Students Starting in Fall

Students starting in the fall

What to Expect

Prior to NSO

It is important that you complete the pre-NSO advising survey sent to you via email and appropriate placement tests before coming to New Student Orientation (NSO). The survey asks you about majors you may be considering, and information on AP or other credits you have earned or have in progress.

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Math and chemistry placement tests are available online and must be completed prior to attending NSO.

We recommend that all students take the online NC State math placement test, even if you are currently in AP calculus. You cannot register in a math class unless we have placement information (AP scores, SAT II Subject Test, transfer credits, or a score on the NC State online math placement test). AP scores may not arrive prior to NSO, so by having your NC State Math Placement test score, you can still register in a math course during NSO. Once your AP scores are posted, you can, with the guidance of your advisor, adjust your schedule.

If you are interested in a science, technology, engineering, or pre-health field, you should also complete the NC State online chemistry placement exam prior to NSO.

For detailed information, visit the New Student Orientation website.

Be sure to review all of the information on the NSO website, including the new student checklist.

During NSO

  • Learn about the NC State community and Exploratory Studies
  • Meet students, faculty, and staff
  • Work with your advisor to prepare your schedule for the fall semester

Our advisors are cross-curricular advisors, meaning that they have expertise in advising across all of NC State’s majors. On the afternoon of your first NSO day, you will meet with an advisor to begin developing your schedule. In addition to majors of interest, your advisor will recommend courses based on your placement information.

During NSO, you will have the opportunity to take a foreign language placement exam. Your advisor will help you determine whether this is recommended, based on your possible majors of interest.

On day two of NSO, you will learn how to use the course registration system and then our advisors will assist you in the registration lab.

After NSO

  • If you have any questions about your schedule contact your advisor
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I register for courses prior to attending orientation?
    • No. You may know students in other colleges at NC State who are registering for fall classes online, prior to attending NSO. This makes sense if students have a fairly prescribed set of courses, as set by their college. Since our students are exploring a wide range of possible majors, there is not a prescribed set of recommended courses; rather, advisors help each student select appropriate courses given their interests. Our goal is to help you fulfill graduation requirements as you explore the possibilities at NC State.
  • What should I do prior to attending orientation?
    • Be sure to take the pre-NSO survey sent to you from Exploratory Studies, take placement exams, check out New Student Program’s New Student Checklist, and visit the Exploratory Studies website admitted students for information.
  • Should I still take the NC State math placement test if I took the AP calculus exam?
    • Taking the placement exams will not hurt you. NC State uses the highest scores for placement. If the AP score is not received by orientation the placement score can be used as a math placement. If the AP score is higher than the math placement when you get it, you will be allowed to make adjustments to select a different math course.
  • I have earned college credit from AP/IB tests and/or courses taken at another institution. How does this appear at NC State?
    • To be sure your coursework appears on your NC State transcript, we require that you request official transcripts of AP scores and that college transcripts should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To understand what AP tests and scores will earn credit at NC State, check out this resource. To know which courses are taken at another institution will earn credit at NC State, visit the Undergraduate Admissions transfer student page-transferable credits.
  • What if I have AP scores but they are not back by New Student Orientation?
    • No worries. You can just share the AP test(s) that you have taken with your advisor during the advising session. Your advisor will consider that information and advise you accordingly.
  • When will I find out who my advisor is?
    • Advisors are assigned in mid-June. They may reach out to you prior to orientation to remind you to complete the math and chemistry placement tests, but otherwise, most students will have their first interactions with their advisor at orientation.