First basketball scholarship awarded to an African-American
Al Heartley becomes the first African-American to be awarded a basketball scholarship at NC State. He later became the first African-American captain of the team (1970-1971), and the first African-American to win the Alumni Athletics trophy (1971).
Increased library funding
The North Carolina General Assembly makes an appropriation for funding of libraries at the sixteen senior public institutions of higher education in the state. NC State receives an increase of $723,915, resulting in a budget of $1,313,833 for fiscal year 1970-1971. The budget for books, periodicals, and binding increases to $624,123.