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Engineering Expansion

To continue providing job-ready graduates for North Carolina’s ever-growing tech economy, NC State will significantly increase the number of undergraduates and graduate students in engineering disciplines and computer science over the next few years.


Economic developments announced in 2021 by Apple, Google, FUJIFILM Diosynth and other technology companies on their moves to the Raleigh Durham area are increasing the demand for undergraduate and graduate education in engineering and computer science. With more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in the College of Engineering, NC State has a proven ability to graduate students within the talent pipeline that these companies are looking for.

Growing the number of undergraduate and graduate students from NC State’s College of Engineering is the right response at the right time for the state of North Carolina. Done well, this growth can fulfill multiple strategic goals of Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary. Funds for the expansion, called Engineering North Carolina’s Future, were included in the recently passed North Carolina state budget.

Engineering Expansion Working Group

Provost Arden and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Maimone charged the Engineering Expansion Working Group in September 2021.


Margery Overton, Chair, Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Strategy and Analysis

Adrian Day, Vice Provost for Business Operations and Strategic Resource Management

Ursula Hairston, Assistant Vice Chancellor for HR Strategy

Don Hunt, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services

Alicia Knight, Associate Vice Chancellor for Real Estate and Development

Doug Morton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities

Barbara Moses, Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Resource Management


Meeting the projected workforce demand may require a 40% increase in the number of students in the College of Engineering. All of campus will be affected and it is essential we plan well and consider all potential impacts.

The working group, which meets regularly, has been charged to

  • Review proposed growth scenarios, impacts, mitigation strategies and create overall recommendations for implementation, including a list of action items to prepare for a fall 2022 increase in College of Engineering enrollment, and
  • Engage various stakeholders on an ad hoc basis that will include representatives from the Colleges of Engineering, Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences as well as other potential affected units across campus.

Engineering Expansion Updates

As the working group continues their efforts, the Provost’s Office and the Office of Finance and Administration will provide updates on progress and decisions made based on thorough research and thoughtful conversations with campus stakeholders. If you have any questions, please contact Margery Overton at