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Program Overview

186 students participated in Summer Start in 2023

96.7% of students are more excited to start their Fall/Spring semester

The total average summer GPA was a 3.4

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‚Äôs 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.

Through Summer Start, you can:

  • Live in the heart of campus
  • Connect with new students and student mentors
  • Engage with faculty in smaller classes
  • Explore academic and personal interests in a supportive environment

Summer Start courses 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.

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.

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

Summer Start is excited to partner with University Housing to offer summer on-campus housing to program participants to maximize their campus experience. The residential experience can provide you with a supportive environment that encourages a sense of community to promote studying, engagement, and well-being.

As part of the first-year live on requirement, First-year students are required to live on-campus for the summer, unless they complete an appeal with University Housing and you can learn more by visiting the Summer Start housing website.

Please refer to the following important dates related to Summer Start 2024. Some dates are to be announced and will be released soon. Check back for updates!

Mid-Late January Sign up form available
March 8Summer Start Housing Application Opens
April 15Summer course enrollment (completed by you in conjunction with your academic advisor)
May 6Deadline to sign up for Summer Start
Early-May Summer Financial Aid Packages Announced
May 23Summer Session II bills available in MyPack Portal
June 6Summer Session II bills due
June 18Student Athlete Move-In
June 19Move-In Day & Welcome Program
June 20 – 21First-Year Student Orientation
June 21Transfer Student Orientation
June 24First day of Summer Session II classes
July 4Independence Day observed (University closed; No classes)
July 26Last day of Summer Session II classes
July 29 – 30Summer Session II Final Exams
July 31Move-Out Day


“I enrolled in Summer Start because I wanted to form connections and get more comfortable on the NC State campus. I accomplished both of those things in the program”

“Summer Start has honestly given me the best head start for coming into college. I was
able to learn so much about my academic habits, how I interact with others, and my
personality through being in this program. I can truly say that I am confident and excited
about joining the Wolfpack Family this fall because of Summer”

“It was great to have a accountability buddy as well as someone to talk to if you had concerns. The Summer Start Mentors helped make sure I was able to get plugged in and on the right track to be successful at NC State.”