Changing Majors and ICT Program

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Changing Majors

We know that not all students will thrive or be satisfied in their major throughout their time at NC State University.

Some programs on campus such as University College Exploratory Studies, Life-Science First Year, Engineering First Year, etc. require their students to apply to their major through the online Change of Degree Application process. For students not making progress toward a realistic major, a Matriculation Plan (PDF) was created by Advisors in the University College Exploratory Studies program to monitor a student’s path forward. It requires a student to consider a first choice major and an alternate plan. This form reminds the student of important policies such as tuition surcharge and satisfactory academic progress.

If, during one of your advising appointments, one of your advisees expresses interest in pursuing another major, direct them to the Explore Majors and Minors website. This is a great place to get started with what majors and minors exist at NC State, as well as a plethora of information and resources about each major.

Academic Advising Programs and Services

For students who are sure they want to change their major, please refer them to Walk-In Advising through Academic Advising Programs and Services. Walk-In Advising is in Holmes Hall (second floor) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Students are encouraged to come prepared and follow the checklist below.

  • Look at Explore Majors and Minors to see your options and review requirements to change majors on the Change of Degree Application-CODA site.
  • In MyPack Portal, go to the degree audit entry screen and run a “what if” audit to see how your credits “fit” in another major. You can save up to three intended majors and three intended minors.
  • On the degree audit entry screen, click on Check CODA Requirements.  You can see if you meet the minimum and preferred requirements for the major under consideration.  There may be courses you need to take before submitting a CODA application.
  • Write your questions and bring them with you to make the most of your advising meeting.  If the meeting is about registration for an upcoming term, make a list of courses you are thinking about taking.

One of your advisees may come through Walk-In Advising to have their term advisement hold lifted. In this case, the academic advisor in Academic Advising Services will send an email to the student’s advisor of record.


Inter-College Transfer (ICT) Program

During a Walk-In Advising Appointment in Academic Advising Programs and Services, an Academic Advisor may refer a student to the Inter-College Transfer Program, commonly known as the ICT program. If students are 100% sure they no longer want to be in their current major, they can be reassigned to work with an Academic Advisor in Academic Advising Programs and Services through the ICT program. They will work with their new Advisor until they successfully matriculate into a new major.

Students interested in the ICT program are required to have an intake meeting. Once assigned to a new Academic Advisor, they are given the opportunity to take the Strong Interest Inventory, which their Advisor is trained to interpret.

Change of Degree Application (CODA)

The process to change a major or add another major at North Carolina State University is called Change of Degree Application, commonly known as CODA.

Colleges and Departments advertise minimum and/or preferred requirements for entrance into a major. Meeting all minimum and preferred requirements does not guarantee that a student will be accepted into that major. Students should strive to make themselves competitive candidates for the major they hope to pursue. The CODA deadlines and application are all located on the CODA website.

Click here for screenshots of the CODA application.

Undergraduate Coordinators of Advising

Another helpful resource for students interested in changing their major or adding another major is the Undergraduate Coordinators of Advising website. It is a great idea for students to reach out to the coordinator of the major they are interested in and schedule a meeting to learn more and ask their questions. Encourage students to come prepared to those meetings.

Virtual Advisor

The Virtual Advisor is a great resource for students to submit advising questions.

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