Whether you have a future college student or just want to relive your glory days, touring one of the Triangle’s acclaimed universities is time well spent.
North Carolina State University accommodates 34,000 students and a state-of-the-art, 1,314-acre a research park called Centennial Campus, which is located less than a mile away from the main campus in Raleigh. Centennial Campus boasts the most high-tech library in the region. Watch robots retrieve checked-out books at James B. Hunt Jr. Library and witness students taking study breaks in the Game Lab or writing on wipe-board walls inside of group study rooms. Don’t forget to stop by the recently renovated Talley Student Center for a taste of Howling Cow ice cream, created by the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science’s Feldmeier Dairy Processing Lab in Schaub Hall.
James B. Hunt Library (Courtesy North Carolina State University)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accommodates 29,000 students and claims a rich history that spans more than two centuries. The nation’s first and oldest state university is regularly recognized for offering the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Students can choose from numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and seven professional degree programs, through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.
McCorkle Place at UNC-Chapel Hill (Courtesy UNC-Chapel Hill)
Duke University accommodates 15,000 students and originated in 1838 as a tiny schoolhouse for Methodist and Quaker families in rural Randolph County. It later became Trinity College in 1859 and finally Duke University in 1924. Known for its selective 11.4 percent acceptance rate and 8:1 student/faculty ratio, the university’s gothic architecture features buildings designed with local stone and carved limestone. Duke Chapel, an iconic university landmark, stands an impressive 210 feet tall and offers weekly mass.
Duke Chapel steps (Courtesy Duke University)
Take a self-guided tour or go with a pro by scheduling an online tour at all three universities: