Key Components of
Student Success

Student success at NC State focuses on the development and enrichment of the whole student — academically, socially, mentally and physically.

Students collaborate at Hunt library

What is student success?

Strong academics, student engagement, health and wellness services, and other support mechanisms ensure that the university is producing graduates who are ready to make a real-world impact in their communities and around the globe. Award-winning faculty support students through excellent teaching, providing enriching research opportunities, and encouraging community service and engagement. We provide all our students, whether undergraduate or graduate, with unparalleled opportunities for a well-rounded experiential education, making them some of the most sought-after graduates in the country among potential employers.

The following units play a key role in the success of all students at NC State.

  • Our Colleges — NC State’s 10 colleges collectively offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 65 departments. These colleges are: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Design, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, the Poole College of Management, the College of Sciences, the College of Textiles and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Division of Academic and Student Affairs — Led by Vice Chancellor and Dean Mike Mullen, DASA works across NC State to prepare students to succeed academically, professionally and personally; to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning; and to become informed, engaged and productive citizens.
  • Division of Enrollment Management and Services — Led by Senior Vice Provost Louis Hunt, EMAS provides critical services to students, parents and visitors to NC State from recruitment, enrollment and retention through graduation and beyond.
  • Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity — Led by Vice Provost Linda McCabe Smith, OIED is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience.
  • Office of International Affairs — Led by Vice Provost Bailian Li, OIA is NC State’s gateway to the world, overseeing global research, education and partnership efforts that tackle the grand challenges of an interconnected society.
  • The Graduate School — Led by Dean Maureen Grasso, the Graduate School equips master’s and doctoral students to effectively confront global problems alongside world-leading researchers and powerful partners.
  • The NCSU Libraries — Led by Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Susan Nutter, the NCSU Libraries provide resources for teaching, learning and research for the campus community and NC State partners.
  • Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) — Led by Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship Tom Miller, DELTA fosters the integration and support of learning technologies in NC State’s academic programs, both on campus and at a distance.

2025 Enrollment Plan

In alignment with the strategic plan, a 2025 Enrollment Plan outlines primary strategies for fulfilling NC State’s mission to serve the people of North Carolina and its special role within the University of North Carolina system as a research-extensive university. This long-range enrollment plan calls for changes in the composition of the student body, including expanding the proportion of graduate students — particularly at the doctoral level in the STEM areas and in professional master’s degrees in high-impact areas needed for the workforce of tomorrow.

Among undergraduates, we will encourage the enrollment of well-qualified external transfers while continuing to provide access to NC State programs that are unique in the UNC system. We plan to increase the size of the first-time, full-time freshman class by 8 percent and to increase the number of transfer students by 52 percent from 2015 to 2025. This will change the proportion of arriving undergraduate students from 21 percent transfer students to 27 percent transfer students. During this period of growth, it is important that we maintain our focus on student success initiatives for first-time freshmen and that we develop initiatives for an increasing number of transfer students.

View the Enrollment Plan