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NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Rich Linton in his office.

Welcome to CALS

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

A Word from the Dean

As the state’s preeminent college of agriculture and life sciences, we serve the needs of North Carolina through teaching, research, extension and international programs – helping citizens benefit from what we discover, develop and extend into the communities and fields across our state, our nation and the 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 help cultivate change for a living? We’ve organized our departments into interdisciplinary, cross-functional collaborative systems, and we are hiring. Join our faculty and staff now.

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

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

Richard H. Linton
NC State University
Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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.

Lake Wheeler farm in foreground, with Raleigh skyline in background

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.