What It Means to Wear the Cord
Graduating seniors that make a gift of at least $20.20 to NC State are awarded a set of philanthropy cords to wear during commencement, recognizing their commitment to serving their peers and giving back to the Pack. These philanthropy cords show that you are deeply dedicated to making a difference and contributing to the enhancement of our extraordinary university.
You've been impacted by private giving.
Philanthropy makes a lasting impact on every area of campus. No matter your major or extracurricular activities, your time as part of the Pack was made possible by previous seniors’ gifts.
You choose what your gift supports.
You have the opportunity to make your mark to the area of the university most meaningful to you — such as your college, the Libraries, Arts NC State, study abroad, scholarships or anywhere else.
Tuition doesn't cover everything.
With tuition only covering about a third of the real cost of an undergraduate education, NC State counts on private support. These gifts help close the gap between what each student pays in tuition and fees, and the actual cost of an NC State education, which helps the university maintain its reputation as a best value.
Increase NC State's ranking in the U.S. News & World Report.
Did you know donor participation has an effect on the rankings for top universities? The more people who give back to NC State, the better it ranks and the more valuable your degree becomes.
Join the Senior Campaign
"The Senior Campaign is an opportunity for me to show my love for NC State. The campaign allows me to leave my mark on the university through my gift and for future students to have the same Wolfpack experience as I have. This is just the beginning of my life-long investment in the university that has made an extraordinary impact on me."
- Polly Davis '20, Senior Campaign Chair