Summer Start

Summer Start students playing volleyball

Summer Start is a residential program designed to assist new first-year and transfer students with the transition to our campus through five weeks of NC State courses and involvement opportunities.  Students will be enrolled in up to eight credit hours of major-specific courses and will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities related to academic, social, recreational, or personal interests. Opportunities provided to Summer Start students include local trips to museums and parks, learning about campus traditions, time management and success workshops, and weekly cookouts.

This is a great chance to get a head start on your classes, develop relationships with faculty and other new students, and learn more about your college in a tight-knit community. Summer Start is also a unique opportunity to explore your personal and academic interests before the fall semester begins.

Summer Start takes place during the second summer session. The application closes in early-May; however, spots are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Financial aid may be available to assist with tuition, dining, and/or housing expenses and is awarded based on information submitted on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Visit the Summer Start Website

What to Expect

Prior to NSO

  • Take placement tests and the Exploratory Studies survey, then work with your assigned academic advisor to choose courses for Summer Session II.
  • Register for orientation (NSO). Parents or family members may also register for NSO and can meet with representatives from various offices of interest while you are busy during the NSO programs.
  • Send any additional AP, IB test results, other placement credit information, and transcripts to NC State Admissions, Campus Box 7103, NC State, Raleigh, NC 27695-7103.
  • Read your WOLFPAW account and refer to it for all questions about University Housing, roommates, meal plans, parking, orientation, required health insurance, the Student Health Center, immunization and prescription issues.
  • Review information about our linked courses.

During NSO

  • 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 and potential majors and then select courses to build a schedule for the upcoming semester

After NSO

  • You will meet with your advisor in-person within the first two weeks of Summer Session II to check in on how your class(es) are going, additional resources, etc.
  • Update your advisor with any new scores or AP or IB credits you have earned and any other college coursework you have completed, and any changes in thoughts about majors.
  • Order or purchase your textbooks.
  • Ask any questions about summer courses before beginning your first day of class.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I use financial aid for Summer Session II?
    • It depends. Students admitted to begin in the Fall are able to use financial aid for Summer Start. Students admitted to begin in the Spring (Spring Connection) are not able to use financial aid for Summer Start.
  • Q: Do I have to live on campus if I participate in Summer Start?
    • Yes, unless you meet one of University Housing’s exemptions.
  • Q: Do I have to have a meal plan if I participate in Summer Start?
    • Yes.
  • Q: May I have a car on campus this summer?
    • Yes, students may have a car on campus during Summer Start.  They will need to purchase a parking permit through NC State Transportation. We encourage Summer Start students to purchase these permits closer to move-in day, around mid-June. Please note that purchasing a summer permit does not guarantee that the student will be able to purchase a fall permit, as there are minimal permits available for first-year students.
  • Q: If I have been accepted as a Spring Connection student, can I still attend Summer Start?
    • Yes.
  • Q: How many hours can I take in Summer Session II?
    • Eight hours is the maximum. However, you need to work with your advisor to choose what is appropriate for you.
  • Q: What does a typical Summer Session II schedule look like?
    • Sample schedule 1: math course + GEP course (4-7 credit hours)
    • Sample schedule 2: natural science GEP course + other GEP course (5-7 credit hours)
    • Sample schedule 3:  English 101: Academic Writing and Research + math course (7-8 credit hours)