Summer Start is a unique opportunity for first year and transfer students (including international students and Spring Connect students) to jump start their NC State undergraduate experience. Through this experience occurring during NC State’s summer session II, you will enroll in classes towards your degree, get to know faculty, and meet other incoming and upper-level students, all before your first fall semester.
Scroll through the information below to learn about all aspects of Summer Start.
This is a great way to adapt to the rigors of college academics, gain experience in college-level courses and start on the path towards graduation, all before the fall semester begins in August.
Summer Start courses typically offer smaller class sizes, are taught by faculty with a special interest in students transitioning to NC State, and provide easier accessibility to academic and tutorial support. These courses also provide you with an opportunity to develop closer relationships with faculty and staff in a more intimate setting.
You may enroll in up to 8 credit hours with courses selected through careful planning with advisors in your academic college. Placement test scores, transfer credits, AP exam credits, SAT scores, your personal preference and other academic information will be taken into consideration by advisors when making recommendations for your courses.
Note: You should take the Math Placement Test and Chemistry Placement Exams as soon as possible to receive appropriate summer course recommendations. Information about the placement tests can be found by visiting the Placement test website.
One great course option to consider when speaking with your advisor is USC 100: Transition to a Diverse Community. This one-credit hour course is aimed specifically towards assisting students prepare for life on campus, including the development of personal and academic skills needed for success as a NC State student.
Note for International Students: Upon acceptance to Summer Start, international students will be enrolled in courses to help facilitate the transition to the American higher education system. International students will take their required English course as well as an additional course recommended by their college.
Information Specific to Transfer Students
Transfer students are welcome to experience NC State classes in a smaller, less stressful environment while connecting with fellow students! There are many benefits to participating in Summer Start as a transfer students and it is a great opportunity to jump start your career at NC State.
By participating in Summer Start, you will:
- Experience NC State classes and earn credits towards your degree
- Network and connect with other new students
- Form relationships with faculty and staff well before your first fall semester
- Receive guidance and support from a Summer Start Mentor
We will work closely with you and your academic advisor to determine the most appropriate recommendations. Spots may be limited due to available classes that best fit your academic needs. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the Pack Family!
Information Specific to International Students
Summer Start has been host to students from more than 15 countries across the world and is a great opportunity for international students to acclimate not only to NC State University but the Raleigh/Durham area. Not only will students get to know other international and domestic students, they will also receive support from a Summer Start Mentor who can help them adjust to life in the United States.
Upon acceptance to Summer Start, NC State will work to update visa documents to allow for students to participate in the program and students will be enrolled in courses to help facilitate the transition to the American higher education system. International students will take their required English course as well as an additional course recommended by their college.