Pre-Semester Programs

Before your official first day of classes, NC State offers a wide variety of programs to help you get a jump start on your transition to college. Events and activities planned by New Student Programs and a number of other campus departments will help you create a foundation of success for your first year and beyond. Explore these opportunities that take place throughout June, July, and August before fall semester classes start each year, and email if you have any questions.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation, a program that is required for all first-year students, will help you prepare for your transition into college life as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead—intellectually, emotionally, academically, and socially.


Summer Start

Summer Start assists new first-year and transfer students with the transition to NC State through five weeks of college courses and campus involvement during Summer Session II. Summer Start works closely with each college to ensure students will be enrolled in academic courses towards their specific major to get them on the accelerated path to graduation. In addition to up to eight credit hours of university coursework, many optional social, academic, leadership, and service programs are planned throughout the week and on weekends. Summer Start will provide a strong introduction to the culture of NC State and a jump start on your academic degree requirements. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get ahead with a smaller community of your peers.

The 2019 Summer Start program will take place June 19 – July 31, 2019.


Common Reading Program 

The NC State Common Reading initiative strives to create a common educational and interactive experience for incoming undergraduate students, introducing them to the University’s institutional and academic values and expectations. The 2019 Common Reading Program selection will be announced soon.


First Year Inquiry (FYI) in Prague

FYI in Prague, hosted at the NC State European Center in Prague, is a 2 week program that merges the high impact experiences of a first year inquiry course and study abroad. Students earn 3 GEP credits that count towards their degree before the start of their first semester on campus. Students will be immersed in inquiry-guided learning, utilizing the historic and beautiful city of Prague as their classroom.

The 2019 FYI in Prague program will take place August 2 – 16, 2019.


GLBT Symposium

The GLBT Symposium is a half-day welcome and community-building experience designed to provide incoming students with information about the GLBT Center, annual events, and ways to get involved. Students will learn about GLBT student organizations on campus, opportunities to volunteer through the GLBT Center, and GLBT resources in the local community. Incoming students will get a chance to connect with each other and hear from returning students about what it’s like to be GLBT at NC State. This annual event is a great way for students to make new friends, enjoy free food, and have some fun. Lunch will be provided.

The 2019 GLBT Symposium will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM in the Piedmont Mountains Ballroom of the Talley Student Union. Lunch will be provided for all participants. If you are interested in attending the 2019 GLBT Symposium, please complete this online registration form.


Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

The Symposium for Multicultural Scholars is a summer educational and transitional experience for students from historically underserved populations. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year and transfer students and provide them with information about campus support, personnel, and resources as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social, and emotional success at NC State.

The 2019 Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will be held on Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16. To learn more about the Symposium and registration information, visit


Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound

Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound are outdoor adventure trips for incoming new students offered by Wellness and Recreation. Transportation, gear and food are all included in the trip registration fee. No previous outdoor experience is necessary. NC State staff and student leaders will teach you all you need to know.

Wolf Camp is a three-day trip where you will:

  • Meet 50 other new students and experienced student leaders.
  • Climb up the NC State challenge course and then soar off the course zipline.
  • Head to Falls Lake State Recreation Area as a group.
  • Camp, make s’mores around the campfire, play games while getting to know other new students.
  • Pick from different activities like kayaking, canoeing, biking, and hiking.

2019 Wolf Camp dates: TBD

Wolfpack Bound is a five-day trip with a smaller group where you will:

  • Travel to Hammocks Beach State Park on the North Carolina coast.
  • After a sea kayaking lesson, kayak across to Bear Island. Don’t worry, there aren’t bears on the island.
  • Relax on the beach and get to know other students while getting valuable information on what college will be like.
  • Kayak to surrounding islands, enjoy campfires and stargazing (including s’mores).

2019 Wolfpack Bound dates: TBD

  • For University Scholars, you can register for a special Wolfpack Bound backpacking trip

(Website coming soon)

Wolfpack Welcome Week

Wolfpack Welcome Week marks the beginning of every fall semester with a series of events that allow new students to start building their community at NC State. Students will have the opportunity to explore campus involvement, get acclimated to academic life at NC State, and meet lots of other members of the Class of 2023! Mark your calendar for #NCStateWWW on August 16-24, 2019, and visit the website to get an idea of last year’s schedule.