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Students use immersive technology in Hunt Library.


Centennial Campus is a bustling hub for education and learning at NC State — and it's essential to the university's academic mission.

The Forefront of Higher Education

As one of the leading public land-grant universities in the United States, NC State’s mission is to make the fruits of learning and discovery available to everyone. And Centennial Campus is key to that mission.

Unlike conventional research or business parks, Centennial is inseparable from academic life at NC State. It unites students, faculty and industry partners who want to spark ideas, forge connections and unlock new solutions. Together, they’ve built a place for lifelong learning — and a launchpad for NC State’s second century.

Students work together in NC State's Hunt Library.

The Library of Tomorrow

Home to collaborative spaces, experiential learning and a robotic book delivery system, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library has won national and international awards for its stunning design. It’s a place for students and the public alike to think and do — and thrive.

The exterior of Hunt Library.

Campus, Continued

From the beginning, Centennial Campus has housed a wealth of NC State academic units, institutes and centers, including the nationally renowned College of Engineering and Wilson College of Textiles. Nearby, the 250-acre Centennial Biomedical Campus boasts the College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the top-ranked in the nation.

Whether you’re a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, a distance or online learner, a budding entrepreneur, or just someone who’s excited to surround yourself with new ideas, Centennial was built to serve you.

An Academic Community

Learning doesn’t start with a bachelor’s degree, and it doesn’t stop at graduation. Centennial Campus supplies education for every stage of life.

From extensive K-12 programming to Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School and Wake STEM Early College High School, Centennial Campus supports and serves precollegiate students. It also hosts the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, a key center for statewide research and outreach within the College of Education.

Lifelong learners can take advantage of executive education and organizational learning opportunities led by experts in computer science, statistics, management and more. And our co-located partners routinely discover workforce development opportunities through External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development.


NC State boasts one of the leading undergraduate entrepreneurship ecosystems in the United States, ranked in the top ten by the Princeton Review. Centennial offers a wealth of programs and resources to help you get started.

NC State alum Lisbeth Arias examines a dress in a studio.
An aerial view of Centennial Campus.

75 University Centers, Institutes and Departments

A wealth of colleges and other academic units call Centennial Campus home.