North Carolina A & T State University

North Carolina A & T State University Enrollment Information

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University is a public 4-year school that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is North Carolina A&T State University the School for You?

Founded in 1891, North Carolina A&T State University is part of the North Carolina University System. The school offers almost 200 degree programs in such areas as engineering, business, education, technology and agricultural science. Continue reading to discover if you want to be an Aggie.

Pros

  • Total costs are roughly $2,000 lower for in-state students and $5,000 lower for out-of-state students than the national averages for public 4-year universities
  • Room and board cost is around $2,000 lower than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is about $2,000 lower than the national average
  • Endowment has grown by 27.4% between 2010 and 2011

Cons

  • Student-faculty ratio is higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes
  • 4-year graduation rate is 24 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

With lower than average total costs, North Carolina A&T State University could be an attractive option if you're a financially conscious student. Tuition, fees and living expenses for in-state residents during the 2011-2012 academic year totaled $14,721, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This was around $2,000 lower than the national average cost of $17,136 for 4-year public universities. Out-of-state students paid $24,355 during the same year, compared to a national average of $29,703.

You might also finish your degree program with less debt than the average student. Nationwide, college graduates owed an average of $26,660 in 2011. The average debt for graduates of North Carolina A&T was $24,899.

However, at North Carolina A&T you might have to contend with low graduation rates. Only 16% of students beginning a bachelor's degree program in 2005 finished in four years of study, according to NCES. This figure is relatively low compared to the national average 4-year graduation rate of 40%. Other factors worth considering include the high number of classes taught by teaching assistants. These part-time graduate assistants made up 34% of instructors in 2011. You might also face large class sizes. The 18:1 student-faculty ratio was slightly higher than the national average of 16:1.

Should you choose to enroll, you can pursue an undergraduate degree in one of 117 areas of study. Almost 60 graduate programs are also available. NCES reported that engineering bachelor's and master's degrees were among the most popular programs in 2011. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked the engineering school 144th in the nation for 2012. The school also received an 11th place ranking among on its list of top Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

North Carolina A&T is home to the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, an interdisciplinary partnership designed to improve craniofacial, dental, orthopedic and cardiovascular implants. North Carolina A&T is also a land-grant university, receiving resources from Congress to focus on agricultural research. As a student in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, you could take advantage of paid internship programs available through its cooperative extension program.

Admissions & Financial Aid at North Carolina A&T State University

The admission rate for North Carolina A&T State University in 2010 was 61%, according to NCES, which is close to the national average of 65.5%. Applications for the fall semester are due in mid-February, and the school notifies students of its admission decision on a rolling basis. You could receive word from the university 4-6 weeks after submitting your completed application. Required materials include your high school transcripts, standardized test scores and a $45 application fee.

NCES reported that 76% of undergraduates received grant or scholarship aid in 2011. A little more than half of first-year students received institutional grants or scholarships. Awards available to incoming freshmen include the Gates Millennium Scholarship for minority students and the Lewis and Elizabeth Dowdy Scholarship, which covers education costs for students with exceptional standardized test scores and high school GPAs. In addition to award programs, the university gives you the option of spreading out payments over 3-5 months.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Feb. 15th for the fall semester and Nov. 1st for the spring semester*
Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1st*
Notification of Acceptance (2013-2014) Rolling*
Application Fee (2011-2012) $45**
Acceptance Rate (2010) 61%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $14,721 (in-state), $24,355 (out of state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $12,879***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 18.2%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $24,899***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 13.5%**

Life at North Carolina A&T State University

The North Carolina A&T State University Aggies compete in Division I of the NCAA. Men's and women's teams compete in track and field, basketball and cross country, among others. The university is also home to the Blue and Gold Marching Machine, the popular marching band often seen during football games and band competitions. The marching band is just one of several groups and organizations that you can join. Other options include sororities and fraternities, academic organizations and honor societies.

With a designation as a Historically Black University, 88% of the undergraduate population was African-American in 2011, according to NCES. Most freshman aren't allowed to bring their cars on campus, but they can take advantage of the school's shuttle service or free city bus rides to and from downtown Greensboro. In addition to traditional residence halls, North Carolina A&T offers learning communities based on your choice of major or area of interest.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 10,881 (9,206 undergraduates)**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 46% male and 54% female**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 90%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 86%**
% of International Students (2011) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011) 74% for full-time students and 38% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 41%***
Number of Libraries 1*

Article Sources: *North Carolina A&T State University, **NCES College Navigator, ***U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Webb Hall, 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27411
  • Phone: (336) 334-7946