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 freshmen with the transition from high school to college 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.


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. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is NC State’s 2016 Common Reading Program selection.

An account of a novice lawyer’s entry into the criminal justice system, Just Mercy chronicles the case of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he did not commit. The case drew the author into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.


First Year Inquiry (FYI) in Prague

FYI in Prague, hosted at the NC State Prague Institute, 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.


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 2017 GLBT Symposium will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.


Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

The purpose of the Symposium is to maximize the academic success of incoming African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/Indigenous first-year students by providing information about opportunities that enhance your academic experience and knowledge of campus resources, multicultural faculty and staff, cultural heritage, networking, and other strategies for success. The Symposium fosters a sense of community and provides a foundation to ensure academic success on our college campus.

The 2017 Symposium for Multicultural Scholars will be held on Wednesday, August 9th – Friday, August 11th.


Wolfpack Bound

Wolfpack Bound, a program offered by University Recreation for incoming students, provides an outdoor adventure trip complement to the traditional NC State new student orientation.  By participating in a 5-day Wolfpack Bound trip, students will meet other incoming first-year students, create connections with faculty and staff, and learn outdoor skills in the natural beauty of North Carolina (either backpacking in the mountains or sea kayaking on the coast in the Outer Banks).

Students will be challenged both physically and mentally in a supportive environment, while developing leadership skills, and lasting relationships.  All trips are beginner-friendly and no outdoor experience is required!  Your registration fee covers transportation, food, equipment, and experienced leadership by University Recreation Outdoor Adventures staff.


Student Veteran Summit

The Student Veteran Summit is here to help student veterans and dependents connect with each other and the campus community while learning about the resources and opportunities that exist at NC State that contribute to your success as a student.

(Click here for more information and to register)

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 2021! Mark your calendar for #NCStateWWW on August 11-19, 2017, and visit the website for a comprehensive schedule.