North Carolina State or NC State is a public research university founded in 1887 and located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Together with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, NC State completes the Research Triangle which is home to many high-tech companies as well as university research facilities. NC State accepts about half of the number of students who apply although they are considered a more selective university. Many publications have rated NC State among the best colleges and universities. Princeton Review and US News and World Report ranked NC State 2nd and 5th respectively in 2006. US News and World Report also ranked them 6th on the same list in 2010.
Students participate in many charitable traditions at NC State. Shack-A-Thon was started in 1991 to fund Habitat for Humanity. Student organizations take turns living, sleeping and studying in the Brickyard as they collect money from people passing through which goes to fund building a house through Habitat for Humanity. If you like donuts you may want to challenge yourself in the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Students meet at the Memorial Bell Tower and run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme where you have to eat twelve donuts and then run back to Memorial Bell Tower in less than an hour. Sports Illustrated actually listed this as one of the “102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate.” In 2011 students raised $100,000 for Children’s Hospital.
Surprisingly NC State is the home to many well known political and athletic figures. John Edwards, former U.S. Senator and two time presidential candidate attended NC State. Bill Cowher coached 15 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers including a Super Bowl title in 2006. Over 130 NC State alulmni have played for the NFL and 41 alumni have played for the NBA. If music is more your thing then you will probably remember Scotty McCreery who won American Idol in 2011 currently attends NC State.
35% of undergraduate students live on campus in one of the residence halls. Once they make the transition to off campus housing they may need to find a self storage facility near NC State to store some of their belongings. There are over ten locations within seven miles from campus where you can choose from different amenities including climate control, drive up access and alarmed security. A 5’x5′ or 5’x10′ storage unit in 27695 can be rented for $40-$90 per month. Some storage facilities will offer discounts for your first few months so it worth inquiring about these savings.