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Rising Levels of External Support

  • Supporters contributed $215.4 million in gifts and new commitments to NC State in FY18 — our second consecutive year to raise more than $200 million.
  • NC State garnered $165.1 million in cash gifts in FY18, the highest total we’ve ever received.
  • Alumnus Frederick Eugene Wilson Jr. and the Wilson family gave the transformational gift of $28 million to name the Wilson College of Textiles in perpetuity.
  • Alumni Edward P. Fitts Jr. and Edgar S. Woolard jointly gave a $25 million gift allowing the university to break ground on Fitts-Woolard Hall, which will house programs and facilities of the College of Engineering.
  • A group of generous supporters of NC State athletics made a $5 million pledge to name the James T. Valvano Arena in Reynolds Coliseum.
  • The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of NC State, has raised 96 percent of its $1.6 billion goal.

$215.4M in Private Supportin FY18

Recent Accolades and Achievements

  • Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, was elected into the National Academy of Engineering.
  • The National Science Foundation presented its prestigious Early Career Award to nine NC State researchers in fields spanning biomedical engineering; chemistry; educational psychology; electrical and computer engineering; mathematics; mechanical and aerospace engineering; plant and microbial biology; and sustainability science and engineering.
  • The Fulbright Scholar Program honored NC State researchers with eight scholar awards.
  • Federico Scurti, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, won a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his inventions of devices that detect and prevent failure of high-temperature superconductors in transportation systems.
  • The National Science Foundation awarded its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship to 14 NC State students this year. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • All four of NC State’s nominees for a Goldwater Scholarship — presented to outstanding undergraduates preparing for careers as mathematicians, scientists and engineers — won the prestigious award: materials science and engineering major Neil Baugh, statistics major Rachel Chen, genetics and computer science double major Nikhil Milind and physics and computer science double major Ana Sofia Uzsoy.
  • In the 2018-2019 academic year, four Wolfpack varsity teams — wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s cross-country — won ACC championships.
  • Four NC State coaches won Coach of the Year awards in their respective conferences: Simon Earnshaw, women’s tennis; Laurie Henes, women’s cross-country; Braden Holloway, men’s swimming and diving; and Kim Landrus, women’s gymnastics.
  • Three athletics teams — women’s basketball, women’s soccer and women’s tennis — made it to the Sweet 16 in their respective tournaments.
  • NC State’s student-athletes excelled in the classroom as well, posting the athletics department’s highest-ever numbers of Academic All-Conference and Academic All-American student-athletes, as well as a record-high graduation success rate.

Updated July 17, 2019.

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