The mission of Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) is to enhance decision making at NC State. This mission is accomplished through OIRP’s primary functions: planning, institutional research, survey research, and evaluation and assessment.

Through planning, we help the university and its constituent parts articulate broad strategies that address critical challenges and take advantage of opportunities, so that decisions are consistent with an overall vision.

Through institutional research, we provide information and analysis, so that decisions are based on facts.

Through evaluation and assessment -- including surveys gathering the opinions and experiences of our campus community -- we help the university reflect on and demonstrate the effectiveness of its initiatives, programs, and services, so that decisions reflect what really works.


In our annual survey of incoming freshmen, new students reported that NC State's academic reputation is very influential in the decision to attend NC State. Although more than two-thirds of respondents applied to three or more colleges including NC State, a majority of students said that NC State was their first or only choice among colleges to attend. Academic reputation was most frequently reported as the single most influential factor in the decision to attend NC State, followed by level of support for intended major, and availability of academic program.

Source: 2012 Incoming Freshmen SurveyThis link will open in a new window