Summer Start for Spring Connect Students

Congratulations on being invited to be a part of NC State’s 2021 Spring Connect cohort!  As a Spring Connect student, you have the opportunity to participate in some of NC State’s programs before enrolling as a full-time student in January 2021.  This includes Summer Start, a six-week program that allows students to complete up to eight (8) credit hours and supports you as you transition to the academic, social, and co-curricular environment of NC State. 

As a part of Summer Start, you have access to a Summer Start Mentor (your own personal guide in ensuring a smooth transition) to assist new students as they find their way as part of the NC State community. This experience provides you with a supportive environment that encourages a sense of community to promote studying, engagement, and well-being.

Summer Start is a unique opportunity for you to jump start your NC State undergraduate experience by:

  • CONNECTING with new students and student mentors
  • EARNING up to eight credit hours in summer session II classes
  • ENGAGING with faculty in smaller classes
  • EXPLORING academic and personal interests in a supportive environment

Summer Start takes place from June 17 – July 29, 2020!

Use the drop-down menus below to learn more about Summer Start.

Financial Aid

As a Spring Connect student, you will be officially enrolling full-time at the university in January 2021, so when you take classes on campus during Summer Start, you will be classified as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student during the Summer II 2020 semester. Due to the NDS status, participants are not eligible for State or Federal financial aid or NC State scholarships. Note: Spring Connect students may be eligible for financial aid during the academic year (fall and spring). To learn more, visit the New Student Checklist.

To learn more about the expenses and projected program costs, visit the Summer Start website.  Also, you can find more information about the policies for NDS students here.

academic Advising & Course Registration

Summer Start 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 you begin on campus in January.  You can view the advising and registration process, as well as sample schedules showing courses students in each college frequently take during Summer Start, here.  As a Spring Connect student, you will be following the Summer Start advising and registration process for first-year students to enroll in summer classes.

New Student Orientation

Due to Spring Connect students taking summer classes and starting as degree seeking students in spring 2020, Spring Connect will attend two Orientation sessions to help them navigate campus, learn about available resources, meet other incoming students (including other Spring Connect students), and prepare for summer and spring classes. Spring Connect students participating in Summer Start will attend the Summer Start Orientation session on June 18-19, 2020 and will also attend the mandatory Spring Orientation program for new first-year students that will take place on TBD  to fulfill their New Student Orientation requirement.

For more information on the Summer Start Orientation session, please click here. Note: In May 2020, you will be emailed with directions on registering any family members or guests who may be attending with you. You do not need to take action on registering for New Student and Family Orientation prior to receiving this email. Students will be charged the First-Year Student Fee in spring 2021 and will not be billed twice by NC State for this fee.

Parents and family members are also invited to attend both sessions with their student.  Additional information about Spring Orientation will be available here beginning in fall 2020. 

Important Program Dates

Please refer to the following important dates related to Summer Start 2020.

  • Deadline to Sign Up: Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Program Dates: June 17 – July 29, 2020
  • Welcome Program: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
  • New Student & Family Orientation Session: Thursday, June 18 – Friday, June 19, 2020
  • Summer Classes Begin: Monday, June 22, 2020
  • Summer Final Exams: July 27 – July 28, 2020