Students Starting in Fall

Students starting in the fall

We are excited to welcome you and we look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals, starting right now! Start spending time thinking about majors and careers – you’ll find a lot of good information right here on this website. Communicate your plans for school, work, volunteering, and travel with us, and keep your advisor up to date throughout the summer. Check the expectations below to keep yourself on track.

What to Expect


Prior to New Student Orientation

  • Complete the Exploratory Studies Self-Registration Training in Moodle and take placement tests by June 1. Your hold will be lifted for registration June 1.
  • Students and Parents or Families should Register for New Student Orientation.
  • Send any additional AP, IB test results and transcripts to: NC State Admissions, Campus Box 7103, NC State, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103.
  • Refer all questions about roommates and Exploratory Studies Village to University Housing.
  • Refer all questions about parking to University Transportation.
  • Refer all questions about immunizations, health insurance, and prescription issues to Student Health Center.
  • Review information about our linked courses.
  • Register for classes for Fall beginning in June.

During New Student Orientation

  • Update your advisor with any new scores or AP or IB credits you have earned as well as any additional college coursework you have completed.
  • Work with your advisor to discuss your placement scores, majors of interest, and review your schedule the fall schedule.

After New Student Orientation

  • Contact your advisor if you have any questions about your fall schedule.
  • Check your NC State email often.
  • Stay informed by following us on Twitter.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I register for courses prior to attending orientation?
    Yes. Complete the Exploratory Studies Self-Registration Training by June 1 and register for classes beginning June 1.
  • What should I do prior to attending orientation?
    Complete the Exploratory Studies Self-Registration training in Moodle, take the placement exams, check out New Student Program’s New Student Checklist, and visit the Exploratory Studies website for Newly Admitted Students for information.
  • Should I still take the NC State math placement test if I took the AP calculus exam?
    Yes. If the AP score is not received by orientation the NC State ALEKS math 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 AP/IB scores and college transcripts be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To understand what AP/IB tests and scores will earn credit at NC State, check out this resource. To know which courses taken at another institution will earn credit at NC State, go to the Undergraduate Admissions transferable credit page.
  • What if I have AP or IB scores but they are not back by New Student Orientation?
    No worries. Indicate this in the PreNSO Survey and tell your advisor which AP and IB tests you have taken when you meet during the NSO 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 the beginning of June and this information can be found in your MyPack portal.