Pre-Semester Programs

Before your official first day of classes, NC State offers a wide variety of programs to help you get a jump start on your transition to the university. Events and activities planned by New Student Programs and a number of other campus departments will help you create a foundation of success for your first semester and beyond. Explore these opportunities that take place throughout June, July, and August before fall semester classes start each year, and email if you have any questions.

New Student Orientation

Transfer Orientation is focused on providing you support services and resources to help you be successful in your first year at NC State. Current transfer students will be on-hand to provide personal insight into what it means to transfer into NC State and students will have the opportunity to begin building their own networks with other incoming transfer students and begin to learn your way around campus.


Summer Start

Summer Start assists new first-year and transfer students with the transition to NC State through five weeks of college courses and campus involvement during Summer Session II. Summer Start works closely with each college to ensure students will be enrolled in academic courses towards their specific major to get them on the accelerated path to graduation. In addition to up to eight credit hours of university coursework, many optional social, academic, leadership, and service programs are planned throughout the week and on weekends. Summer Start will provide a strong introduction to the culture of NC State and a jump start on your academic degree requirements. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get ahead with a smaller community of your peers.

The 2018 Summer Start program will take place June 20 – August 1, 2018.


GLBT Symposium

The GLBT Symposium is a half-day welcome and community-building experience designed to provide incoming students with information about the GLBT Center, annual events, and ways to get involved. Students will learn about GLBT student organizations on campus, opportunities to volunteer through the GLBT Center, and GLBT resources in the local community. Incoming students will get a chance to connect with each other and hear from returning students about what it’s like to be GLBT at NC State. This annual event is a great way for students to make new friends, enjoy free food, and have some fun. Lunch will be provided.

The 2018 GLBT Symposium will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM in the Piedmont Mountains Ballroom of the Talley Student Union. Lunch will be provided for all participants. If you are interested in attending the 2018 GLBT Symposium, please complete this online registration form.


Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound


Wolf Camp and Wolfpack Bound are outdoor adventure trips for incoming new students offered by Wellness and Recreation. Transportation, gear and food are all included in the trip registration fee. No previous outdoor experience is necessary. NC State staff and student leaders will teach you all you need to know.

Wolf Camp is a three-day trip where you will:

  • Meet 50 other new students and experienced student leaders.
  • Climb up the NC State challenge course and then soar off the course zipline.
  • Head to Falls Lake State Recreation Area as a group.
  • Camp, make s’mores around the campfire, play games while getting to know other new students.
  • Pick from different activities like kayaking, canoeing, biking, and hiking.

2018 Wolf Camp dates: Tuesday, July 17 – Thursday, July 19


Wolfpack Bound is a five-day trip with a smaller group where you will:

  • Travel to Hammocks Beach State Park on the North Carolina coast.
  • After a sea kayaking lesson, kayak across to Bear Island. Don’t worry, there aren’t bears on the island.
  • Relax on the beach and get to know other students while getting valuable information on what college will be like.
  • Kayak to surrounding islands, enjoy campfires and stargazing (including s’mores).

2018 Wolfpack Bound dates: Sunday, July 22 – Thursday, July 26

  • For University Scholars, you can register for a special Wolfpack Bound backpacking trip


Student Veteran Summit

The Student Veteran Summit is here to help student veterans and dependents connect with each other and the campus community while learning about the resources and opportunities that exist at NC State that contribute to your success as a student.

2018 date and registration information coming soon. 

Transfer, Think & Do

Sunday, August 20, 2018 | 9:30pm-12:30pm

After Orientation, continue to learn about opportunities for involvement and engagement at this workshop specifically for transfer students. During this half-day workshop you will have the chance to meet new #NCStateTransfers, tour the Belltower, and learn more about involvement through small group consultations. Students must register to participate


Wolfpack Welcome Week

Wolfpack Welcome Week marks the beginning of every fall semester with a series of events that allow new students to start building their community at NC State. You will have the opportunity to explore campus involvement, get acclimated to academic life at NC State, and meet lots of other transfer and current students! Mark your calendar for #NCStateWWW on August 11-19, 2017, and visit the website for a comprehensive schedule.

Be sure to check out the Wolfpack Welcome Week schedule for more information!