NC State is huge. On just Main Campus alone, there’s the Brickyard, the Court of Carolinas, and North/East/West/Central campuses to navigate. It’s like a small city’s downtown. Figuring out a new campus (and the difference between Withers, Witherspoon, Winston, and Winslow Halls) is a colossal task, and if you’re completely new to NC State, that’s on top of memorizing a full course schedule.
If you’ve been biting your nails over finding your classes on your first day, it’s understandable. But there are a few ways you can get accustomed to your new surroundings quicker. Check out this campus map and building directory.
Just the Academic Buildings on Main Campus
Let’s break down the numbers real quick: NC State has 11 academic colleges, 65 departments, and 300+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Of course, several of these colleges (like the College of Engineering and the Vet School) are primarily located on NC State’s other campuses. But on Main Campus, each (mostly brick) academic building is home to a variety of departments within all of these colleges. Let’s break it down, shall we?
1911 Building (CHASS)
The 1911 Building, which is the brick building above the cool steps above the Court of Carolinas, is home to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (often abbreviated to CHASS, which is much easier to say). Specifically, the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Work, and Sociology & Anthropology are housed here.
Location: North Campus
Fun Fact: The 1911 Building was originally a dorm, and it was named in honor of the Class of 1911, which abolished freshman hazing.
Bostian Hall (COS)
This building with a brick second-floor walkway is Bostian Hall, located right along the Brickyard near the Atrium food court. It’s home to the department of Biological Sciences within the College of Sciences (COS).
Location: North Campus, on the Brickyard
Brooks Hall (Design)
It’s only fitting that Brooks Hall — home to the College of Design and its departments of Architecture, Art & Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture — look like Jefferson’s Monticello. The marble columns and stairs are a breath of fresh air after all of the brick on NC State’s campus. Brooks Hall is located on Pullen Road, right next to the only roundabout within campus.
Location: North Campus
Fun Fact: Brooks Hall was NC State’s first library. That sculpture on the right, “Fit to Be Tied,” is one of several outdoor art exhibits near the building. (And yes, it’s hollow. Check out this video from 2007 of someone climbing into it.)
Burlington Nuclear Engineering Lab (Engineering)
Burlington Nuclear Engineering Lab is home to the Department of Nuclear Engineering within the College of Engineering. And yes, it has a working nuclear reactor. But it also has a beautiful garden behind it, where the iconic Strolling Professor statue is located.
Caldwell Hall (CHASS)
Caldwell Hall is one of three connected buildings along Hillsborough Street near the Belltower. It houses the School of Public & International Affairs and its departments of Political Science and Public Administration, all within the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHASS).
Carmichael Gymnasium (DASA)
Carmichael Gymnasium — Department of Health & Exercise Studies (DASA)
Cox Hall — College of Sciences; DELTA Testing Center
Dabney Hall (COS) — Department of Chemistry (COS)
DS Weaver Labs (Engineering) — Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering
First Year College Commons (DASA) — Exploratory Studies (formerly First Year College)
Grinnells Lab — Departments of Animal Science (CALS), Entomology (CALS), and Forestry & Environmental Resources (CNR)
Hodges Wood Products Lab (CNR) — Departments of Forestry & Environmental Resources and Forest Biomaterials
Kamphoefner Hall — College of Design
Mann Hall (Engineering) — Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Marye Anne Fox Science Labs (COS) — Departments of Chemistry and Physics
Nelson Hall — Poole College of Management and its departments of Management, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship, Economics, Business Management, and Accounting; department of Agricultural & Resource Economics (CALS)
Page Hall — College of Engineering
Park Shops — University Tutorial Center (DASA); DELTA classrooms; Department of Sociology & Anthropology (CHASS)
Patterson Hall — College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Poe Hall — College of Education and its departments of Teaching Education & Learning Sciences, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, and STEM Education; department of Psychology (CHASS)
Polk Hall (CALS) — Departments of Animal Science and Molecular & Structural Biochemistry (CALS)
Price Music Center — Music Department (DASA)
Pulp & Paper Labs (CNR) — Department of Forest Biomaterials (CNR)
Riddick Hall (COS)— Department of Physics (COS)
Schaub Food Science Building (CALS)— Department of Food, Bioprocessing, & Nutrition Sciences (CALS)
Scott Hall (CALS)— Department of Poultry Science
Talley Student Union — Arts NC State‘s Dance Program; Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (DASA) ; the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity (OIED)’s GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Women’s Center; Student Government; Union Activities Board
Tomkins Hall (CHASS) — Department of English
Winston Hall (CHASS) — Department of Communication
Good Luck with Classes
Hey, don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of where everything is. Waking up for your 8 AM English class, however, is an entirely different issue. Hope this map and directory can help you get around easily.
If you need a more in-depth guide to campus, like a list of off-campus restaurants and information about where to park, you can find all of that in the student commuter’s guide to NC State University.