Advising & Course Registration

At NC State, course registration for Summer Start students can only be completed after consultation with an academic advisor from your college. Course registration is completed:

Transfer Students

By using the online MyPack Portal system and after speaking with your academic advisor. Click here for a listing of academic advisors for transfer students. Advising for Summer Start can occur at the same time as your conversation with your academic advisor about fall classes.

First-Year Students
By the Summer Start staff based upon the recommendations of your academic advisor AFTER you have completed the course preference information on the Summer Start Sign Up Form. 

This process only pertains to your course registration for Summer Session II (Summer Start). You will register for your fall semester courses at a later date in conjunction with your academic program.

The Summer Start Sign Up Form and any needed placement tests should be completed by early May 2019 in order to assist in the course registration process (Note: Placement tests do not apply to students in the Agricultural Institute). This timeline is earlier than the placement test deadline, so please plan accordingly.  You can determine which placement tests you need to complete by reviewing this page.

Once you have completed the needed course registration information, and the information has been reviewed by your academic advisor, the Summer Start staff will register you for your summer courses. You will receive confirmation of registration via email from Summer Start once this has been completed.

Sample Course Schedules

On your Summer Start application, you will indicate the classes you are interested in taking during Summer Session II.  Below you will find sample schedules for each college or program based on the course loads of Summer Start students in the past.

In some of the sample schedules below, you will see some general terms representing the types of classes you might take over the summer.  These include:

  • GEP Course: a class that fulfills a requirement for the General Education Program, NC State’s academic initiative aiming to provide students with diverse and dynamic learning opportunities.  GEP Courses include an assortment of classes and will vary depending on your major.
  • Math Course: a math course that will be recommended for you by your academic advisor based on your major and Math Placement Test score. Examples of courses students frequently take during Summer Start include: MA 111: Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry; MA 131: Calculus for Life and Management Sciences; or MA 141: Calculus I.
  • Science Course: a science course that will be recommended for you by your academic advisor based on your major and Chemistry Placement Test score. Science courses consist of time in a lecture setting as well as in a lab.  Examples of courses students frequently take during Summer Start include: BIO 181: Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; CH 101: Chemistry- A Molecular Science; CH 111: Preparatory Chemistry.
  • Health Exercise Studies Fitness Course: a physical education course that fulfills a portion of your GEP requirement for the Health and Exercise Studies category. Examples of courses students take during Summer Start include: HESF 101: Fitness and Wellness; HESF 104: Swim Conditioning; HESF 237: Weight Training; HESF 279: Yoga I.

Please keep in mind these serve as examples of course pairings you might take over the summer.  Your actual schedule may differ from these depending on placement test scores, transfer credits, and major selection.

Agricultural Institute

Course schedules for Agricultural Institute (AGI) students participating in Summer Start are designed to assist students in getting ahead in the completion of their degree.  Below you will find a sample schedule with courses taken by previous AGI students in Summer Start.

  • Sample Schedule: PO 201: Poultry Science and Production + PO 202: Poultry Science and Production Lab + SOC 203: Current Social Problems or COM 110: Public Speaking (7 credit hours)
College of Agriculture and Life Science

Examples of GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences include SSC 185: Land and Life or CS 224: Seeds, Biotechnology & Societies.

  • Sample Schedule 1: Science Course + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: Math Course + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
College of Design

GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the College of Design include USC 100: Transitioning to a Diverse Community or a Health Exercise Studies Fitness course.

  • Sample Schedule: Math Course + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
College of Education

The GEP Courses taken by students in the College of Education during Summer Session II will depend on students’ transfer credits, interests, and major.

  • Sample Schedule for First-Year Students: Math Course + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule for Transfer Students: Math Course + Education Course (6-7 credit hours)
College of Engineering

The sample schedules below also apply to students participating in the Summer Transition Program (STP), a summer academic enrichment program for incoming minority engineering first-year students.  Learn more about STP here.

