The email said the incident happened around 1:15 a.m. along Western Boulevard, in front of the Naval Reserve Center.
Following the robbery, the male suspect ran away toward campus, according to the victim. She was not hurt.
Campus police said the woman didn't call Raleigh Police to report the incident until after 3 a.m.
The suspect was a man between the ages of 30 to 40-years-old with a light complexion. He was described as being bald with no facial hair and standing between 6 feet to 6 foot 2 inches tall.
He was last seen wearing a dark-colored zipped hoodie with a white T-shirt underneath, faded jeans and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact NC State University Campus Police at (919) 515-3000 or the Raleigh Police Department (919) 829-1911.