Stats and Strengths

The College of Sciences is NC State’s home for the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological and earth-system sciences. With more than 4,000 students and more than $40 million in annual research expenditures, we're one of the largest and most research-intensive colleges at the university.

World-class scholars, world-changing research

College of Sciences faculty and students are working across disciplines to solve society’s greatest challenges and make bold new discoveries. We’ve compiled a select list of national honors received by our faculty.

  • More than 400 active research projects
  • $43 million in research expenditures annually
  • More than 850 graduate students
  • 49 winners of highly competitive Faculty Early Career Awards since 2004
  • 1 member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences: David Aspnes (physics)
  • 15 elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Nation’s leading producer of doctoral degrees in statistics since 2003
  • Fifth nationally in total R&D expenditures in the mathematical and statistical sciences
  • 4 faculty honorees at NC State’s 2019 Celebration of Faculty Excellence
  • 5 winners of 2019 Alumni Association faculty awards

49 winners of faculty early career awards since 2004

These highly competitive awards from national agencies are among the most prestigious honors young faculty can receive.

Producing tomorrow's science leaders

The college is committed to diversifying the science and mathematics pipeline and promoting science literacy nationwide.

  • More than 4,000 students
  • 16 bachelor’s, 23 master’s, 14 doctoral degree programs
  • Fall 2019 first-year class profile
    • 1340 average SAT score
    • 4.35 average weighted high-school GPA
    • 56 percent in top 10 percent of high school class
  • Producer of a significant portion of the nation’s African-American math and physics Ph.D.s over the last decade
  • The Science House education and outreach program, with offices across the state, serves 6,000 teachers and 24,000 students annually

8,000 teachers and 57,000 students served annually

The Science House, the college's K-12 outreach unit, serves students and teachers across the state

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Partnerships that advance science

The college works with nationally recognized partners to advance science knowledge.

  • Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (Morehead City, NC)
  • Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites — North Carolina (Asheville, NC)
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
  • Southeast Climate Science Center (Raleigh)
  • State Climate Office (Raleigh)