Programs and Opportunities

Before You Start

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.


While You are Here

New Student Job Fair

Like the idea and convenience of an on-campus job, but not sure where to start? This event brings together a variety of campus employers so that you can find the position that fits you best!


Common Reading Program – Ongoing Events

Continue to engage with the Common Reading Program 2017 selection, Between the World and Me, throughout the year with a variety of programs and events at the University. This Calendar of Events will be updated with details for new events as they are confirmed.


Pack Connections Groups

Entering a university alongside more than 4,000 new classmates can be overwhelming. Pack Connections groups are a new way for you to make NC State feel like home, meet more people, and get involved on campus in a smaller, tight-knit community! Each group led by an upper division students will meet once a week on campus for dinner during the fall semester and attend some of NC State’s and Raleigh’s signature events and traditions.

More information about participating for the 2017-2018 school year coming soon!

I am #NCState21

I am #NCState21 is a collaborative Instagram account showcasing the uniquely original NC State Class of 2021! This project serves to not only chronicle the first-year transition to the University, but to celebrate what makes NC State such an innovative and creative place to call … home.


Out-of-State Student Labor Day Excursion

If you are on campus during the Labor Day holiday weekend, join New Student Programs for a trip to Falls Lake State Park. The trip will include a 4-hour kayaking and paddle board tour, lunch, and an opportunity to get to know other new students.


First-Year Alternative Service Break Trip

Join New Student Programs and the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS) for an Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip to the North Carolina mountains! A team of new students will have the opportunity to engage in service around the environmental, economic, and sociopolitical issues surrounding Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC during Fall Break (October 5-8, 2017).


Multicultural Student Affairs Peer Mentor Program

The goal of the Peer Mentor Program is to aid in the academic, emotional, and socio-cultural adjustment of mentees to college life at North Carolina State University. The peer mentoring relationship is designed to foster a network of support for culturally diverse first year students (mentees). Mentors serve as peer support personnel for mentees and share program goals and responsibilities aimed at ensuring the retention of student participants.


First Year Inquiry Courses

The First Year Inquiry program offers incoming students small classes (under 20 students) that promote critical and creative thinking skills. The small size means lots of discussions and close student-student and student-Instructor communication. All instructors use active-learning pedagogies that promote student participation through inquiry-guided learning [not boring lectures!] Instructors also support and assist students in making the transition from high school to university-level thinking.


Dinner Discussions

Enjoy casual conversation around some of today’s most relevant issues, and share your thoughts at New Student Dinner Discussions. Dinner will be provided at no cost to participants. Each discussion will be guided by an NC State faculty member, and open to a small group of students.


First Finals

At the end of the fall semester, New Student Programs hosts First Finals to help students clear their heads and take a break before tests begin. Students can enjoy karaoke, crafts, and yummy treats with their fellow classmates!

Winter Welcome Week

Winter Welcome Week marks the beginning of the spring semester with a series of events that allow new and returning students to begin or continue building their community at NC State. Students will have the opportunity to explore campus involvement, build academic skills, and meet new people!