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    Academic Excellence: The past year has been a stellar one for the Pack academically. 

    • A record 86 State student-athletes graduated in May and a record 10 student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans.  
    • NC State was the only Division I program with two women's basketball academic All-Americans in 2011-12.  
    • Three Wolfpack student-athletes were inducted into the Zeta of North Carolina chapter of Phi Beta Kappa this spring, one of the highest academic honors a State student can earn.
    • Three NC State student-athletes were awarded ACC postgraduate scholarships in 2012. In the history of this program, NC State boasts the highest number of these honorees among league schools.
    • A record number 381 student-athletes were named scholar-athletes on campus (3.0 GPA or higher) in 2011-12
    • 186 student-athletes were Dean's List honorees, another school record.
    • A record 69 student-athletes were named to ACC All-Academic teams.
    • Four Wolfpack teams were recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award. This honor is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Men's cross country, rifle, women's golf and gymnastics were honored for 2011-12.

    Among the Elite: NC State was one of only three institutions in the nation to have its football team win a bowl game, its men’s basketball team advance to the Sweet 16, and its baseball team advance to a Super Regional (Florida and Baylor).

    Pack in Top-25: Seven teams finished their seasons ranked in the final Top 25: Men's Cross Country (10th), Baseball (12th), Women's Golf (13th), Gymnastics (17th), Rifle (18th), Men's Basketball (20th) and Women's Cross Country (23rd).

    National Titles: NC State is one of just 14 schools in the nation, and one of three in the ACC, that has won multiple championships in men's basketball.

    Economic Impact: NC State and its alumni provide $7.3 billion in economic impact for North Carolina.

    NC State Hall of Fame: NC State has established its first-ever Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of the university's greatest student-athletes, coaches and special contributors. The inaugural class was enshrined during a celebration at Reynolds Coliseum on October 5. NC State's first class consisted of: Genia Beasley (women's basketball), Ted Brown (football), Everett Case (men's basketball coach), Roman Gabriel (football), Tab Ramos (men's soccer), Jim Ritcher (football), Julie Shea (track & field/cross country), David Thompson (men's basketball), Jim Valvano (men's basketball coach), and Kay Yow (women's basketball coach). Click here for more info on the inductees.

    Hall of Famers: NC State is well represented in the Hall of Fame for many different sports. Seven members of the College Football Hall of Fame (players Jack McDowall, Roman Gabriel, John Ritcher, Jim Donnan and Dennis Byrd and coaches Buck Shaw and Lou Holtz), three Naismith Memorial Hall of Famers (David Thompson, Everett Case, Kay Yow), three members of the College Basketball Hall of Fame (Thompson, Case and Vic Bubas), one member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (Yow), a US Soccer Hall of Famer (Tab Ramos), a member of the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame (John Sadri) and a member of the College Golf Coaches Hall of Fame (Richard Sykes) are all former or current Wolfpack players or coaches.

    Want a Job?: Job recruiters recently ranked NC State in a tie as the nation's 19th-best university in regards to its ability to train and prepare graduates for employment according to the Wall Street Journal.

    State Leader: With over 34,000 students, NC State is the largest four-year institution in the state of North Carolina.

    Moving Up: From 2010 to 2012, State's athletics' program jumped 52 spots in the Director's Cup, as the Wolfpack finished 37th in 2011-12. That two-year jump is the biggest by an ACC school in the history of the Directors’ Cup. A total of 13 Wolfpack teams earned Directors’ Cup points and six finished in the Top-25 of the Cup standings: baseball (9th), men’s basketball (9th), men’s cross country (10th), gymnastics (13th), women’s golf (13th) and women’s cross country (23rd).

    National Defense: More than 40 NC State alumni have served as generals or admirals in the U.S. military, more than any other university outside the service academies.

    Conference Founders: NC State was a charter member of both the Southern Conference (1921) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (1953).

    Breaking Ground: In 1956, NC State was the first ACC institution to integrate its athletics. Three of the school's first four African-American students competed in varsity athletics: Irwin Holmes, Walter Holmes Jr. (no relation) and Manual Crockett. Irwin Holmes and Crockett first broke the ACC's color barrier while competing in track and field in the spring of 1957. Walter Holmes played soccer in 1958 and was the first African American member of the marching band. Irwin Holmes also played tennis and in 1959 became the first African-American to be named captain of an ACC varsity team. He later became the school's first black graduate.

    Paving the Way: NC State was the first ACC school to hire a full-time coach for women (Kay Yow, 1975) and the first league school to hire a fulltime women's athletics administrator (Nora Lynn Finch, 1979)

    Tops in Research: Centennial Campus, a national model for university-based research parks virtually since its creation in 1984 was named the world's top research park by the Association of University Research Parks.

    Engineering Success: NC State's College of Engineering has almost 50,000 alumni nationwide and produces 63% of all engineering degrees awarded by North Carolina colleges. Of licensed professional engineers living in the state, 40% hold bachelor's degrees in engineering from NC State.

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