Future Students and Parents | NC State ISE

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Future Students and Parents

Welcome future students – and parents – to the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Housed within NC State’s College of Engineering, we are one of the top industrial engineering departments in the country.

The goal here is to help you:

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About Our Department

Industrial and systems engineering is gaining unprecedented momentum and popularity with students.

Our Department celebrates more than 86 years of excellence and is a top-ranked program by US News & World Report. ISE prepares students for a variety of careers. They push the boundaries of 3-D printing, regenerative medicine and supply chain logistics. The College of Engineering ranks us #1 for Student Satisfaction, Job Placement and Job Placement in their Field of Study. Currently, there are more companies looking to hire our graduates than there are students to fill those positions.

ABET Accreditation and Why it Matters

ABET certifies engineering programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. With ABET quality standards, you can be confident that our program will prepare you to enter a global workforce.

ABET consists of more than 2,200 experts who come from industry, academia, and government. Sought worldwide, their criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET’s voluntary peer-review process adds critical value to engineering programs where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Many high school students want to become engineers, but what kind?

Industrial and systems engineering is the “people person’s” engineering. It combines the physical and social sciences together with the principles of engineering to optimize processes and systems. It’s simple. Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better.

They improve quality and productivity and they cut waste like time, materials, money and energy. This is why many industrial and systems engineers often get promoted to management positions. For the same reason, industrial engineering is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to own and run a business.

Living in Raleigh

Year after year, Raleigh, NC ranks among the five best places in the country to live and work. With moderate weather (71°F avg temp), it’s only two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains. Raleigh is both welcoming to families and individuals alike and is proud of its well-educated workforce and multi-cultural environment.

The city of Raleigh Skyline at night
The Raleigh skyline at night

Campus Life

As an industrial engineering student at NC State, you will get the best in both academics and campus life. The University is a great place to make new friends, join clubs, and take part in all kinds of activities, all while getting a top-quality education.

The hub for student activities is the new Talley Student Union, a state-of-the-art foundation for student life. Whether you’re a fan in the stands, a player on the field, or a student looking for a good workout, NC State has you covered. With hundreds of year-round arts programs, you have the tools and facilities to bring your ideas to life, as well as a supportive community of fellow creators.

NC State offers students housing options that range from traditional residence hall living to campus-based village communities to on- and off-campus apartment complexes for upperclassmen and graduate student residents.

NC State Dining has options to fit every appetite and palate, from quick-service eateries, all-you-can-eat dining halls, familiar fast-food chains, specialty cafes, coffee bars, and even food trucks.

Tour the ISE Department

We think seeing is believing. So we invite you to come and take a tour of the Department and discover the many areas within ISE. They include our:

  • World-class 3D printing lab
  • Robotics and automation lab
  • Virtual reality cave and biomechanics lab
  • Biomedical 3D printing lab

While you are here sit in on one of our simulation modeling or product development classes. To get started just fill out an ISE Campus Visitation Form.

Got Questions? (FAQ)

We are sure that you have many, many questions and we are here to help. Find the answers to many of the most common questions.

Current Ph.D. Students

Our Ph.D. students and our research are changing the world of advanced manufacturing, operations and the service sectors. We are pushing the boundaries of 3-D printing, regenerative medicine and health systems engineering. Our graduate program produces students who excel in both industry and academia. They are innovators, educators and even Nobel Peace Prize recipients.


So are you ready to become a member of Wolfpack Nation? Great!

Discover what you need to apply to our undergraduate program and graduate program, as well as, the answer to the question, “Can I afford it?


Congratulations! NC State has a New Student Checklist to help you become a new member of the Wolfpack family.

Parent and Family Services

NC State’s Office of Parents & Families Services works to nurture relationships between parents, families, and their NC State students. They offer various events, programs and discounts only to the parents and families of NC State Students.