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For Students

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah is NC State’s 2019 Common Reading Program selection!

Each year, a committee of students, faculty, staff and parents selects a Common Reading to provide a shared experience to the campus community and incoming first-year class. You are required or strongly encouraged to read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood based upon their academic college or program.

You can expect to receive your copy of Born a Crime at New Student Orientation and can learn more about requirements by clicking on the College Requirements link to the left.

A Reading Guide for Students, created by the Common Reading Selection Committee, is available to assist you in processing Born a Crime, with questions to consider and opportunities for reflection as you read.

We hope Born a Crime will challenge you to see your experiences and views through different lenses and we hope you plan on joining us at New Student Convocation on Monday, August 19 at Reynolds Coliseum to hear more about the text and how it relates to your first year experience.


  • READ Born a Crime before returning in August
  • SHARE your experience with the book through Twitter and Instagram with #OnePackOneBook
  • JOIN the Class of 2023 at Convocation on Monday, August 19
  • PARTICIPATE in book related events (check out the Calendar of Events for events in the fall!)
  • APPLY for a Common Reading Mini-Grant to connect to the book and impact your community (available in June 2019).
Require an accessible version of the book?

If you are an incoming student requiring an accessible version of Born a Crime, you should register with the Disability Resource Office who can provide you with instructions on obtaining an accessible version. For assistance with any questions regarding accommodations, please contact Disability Resource Office at or 919.515.7653.