Skip to main content

Centennial Campus

Woman paddling a kayak on smooth water.


Centennial Campus is a destination for everyone — close by, ready for business and open to all.

Open to the Public

Centennial Campus is a resource for everyone, from local residents to leading researchers from around the world.

Located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina — one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. — we’re an invaluable destination for the entire Research Triangle community, open to everyone who wants a glimpse of what’s next. We’re walking distance from the rest of the NC State University campus and minutes away from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Use the map below to explore Centennial Campus and discover everything we have to offer.

Transportation and Parking

Centennial Campus is served by NC State’s year-round Wolfline bus service.

The campus offers a number of parking decks and metered parking along the street that are open 24 hours a day. Most parking is available to the public outside business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) unless otherwise posted.

For more information, visit the NC State Transportation visitor parking page.

The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library is open every day of the week, and most library events and programming — including AV Geeks, Coffee and Viz and State of Sound — are free and available to the public.

A valid Wolfpack One Card is required to enter the library after 10 p.m., or during Reading Days or Final Exam periods.

For more information, explore the NC State University Libraries visitor guidelines.

Lake Raleigh and its trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk.

Paid parking is available at the nearby Poulton lot on Partners Way from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. At any other time, free parking on campus is open to the public.

After 5 p.m. and all day on weekends, public parking can also be found right in front of the lake. Walks, picnics, disc golf and non-motorized boating and watersports are available.

All are welcome to the outdoor Cinema Series every Friday in the fall, and the Live at Lake Raleigh concert series every Thursday in the spring.

Voted the best golf course in Raleigh by readers of the News & Observer, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course is open to NC State alumni, Centennial Campus visitors and the public alike.

The general public — and NC State students, staff and faculty — may book tee times up to seven days in advance. The venue is also available to reserve for private events.

The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center is the on-campus destination for reunions, weddings, receptions, parties and seminars.

The center is home to the NC State Alumni Association, which is always seeking new members. You’ll also find seasoned on-site event coordinators ready to help organize everything from wedding ceremonies to business and social events.

With more than 8,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and immediate access to the rest of Centennial Campus, this luxury hotel is ideally situated for corporate retreats, Raleigh vacations and other events.

Parking outside the hotel is free to visitors. Learn more about booking the venue for your next event on the StateView website.

Friends enjoy drinks around the firepit at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Raleigh's Intellectual Capital

Centennial Campus is a global hub for education, innovation and public-private partnership — and a vital piece of one of the nation’s top public universities: NC State.

Centennial is a place for the thinkers and doers of Raleigh to live, work and learn in an environment that’s unique to the Triangle. It’s a proving ground for new ideas and new businesses. And it’s vital to our university’s mission: creating prosperity across our state and nation.

Whoever you are, we can’t wait to welcome you here.

A heron awaits an early breakfast at Lake Raleigh.