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To guide students through a structured process for transition to the university and selection of a major. Our program prepares students to gain the foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become self-reliant and productive citizens of an increasingly diverse community.


University Advising and Exploratory Studies has its roots in several ground-breaking programs from the 1980s for first-year and undecided students.  In 1995, these programs were consolidated into the First Year College (FYC). The program was unique at NC State, and very different from most first-year efforts around the country.  FYC was designed especially for undecided students, to give them a year to explore majors, learn how to succeed in college, and discover more about themselves. Each year, students complete a small, two-semester orientation course taught by their academic adviser – someone who sees them as students and as people, and who cares about their development and their success.  This model is the core of Exploratory Studies, the foundation that has allowed it to grow and evolve, and to become an important part of NC State University. In 2015 FYC became Exploratory Studies when it became part of University College. Partnerships with other NC State colleges developed into the Intracollege Transfer (ICT) program, for students at NC State redeciding on their majors.  Leadership and collaboration in advisor training and professional development has led to the creation of the Advisor Development Institute, the Advisor Roundtables, and other programs and resources for advisors at NC State. These programs became part of the newly named University Advising and Exploratory Studies department in 2018. Most recently, AAPS became the home for the transfer student coordinator and the international student support coordinator.  



AAPS is comprised of Exploratory Studies, Intracampus Transfer (ICT), and Advisor Training and Resources, and houses the coordinators for Transfer Student and International Student Support.  Our advisors teach USC 101, 102, and 298, advise students in Exploratory Studies and ICT, and serve as walk-in advisors for all undergraduates who are redeciding about their majors. The Virtual Advisor answers questions online, and Advisor Training and Resources offers NC State advisors online and in person assistance with the Advisors Toolkit, the Advisors Development Institute, and Advising Roundtables.

Recognition and Accomplishments

Exploratory Studies Matriculations Trends:

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019  
7.3% 7.2% 9.3% 8.6% 9.5% 7.1% College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.5% 1.75% College of Design
1.1% 2.0% 2.5% 4.8% 4.3% 3.96% College of Education
16.5% 18.2% 14.6% 20.9% 15.3% 12.24% College of Engineering
24.5% 25.0% 28.5% 24.1% 24.7% 24.71% College of Humanities & Social Sciences
9.9% 9.6% 11.1% 8.5% 9.1% 8.62% College of Natural Resources
12.1% 10.0% 8.3% 10.4% 8.6% 11.77% College of Sciences
8.7% 6.6% 5.4% 4.5% 4.1% 2.68% Wilson College of Textiles
19.9% 21.4% 20.4% 17.9% 23.8% 27.16% Poole College of Management


Recent Staff Recognitions and Nominations

  • Dr. Andrea Atkin, Barbara Soloman Advising Award 2019 (recipient)
  • Dr. Brian Peters, Barbara Soloman Advising Award 2019 (nominee)
  • University College Teaching Award 2019 Nominees: Kimberly Cole & Gina Riccobono
  • Pride of the Wolfpack Award Winners 2019: Susannah Lawrence & John Resnick-Kahle


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Director or Department Head

Dr. Brian Peters, Associate Director, University Advising Partnerships & Services

Kimberly Cole, Associate Director, First Year Advising Services

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