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Stats and Strengths

The College of Sciences is NC State’s home for the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical, biological and earth-system sciences. With 4,120 students and about $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.

  • 390 active research projects
  • About $40 million in research expenditures annually
  • 1,013 graduate students
  • 20 winners of highly competitive faculty early career awards since 2016
  • 1 member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences: David Aspnes (physics)
  • 19 elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Nation’s leading producer of doctoral degrees in statistics since 2003
  • Produced the second-highest number of doctoral degrees in mathematics nationally between 2000-2019
  • Produced the most doctoral degrees in applied mathematics nationally between 2010-2019
  • Fifth nationally in total R&D expenditures in mathematical and statistical sciences

20 Winners of Faculty Early Career Awards Since 2016

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.

  • 4,120 students
  • 16 bachelor’s, 23 master’s and 14 doctoral degree programs
  • Fall 2021 first-year class profile:
    • 1342 average SAT score
    • 4.36 average weighted high school GPA
  • Producer of a significant portion of the nation’s African-American math and physics Ph.D.s over the last decade 
  • Home to the largest Science Olympiad program in the nation

The Science House’s NC Science Olympiad saw 6% growth in middle school teams and an 11% increase in high school teams in 2020. 

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

Partnerships That Advance Science

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