North Carolina State University – also called NCSU – was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college called the “North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts”. It became the “North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering” in 1917, and then the “University of North Carolina” in 1931, after merging with NC State and the Women’s College.
In the beginning, it offered education in Engineering and Mechanics, Agriculture, Military Tactics and the Liberal Arts. A School of Architecture and Landscape Design was added in 1947, as was a School of Education in 1948, and a School of Forestry in 1950. The 1970s saw the addition of Schools of Social Sciences and of Humanities.
North Carolina State University today has three sub-campuses in Raleigh (North, Central and South Campuses) as well as nearby Centennial Camus. The Centennial Biomedical Campus and a presence in the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. It boasts more than 35,000 students (more than 10,000 of whom are post-graduate students.