Relaunch NC State website
A new version of NC State’s main website — ncsu.edu — will launch in early March. This is the first full-fledged redesign of ncsu.edu since 2013, and it aims to make it easier than ever for users to find content that interests them. (Behind the scenes, it’s now easier to curate and update that content, too.)
For internal users, the site offers clearer paths to the things you need as your day progresses. We’ve updated our pages for current students, faculty and staff, and parents and families, to focus on the tools and resources each group uses the most.
For external users, the new site offers more ways to learn about NC State and make a college decision, including six new “Discover” pages: Majors & Careers, Admissions & Aid, Campus Life, Spirit & Traditions, Athletics & Raleigh, NC
As of 2019, most colleges and many campus units have adopted the bespoke NC State Web Platform, which leverages the WordPress “Gutenberg” editor to simplify web content creation and management. The new ncsu.edu uses the same platform, with a few additional features.
Below, we’ll walk you through some of the redesign changes and show you where to find some of our most sought-after community resources.
The main menu of the site
The “hamburger” icon in the upper left corner opens the website main menu. This is where you will find links to the pages that live in ncsu.edu, grouped into three categories.
The six pages in the “Discover” category are designed to serve prospective students — who make up the bulk of traffic to our site — and other users outside of NC State.
Then you will find links to various thematic pages under the headings “About”, “Education”, “Innovation” and “Community”. These pages are designed to explain key aspects of the university to users off campus. (A handful of links here go directly to certain NC State subdomains outside of the main site, and these are marked with an external link icon.)
Finally, you’ll find links to the four audience pages tailored to existing Wolfpack members. This is where internal users can go to find the resources they use the most, according to our data.
If ncsu.edu doesn’t have what you need, the “NC State Resources” button at the bottom will take you to a list of many other destinations on the university’s web space.
The search menu
The magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner opens a combo window research and resources menu.
The links in this menu were chosen because they are very popular and very useful for internal and external users. It’s the fastest way to access the Academic Calendar, Campus Directory, MyPack Portal, NC State News, or University Libraries, among other common destinations.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for at a glance, you can enter a search query or use the “More Resources” button to browse a curated list of popular destinations in NC State.
(For now, this new utility bar is exclusive to the ncsu.edu domain. While it may still be added to other NC State websites, we want to make sure it has been thoroughly tested before to talk to site owners about a potential change.)
The home page
NC State’s front page is designed to share the good things we do – teaching, research, partnering, outreach – with the world. This includes current news, facts and rankings, Instagram posts, and a sampling of some of the events happening on campus. You can expect this content to change from week to week.
At the bottom of every ncsu.edu page, you’ll find essential university information — and additional ways to access the calendar, directory, MyPack portal, or university libraries.
This area also links to the NC State campus map and our social media channels.
All pages on the main NC State website are designed to work on any device and fit your viewing window. Although the menus on our site may look a little different on your phone or tablet, they work the same.
share your opinion
The new ncsu.edu was designed and developed by an internal team at University Communications and Marketing. We care about our users – the Wolfpack at large and those soon to join – and we welcome your feedback.
Let us know your thoughts at [email protected]