing with one another. |
| May 14 2007 || Math |
As an undergrad I went to a fairly small liberal arts college, so coming to NCSU was a different experience. I didn't have any trouble adapting and have enjoyed my time here. |
My department did tend to be pretty political. Big grant producers definately had the power and don't look after their graduate students. I think my best advice is to make sure that you know what project you will be working on before you get here. If you don't, you might not find a professor to pick you up and put you on a project. I have seen too many grad students flounder for a couple of years before getting started, or just leaving without finishing.
I was also a TA in the sciences. Really, I couldn't figure out why some of my undergrads were even in college. Most of them were buisness majors and doing the minimum to get by. That was very depressing for me as I really love my discipline. But my upper-level students were great!
Raleigh itself is not a thrilling town (coming from DC) but there are some nice places to eat, drink, and shop. It is pretty expensive to live around here though, which took me by surprise. Overall I would say that my experience was good and definately usful. Your experience, as with most places, will be what you make of it!
| Apr 05 2005 || Geography and Geosciences |