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Welcome to CALS

Help us shape the future of agriculture and the life sciences.

A Word from the Dean

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As the state’s preeminent college of agriculture and life sciences, we serve North Carolina through teaching and mentoring, research, Extension and international programs. We train students to become leaders and to meet the needs of our agriculture, food and life science industries. We make discoveries, solve problems and bring that knowledge to the communities and fields across our state, our nation and our world.

Simply stated: We transform challenges into agriculture and life sciences opportunities, and we need you here to help us.

Thinking about attending CALS? Let us help you find your path to NC State.

Want to make an impact? Join our faculty and staff now.

Want to partner with us? We are doing big things to shape the future of agriculture and the life sciences through our partnerships with state, federal, local governments and agencies, agricultural organizations and industry leaders. Partner with us to ensure our mutual success.

We are proudly living our vision, and we invite you to join us.

Garey Fox
Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
North Carolina State University

Get to Know Us

From our campus in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city to our 18 research stations strategically located across the state, to the farms, agribusinesses and industry partners we work with on a daily basis, NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is leading the charge for agricultural and life sciences innovation.

Our work is feeding, clothing, fueling and healing a growing population. Take some time to get to know us – and then join us.

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Our Land-Grant Roots

On March 7, 1887, the North Carolina General Assembly founded North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts as a land-grant college. Its mission was to provide practical, classical education to North Carolina students, focusing on agriculture and the mechanical arts.

Today, North Carolina State University has nearly 37,000 students and is the largest university in the state. Though much has changed, one thing remains the same – the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences continues to create and extend the education and research-driven solutions that improve agriculture and the lives of our neighbors – across the state and around the world.