North Carolina's Research Capital

NC State University’s second century began with the creation of Centennial Campus, a national hub for education, innovation and public-private partnership.

It’s a place where NC State students and faculty live, work and learn alongside leaders in industry. It’s a proving ground for new ideas and new businesses. And it’s a launching pad for our university’s mission: creating prosperity across our state and nation.

  • Centennial is more than a research park. It’s a thriving academic community, home to three of NC State’s colleges, many thousands of students and a wealth of university research centers, institutes, laboratories and departments.
  • Centennial has partners, not just tenants. Each of the companies, agencies and nonprofits housed here has programmatic connections to NC State. That means valuable research agreements with our faculty and invaluable work experience for our students.

76 industry, government and nonprofit partners

are located on Centennial Campus.

75 university centers, institutes and departments

call Centennial Campus home.

The Forefront of Experiential Learning

300+ new student hires

are made by Centennial partners each year.

NC State is home to 34,000 students, most of whom are North Carolina residents. It’s our job to prepare all of them for successful careers after college, and Centennial Campus is essential to that mission.

  • Centennial develops the state’s workforce. Our students work in internships and gain on-the-job experience just walking distance from class. Centennial Campus partners hire more than 300 NC State graduates each year.
  • Centennial creates the graduates America needs. The campus is home to top academic programs in some of the nation’s fastest-growing fields, such as advanced analytics and bioinformatics. At Centennial, students get to collaborate with the best in the business.

An Economic Engine for Our State

Centennial Campus draws millions of outside dollars to North Carolina each year. As industry and government partners invest here, those funds pay dividends to the state in the form of jobs, business income and tax revenue. And as Centennial’s reputation grows, so does the value of an NC State degree for our more than 220,000 living alumni.

  • Centennial is a national model for partnership. Each year, leaders from around 50 universities and municipalities tour Centennial so they can learn from and emulate its success in fueling local economies.
  • Centennial is a global name in research and innovation. From the world’s largest biomanufacturing education center to a pioneering nonwoven textile research institute, Centennial puts North Carolina on the international map.

125+ startup companies

began life at NC State.

550+ new commercial products

started as NC State research.

Centennial Campus Timeline

  • 1983 Chancellor Poulton writes to Gov. Hunt and UNC President Friday to explore the future of the Dorothea Dix Hospital property to NC State’s south.
  • 1984 The Hunt administration allocates the first 385 acres of the vacated Dix property to NC State.
  • 1985 Gov. Martin’s administration allocates an additional 400 acres to NC State.
  • 1986 The Centennial Campus master plan is approved by the NC State Board of Trustees and UNC's Board of Governors.
  • 1987 Gov. Martin and the Council of State unanimously approve the plan.
  • 1988 The Precision Engineering Center becomes the first occupied and dedicated building.
  • 1991 The College of Textiles moves to Centennial Campus; ABB becomes Centennial’s first corporate partner.
  • 1993 The National Weather Service becomes Centennial’s first government partner.
  • 1999 Startup companies are accepted into the Technology Incubator.
  • 2000 Centennial Biomedical Campus is established.
  • 2001 The Spring Hill property (120 acres) is transferred to Centennial Campus.
  • 2004 The College of Engineering begins its permanent move to Centennial.
  • 2005 Centennial's first residential units open.
  • 2007 The Biotechnology Training and Education Center opens.
  • 2009 Lonnie Poole Golf Course opens.
  • 2010 Keystone Science Center opens; construction begins on the James B. Hunt Jr. library.
  • 2013 Hunt Library opens.
  • 2014 North Shore townhouses open.
  • 2015 Alliance One building opens; North Shore townhouses expand.
  • 2017 Center for Technology and Innovation opens; Nonwovens Initiative reopens; StateView Hotel and Conference Center opens.
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