Examples of GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the College of Engineering include COM 110: Public Speaking or GC 120: Foundations of Graphics.

  • Sample Schedule 1: Chemistry Course (includes a lecture and a lab) + USC 100: Transitioning to a Diverse Community + GEP Course (6-8 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: ENG 101: Academic Writing and Research + USC 100: Transitioning to a Diverse Community + GEP Course (6-8 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 3: Math Course +USC 100: Transitioning to a Diverse Community + GEP Course (5-8 credit hours)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The sample schedules for students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences include a combination of GEP courses, Health Exercise Studies Fitness courses, and courses pertaining to students’ majors.

Common GEP courses students in this college take include PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology, PHI 205: Introduction to Philosophy, or SOC 202: Principles of Sociology.

  • Sample Schedule 1: 2 GEP Courses (2-6 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: Health Exercise Studies Fitness course + 2 GEP Courses (3-7 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 3: 1 Major Course + GEP Course (4-6 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 4: Health Exercise Studies Fitness course + 1 Major Course + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
College of Natural Resources

Course enrollment in the College of Natural Resources will vary depending on the student’s major.

Examples of GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the College of Natural Resources include COM 110: Public Speaking; SOC 202: Principles of Sociology; or STS 214: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society.

  • Sample Schedule 1: Math Course + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: Science Course + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
College of Sciences

Examples of GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the College of Sciences include SOC 202: Principles of Sociology or USC 100: Transitioning to a Diverse Community.

  • Sample Schedule: Chemistry Course (includes a lecture and a lab) + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
Exploratory Studies

Examples of GEP Courses frequently taken by students in the University College include COM 110: Public Speaking, PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology, SOC 202: Principles of Sociology, a math course, or a science course.

  • Sample Schedule 1: ENG 101: Academic Writing and Research + Math Course (7-8 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: Natural Science GEP Course + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 3: Math Course + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
Life Sciences First Year Program

The Life Sciences First Year Program (LSFY) recommends that students take one course in biology, chemistry, or math.  Summer Start students in LSFY may also be interested in taking LSC 101: Critical and Creative Thinking in the Life Sciences and/or USC 101: Transitioning to a Diverse Community.

  • Sample Schedule 1: BIO 181 (4 credit hours) + LSC 101 (2 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: BIO 181 (4 credit hours) + USC 101 (1 credit hour)
  • Sample Schedule 3: Chemistry OR Math (3-4 credit hours) + LSC 101 (2 credit hours) + USC 101 (1 credit hour)

BIO 181: Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity is the first semester of introductory biology at NC State.  LSFY advisors can recommend courses based on placement scores in chemistry and math, AP credit, and how many total credit hours are desired.  If you have questions about the LSFY program, you can send them directly to lifesciencesfy@ncsu.edu.

Poole College of Management

An example of a GEP Course for students in the Poole College of Management is SOC 202: Principles of Sociology.

  • Sample Schedule 1: ENG 101: Academic Writing and Research or FLE 101: Academic Writing and Research (4 credit hours)
  • Sample Schedule 2: Psychology Course + GEP Course (6 credit hours)
wilson College of Textiles

Course selection for students in the Wilson College of Textiles vary depending on their major.  Below are a few examples of the types of schedules that students in different majors might take.

Examples of frequent GEP courses that Textiles students take include SOC 202: Principles of Sociology, SOC 203: Current Social Problems, or SOC 261: Technology in Society and Culture.

  • Textile Technology; Fashion and Textile Design; Fashion and Textile Management Majors Sample Schedule:
    • TT 105: Introduction to Textile Technology + GEP Course (4-6 credit hours)
  • Textile Engineering Major Sample Schedule:
    • MA 141: Calculus I + GEP Course (5-7 credit hours)
  • Polymer and Color Chemistry Major Sample Schedule:
    • MA 131: Calculus for Life and Management Sciences or MA 141: Calculus I + GEP Course (4-7 credit hours)
  • Textiles Undeclared: Courses will be selected based on the major students intend to pursue.