First-Year Pre-Semester Programs

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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 new-students@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

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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.

Dates: Sessions throughout June – August 2020

Orientation Website
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Summer Start

Summer Start helps new students transition to NC State through five weeks of college courses and campus involvement during Summer Session II. In addition to up to eight credit hours of coursework, many optional social, academic, leadership, and service programs are offered. Summer Start will provide a strong introduction to the culture of NC State and a jump start on your academic degree requirements with a smaller community of your peers.

Dates: June 17 – July 29, 2020

Summer Start Website
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First Year Inquiry (FYI) Abroad

The FYI Abroad programs are 2-week programs that merge 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, led by NC State faculty, utilizing the historic and beautiful cities of their program location, Prague or Buenos Aires, as their classroom. Students are advised to select their program based on academic interest. Tentative dates for both programs will be August 1-14, 2020.

FYI in Prague is hosted at the NC State European Center in Prague, NC State’s only permanent year-round international facility.

FYI in Buenos Aires is hosted by our partner institution, the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tentative Dates: August 1-14, 2020

FYI Abroad Website
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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.

Date: TBD

GLBT Symposium Website
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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.

Date: August 11-14, 2020

Symposium for Multicultural Scholars Website
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Wolfpack Bound and Wolf Camp

Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound are outdoor adventure programs, offered by Wellness and Recreation, for incoming students. Both trips are beginner-friendly and no outdoor experience is required!  Your registration fee covers transportation, food, equipment, and experienced leadership by Wellness and Recreation Outdoor Adventures staff.

Wolf Camp is a three-day trip with 50 other new students at the NC State challenge course and zipline. Other activities include kayaking, biking, and hiking.
Dates: August 5 – 7, 2020

Wolfpack Bound is a five-day trip with 11 new students venturing to the Appalachian Mountains for a beginner-friendly backpacking and rock climbing trip. 
Dates: July 12-16, 2020

Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound Website
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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 2024! Mark your calendar for #NCStateWWW and visit the website to get an idea of last year’s schedule.

Dates: August 14-22, 2020

WWW Website
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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 selection was Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

Common Reading Website