Post by Jimmy Schiemann
I’ve always been very proud of being part of the NC State Wolfpack. More so, I consider myself very fortunate, in just a few weeks, to be able to put a sticker on my car proudly announcing: “North Carolina State University Alumni”. For me NC State has given me the opportunity to not only enrich myself academically, but to also increase my leadership, teamwork and even punctuality (in part thanks to the Wolfline – NC State’s Campus buses- schedules). What one often doesn’t realize is, it is not just my bias opinion about NC State that it is a great center for cultural and professional enrichment, but the media has also recently been once again recognizing NC State University as one of the best Universities in the United States and in some aspects, the best around the world.
A couple of weeks ago, for the first time since I arrived to Raleigh, I toured the College of Textiles at NC State. This was an area of campus that I’ve barely even seen as it is on Centennial campus and none of my classes or extra-curricular activities have ever brought me to this great and practically brand new part of campus. I had no idea to the extent the College of Textiles was recognized nationwide to be not the 3rd or second, but number one (1) nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report.
This discovery made me curious, as I have always heard about how positively NC State was recognized, yet I wanted some evidence and facts since as a future graduate, it is in my best interest to be certain that my degree is recognized as coming from one of the best universities in the country. So I – despite my 20 page and 10 page papers I have to write before leaving for Thanksgiving Break – went on an internet research mission to find out exactly that: NC State as viewed from the outside as opposed to my very ‘Go Pack!’-Bias.
My research threw out some interesting results: Not only does U.S. News & World Report rank NC State as #1 for the College of Textiles, according to this organization, we are nationally ranked in 3rd place for our programs in Veterinary Medicine and as a Best overall Public University Value. You’ve heard about textiles and veterinary medicine so far, but ever thought about NC State’s Nuclear Engineering program? Well it is ranked in the 7th spot nationwide! Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks our Biological and Agricultural Engineering programs as 9th best in the nation, while the Princeton Review agrees that I studied at one of the top ten Best Overall Public University Value in the United States. What’s more, the Lombardi Rankings also put NC State as the top ten Public Research University (without a medical school).
All these rankings are impressive, and an honor. They are also a reward in recognition for the great collection of professionals teaching at NC State and for the equally great students studying, working, researching and contributing to the development of this University to one with the “most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities” (according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual best Colleges Edition from 2012).
While these awards and recognition’s are very important, I think my impression and experience at NC State as a student does not need ranking. I do not regret the day I decided to submit my Transfer Application back in the Spring of 2009. As always, Go Pack!