Orientation map of Mid-Atlantic States, highlighting Raleigh, North CarolinaNC State University is in the heart of North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, within Wake County. The city is one of three "corners"— along with Durham and Chapel Hill — that make up the Triangle Region in the central area of our state. This prime location is a culturally diverse area and an international hub for technology, research, and innovation. It affords students an excellent quality of life, opportunities for employment and business start-up potential, and leisure activities that consistently rank among the highest in the country. 

The Atlantic Ocean borders North Carolina's eastern edge, with beautiful, top-ranked beaches only two hours southeast of campus. Amateur- to pro-level ski slopes in Western North Carolina are within a five-hour drive — and you can enjoy spectacular mountain views year round.

By air, we are a little over an hour from New York City, and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. (by car, about five hours). The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is an American Airlines hub, with non-stop flights across the country as well as to London and Paris (Paris non-stop service begins May 2016 on Delta). Amtrak also provides rail service from downtown Raleigh to great destinations!

In addition to the many amenities available to you as an NC State student, you will enjoy free transportation around campus and points within Raleigh on the Wolfline – NC State’ bus service. Dine at the city's award-winning restaurants; attend world-class live entertainment at our many performance venues; and relax in green spaces on campus as well as city and county parks and forests. Area museums are ranked among the finest in the nation.

And it seems around every corner there are reminders of North Carolina’s extraordinary place in U.S. and world history. Historic sites abound.  

So much to do during breaks and on weekends!​