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NC State University continues to climb in the US News rankings, ACC ranks #1



The good news just keeps coming for NC State University.

Almost a month ago, Money Magazine ranked NC State as the #1 college in North Carolina when it came to value.

Now, US News & World Report has moved NC State up to #80 on their national “Top Colleges & Universities” list. Among public institutions, State was moved up to 32.

Leading the way was the NC State engineering department, followed by the Poole College of Mangement. Here is a blurb from the release:

The Poole College of Management continued to climb up the list of undergraduate business programs, moving up four spots to No. 87 in the nation. Poole’s undergraduate accounting program also made the list this year, ranking 54th.

Undergraduate engineering moved up two spots to 32nd place. Industrial engineering jumped two spots to 12th place and biological and agricultural engineering ticked up one spot to join the top 10 undergraduate programs in the nation.(NC State)

Meanwhile, the ACC as a whole showed great numbers in this same report.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in the “Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. (ACC)

ACC schools combined for a 54.7 average rank and it’s the only FBS conference to have 6 members in the top 35.

While NC State is moving up, they have a way to go to catch the schools in the Top-40. Duke is #8, Notre Dame is #18, Virginia is #25, Wake is #27, UNC is #30 and Georgia Tech is #35 and Boston College rounds it out at #38.

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NC State Names Holmes Hall After 1st African-American Graduate & ACC Athlete



Today NC State changed the name of University College Commons to Holmes Hall in honor of Irwin Holmes, the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree.

Holmes proudly walked across the graduation stage on May 29th, 1960, with a degree in electrical engineering in hand.

Not only was Holmes the school’s first African-American graduate, he was also the ACC’s first African-American athlete, playing tennis and running indoor track.

In 1960, Holmes became co-captain of the Tennis team, becoming the 1st African-American captain of a varsity team in ACC history.

Truly a remarkable story.

The legendary Tim Peeler broke it down in story form here.


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Check Out This NC State Themed Corn Maze!



The Granville Haunt Farm has raised the bar of what it means to be an NC State fan.

Grey Blackwell, who graduated from NC State’s College of Design in 1992, runs the Haunted Corn Maze in Granville County every year, and this year the maze is also a shrine for all Wolfpack fans to experience. As you walk through the haunted maze, you are walking through the shape of the Tuffy head logo, the block “S” logo, and the word Wolfpack.

A company from Idaho designed the maze to fit the space and then arrived in August with two small John Deere tractors equipped with GPS to direct them where to cut. It took them about a half a day to make Tuffy appear in Blackwell’s corn field.

“It’s an agri-tourism event, so it made sense for NC State to be part of it,” says Blackwell, who has season tickets to NC State football games.


With Fall getting in full swing, you should take a trip out to the Granville Haunt Farm. Prices start as low as $10 for individual attractions, and it’s right under an hour drive from the Raleigh area.

Check out their website here, and you can buy tickets before you go.

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The tunnel under Trinity Rd is complete, Will allow fans to walk from tailgate to Carter-Finley



As you’ve probably heard, NC DOT has been working on an underground tunnel that connects one of the main NC State tailgating lots to Carter-Finley Stadium.

Well, that tunnel is now complete and ready for use during this weekend’s game. This means Wolfpack fans can have fun at their tailgate and not worry about getting mowed over by a car while trying to cross Trinity Rd (one of the main arteries to the stadium). Here is a sneak peek at what it looks like, thanks to Wolfpack podcaster/journalist James Curle.

The tunnel is located near the intersection of Trinity Rd and Youth Center Dr.

Not only does this keep pedestrians heading to the game safe, but it also allows traffic to flow without having to yield for pedestrians every 3 minutes near that intersection.

The completion comes at the perfect time as NC State has two home games in a row before the NC State Fair takes over the lots.

** Image courtesy of James Curle. Speaking of James, he’s been creating NC State content since 2011 and he’s always done a high-quality job. If you’ve been a fan of his over that time, make sure you throw him a few bucks for a 6-pack soda.

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NC State putting on big party for The Brickyard’s 50th birthday this Saturday!



If you went to NC State then you’re obviously familiar with the Brickyard, but do you know its story?

Before it was actually made of bricks, it was a bunch of “warped planks sitting atop the muddy red quagmire that separated the old Erdahl-Cloyd Student Center from the shiny cylindrical marvel called Harrelson Hall that rose near the railroad tracks on NC State’s main campus. (NCSU)

**Note: Harrelson Hall was the first cylindrical building built on a college campus in the United States, however, it was torn down a few years ago because it was sinking. What it once stood is now a raised park.

In 1966, NC State decided it was time to do something a little more permanent and they started paving the area with red and white brick. They dubbed the area “University Plaza” but everybody just called it ‘The Brickyard.’

The Brickyard became a central gathering place for students. It was where they congregated, grabbed lunch, studied on a nice day, or just relaxed. It was where they celebrated and where they protested. It became a big part of the NC State college experience, so much so that when they graduated students would steal a brick as a memory of their time in Raleigh.

If you went to NC State, then you are part of this history. So make sure you join the alumni association and NCSU Libraries as they host the Brickyard’s 50th birthday party this Saturday (Sept. 22) from 10 am to noon. (meaning you can attend and still get home to grill-out before watching NC State vs. Marshall at 7pm.

Attending will cost you $5 if you’re a member of the alumni association and $10 for non-members. Kids are free. You can register here.

Here is a list of what they will have going on…

We hope to see you out there!


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