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NC State Education Welcomes Largest Incoming Group of Students Since 2010

Spring flowers in front of Poe Hall.

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The NC State College of Education will open the 2017-18 academic year Wednesday, Aug. 16, with an expected 485 new students — its largest incoming group of undergraduate and graduate students in at least seven years.

By the Numbers


New undergraduate students

New graduate students

New First-Year Students*

States where new undergraduates come from

North Carolina counties where new undergraduates come from

Average weighted GPA

Average on SAT

*First-year undergraduate students only. Does not include transfer or graduate students

“We’re thrilled to be beginning our 90th academic year with our largest incoming group of students in several years,” said Mary Ann Danowitz, the dean of the College of Education. “They are joining a college committed to integrity, social justice and diversity and that has a tradition of doing the extraordinary to improve the lives of children and families and to transform schools and communities across North Carolina and beyond.”

The new group of students is comprised of 376 master’s and doctoral students and 109 undergraduate students. They are studying across 50-plus academic programs in teacher preparation, counseling education, adult education, community college leadership, leadership education, educational policy, graphics communication and STEM education.

For the undergraduate students, the college’s Class of 2021 has a weighted GPA of 4.38 and an average score of 1204 on the SAT, making them one of the strongest incoming groups academically in the college’s history. They come from six states and 32 counties across North Carolina.

“Our faculty and staff worked extremely hard to recruit this strong group of students to our college,” Danowitz said.

As the leading college of education in North Carolina, the NC State College of Education graduates highly prepared education professionals, conducts highly impactful research, and offers highly relevant outreach services that ensure the educational success of all students and reduce achievement gaps. The college is the state’s largest supplier of STEM educators each year, consistently ranks among the top teacher preparation programs in the state, and has established a leadership pipeline for schools, community colleges and higher education.

The college enrolls over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and its faculty currently engage in 139 research projects funded through nearly $54 million in active research and development grants. U.S. News & World Report ranks the college in the Top 15 percent nationally among graduate schools of education. The publication also ranks the college’s online programs No. 29 and higher education program No. 19 in the nation.