Program Overview


Summer Start is a unique opportunity for first year and transfer students (including international students) to jump start their NC State undergraduate experience. Through this residential opportunity, occurring during NC State’s summer session II, you will enroll in classes towards your degree, get to know campus and 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.

Academic Initiatives

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 an 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 here.

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.

Living & Learning

A unique aspect of Summer Start is the opportunity to get to know the campus and local community through a variety of co-curricular programs. These programs offers students a small and supportive community to make crucial relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow new students while gaining a head start on building your support network with people who have a special interest in helping you succeed.

Through partnerships with campus offices, you will have various workshops, programs, and events at your fingertips to learn more about your academic and personal interests. With programs happening seven-days a week throughout the five-week program, there is always something to do!

As a part of Summer Start, you have access to a Summer Start Mentor (your own personal guide in ensuring a smooth transition), Residence Advisers (RAs), and Graduate Assistants (GAs) who are available 24-hours a day to assist new students as they find their way on NC State’s campus. The residential experience provides you with a supportive environment that encourages a sense of community to promote studying, engagement, and well-being.

To learn more about University Housing during Summer Start (including NC State’s First Year Live On Requirement), please click here.

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 and the campus! 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:

  • Get to know campus in a less stressful environment
  • 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.

Summer START Video (Pics) 024Click the picture above to hear Ranin’s experience as well as other past students.