Recent Alumnus 2010-09-07T17:19:49Z
Check Out Hillsborough Street – Hillsborough street, which is located right outside of campus, has tons of restaurant options to choose from. There is everything from homemade popsicles to Greek cuisine
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-07T17:16:23Z
Raleigh has a lot to offer. It is close to both Chapel Hill and Durham, and there are lots of fun activities in downtown.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T16:53:43Z
Pretty and Positive – I think the campus is lovely, and the overall attitude of the students is very positive. For the most part, professors and staff go out of their way to help the students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T16:49:52Z
Fun for Athletes and Non-Athletes – The athletic facilities are quite good, and you can make good use of them even if you are not an athlete. The sports events have great atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-03T16:47:50Z
Good Food but You Pay for It – There are several dining halls, and the food is excellent quality. The plans could be cheaper, however. Also, there is not always enough room to sit during rush periods.
The cleanup system is great and very convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T21:25:18Z
Parking is such a hassle and tickets are a guarantee
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T21:21:27Z
Can Get Expensive – Townhomes and apartments can get expensive, and are fairly far from campus
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-31T21:46:16Z
Everything Is Good – Everything is kept pretty up to date, but nothing is amazing. There are always just too many people around to enjoy anything.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-26T11:25:47Z
Sept-Oct. Is Best – By late September the weather has become very nice and it will last until late October to early November. The humidity is essentially gone but the days can still reach a high of 75-80. The evenings start to cool some though. It is comfortable enough to still dress casually and most of the students can still wear the more attractive summer/fall clothing. Also football and thus school spirit are at an all time high.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-26T11:15:05Z
Hill Library Is Wireless Hot Spot – The university has put a massive wrieless infrastructure in the D.H. Hill Library on main campus. The signal is so strong that a good wireless card can pick it up in the surrounding buildings or even at the coffee shops on Hillsborough St. Even my ipod touch can pick it up at Global Village.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:48:52Z
Guys & Girls:
Popular Girls Footware Totally Skewed – The "popular" girl types seem to have no concept of the proper application of footware. The style seems to go:
Uggs in the blazing heat with boyshorts.
Flip flops in the snow.
Rain boots in a drought.
Stilettos in a flood.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:44:43Z
Local Transit Is a Must – In all honesty, you can experience everything within walking distance of campus within 9-15 months. You will need local transit, especially if living off campus. There are so many things downtown and in Cary that are not accessible by foot or Wolfline. The CAT bus will take you around town and to the Cary city limit and is free for students with a pass. Best option is to make buddies with upperclassmen or grad students who live off-campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:38:26Z
Health & Safety:
Student Health Sucks – There are three thing that suck so bad you will want to find an off-campus doctor:
First you will wait at least an hour even if you are the first patient of the day.
Second the staff is mostly physicians assistants with no medical degree and little training beyond that of a nurse - they take blood and give you antibiotics.
Third the staff assumes you are "of weak moral values" and really doesn't care. I had the flu and I was asked if I was pregnant - and I'M A GUY!
Bottom line, if you need more than a flu shot, an STD test, or some cough syrup/antibiotic -- see a doctor off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:30:29Z
Low Profile – With the exception of a couple days for fall rush, I rarely saw any Greek life on campus. They seem to keep a low profile mostly tucked away on Greek Court or Greek Village.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:25:51Z
Best BBQ – The best barbeque I've had in NC was at Ole Time Barbeque on Hillsborough street. Its a good 7 miles from campus but worth it. I loved the small diner-like restaurant. Its just west of RJG auto repair as you are heading toward Cary. Look for the bright yellow awning and the outside pig smokers.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-25T16:23:19Z
Blue Ridge Is a MUST – Blue Ridge cinema is a must have for campus. If you can wait for a movie until juse a few weeks before it hits DVD you can watch it here for $1.50 flat rate all shows! That's right for $15 you and a date can see two movies and have unlimited popcorn and drinks for about the same price you'd pay for two tickets at a regular theatre. Late show tip - get your food early as some shows run until midnight but the concession stand closes at 10.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T20:13:32Z
Nuke Is the Best! NC State has one of hte best engineering programs in the country and Nuclear Engineering rocks. It is super challenging but the professors are there to get you through it...with a couple of exceptions. If you go this major you WILL have 2-5 job offers up to 8 months before you graduate. Expect $55k for a B.S., $65k for a M.S. and $80k+ for a Ph.D. Eat that art history!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T19:55:11Z
Parking Is the Only Thing They Care About. Any parking violation is dealt with harshly and quickly. The campus police patrol the parking decks continuously looking for people without tags. All other crimes to be of little consequence and are typically handled with a campus-wide email warning. I have had several friends, and numerous friends of friends whose property and/or apartments have been vandalized or stolen. Armed robbery was a frequent problem between Mission Valley and Centennial last year but it was resolved when the "real police" finally got involved. Violent crimes of murder and rape are incredibly rare.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T19:50:46Z
Alcohol, but That's About It – Drug use at NC State is rare and relatively easy to spot and even easier to avoid. While some students may dabble with marijuana and the occaisional meth or crack use has been reported, by far the most common drug is alcohol. Beer is most common since it can be sold in grocery stores and since hard liquor is distributed at the ABC shops - of where there are only two within walking distance of campus. A lot of older students, espcially grad students, will also partake in a glass or two of wine with dinner. Underage drinking is common but disciplined when found.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-23T19:43:58Z
Campus Aesthetics – It has been said there are more bricks per square mile at NC State than anywhere else in the country. The campus' red brick theme makes it a beautifully coordinated campus. Only a few oddballs such as Harrleson Hall stick out. The library is a 10 story brick building (rare yes) and is an excellent facility for academic or personal interest study and also provides a great view all the way to downtown or to the stadium.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-21T16:00:31Z
Over the years I have noticed that the numbers of minority have increased but it is still a predominantly white school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-21T15:57:45Z
Remodeling Needed – All the dorms need to be remodeled except the ones that were just recently done and the student appartments for upperclassman.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T18:47:58Z
Inside Scoop – The free expression tunnel is a place where anyone and paint their thoughts and ideas for everyone to see.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T18:46:05Z
If you do not have a parking pass, which are very expensive, then there is no use even trying to park on campus. You will get a ticket if you do not have a pass and if you try to pay in one of the lots the price adds up and they fill up very quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-03T18:43:49Z
There are many apartments and off campus housing opportunities around the school. It just depends on what type of housing you want, how much you are willing to spend, and the style of place you would like to live.
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