Diversity at NC State University
Imagine a university with over 34,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Imagine a university where students can choose from 110 different majors. Imagine a university with students from small towns and rural communities, and medium-sized cities and large metropolitan areas. Imagine a university with students from all different social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds. Imagine a university where all these students take classes together, live together, discuss academics together, talk about life together, and learn from each other. Imagine this university. This is NC State University.
NC State has a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of academic disciplines that foster academic maturation and inclusion of all students and facilitating a learning environment that is conducive for a diverse population of students to succeed.
NC State embraces diversity as essential for effective participation Achieving diverswity and cultural competence requires the active cooperation and participation of all. The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) plays a critical role in engaging students, facult and staff through a number of programs, services and opportunities.
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The University's commitment to excellence and diversity go hand in hand. Students not only learn from each other in the classroom and laboratory, but also outside the classroom. NC State's graduates are well-prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers within the national and global market.
All students are invited and encouraged to utilize the vast number of resources and services available at NC State University. Campus resources include, but are not limited to:
- The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED)
- The African American Cultural Center (AACC)
- Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA)
- The Women's Center
- The GLBT Center
- The Office of International Services (OIS)
- Disability Services Office (DSO)
- Veteran Affairs Office
- Undergraduate Tutorial Center
- Counseling Center
- University Career Development Center
The Joyner Visitor’s Center and the Office of Admissions offer a range of visitation day programs throughout the year. The spring Admitted Students Visitation Day program affords accepted students the opportunity to come to campus for a day. Future students gain different perspectives from current students, faculty and staff on what NC State has to offer. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In addition, interested prospective students and their parents are invited to attend the annual Fall Open House, as well as Fall Pack Preview events hosted across the state and Spring Pack Premiere events.
NC State has over 600 student organizations that represent a broad range of interests and diverse perspectives. A few of our largest and/or most active student organizations include the Asian Students Association, the Chinese Students Association, Mi Familia, the Native American Students Association (NASA), Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), College of Humanities and Social Sciences- Multicultural Association of Students (CHASS-MAS), EKTAA (South Asian Students Association), National Society of Black Engineers, Fusion (co-ed multicultural hip-hop dance group), and the African American Student Advisory Council (AASAC), just to name a few. Student organizations range in nature from academic and pre-professional to service, social and performing arts. The various committees that make up the Union Activities Board, sponsor a number of diversity programs throughout the year including Asia Night, the Pan Afrikan Festival, Diversity Education Week and a Taste of NC State. These day -long events feature lecturers, food, musicians, dancers , and other activities.
The University makes every effort to meet the varying financial needs of our students. In doing so, students from all backgrounds are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by March 1st annually. In addition, admission’s applications received by November 1st, include consideration for most of our institutional scholarships. The student body continues to increase in diversity through the recruitment of students from different groups. Many of the winners of our most prestigious scholarships (i.e. Park Scholarship, Caldwell Fellows Program, Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship, etc…) come from a variety of backgrounds including various ethnicities, socio-economic status, religious affiliations, and geographic regions. For more information about scholarship opportunities contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (919) 515-2421.