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Academic Programs and Services

University College 

300 Park Shops
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone: 919-515-3037 Fax: 919-515-4416

Michael D. Mullen, Vice Chancellor and Dean

At NC State, student success is our priority. We challenge students to think bigger, to find innovative solutions for real-world problems. Our rigorous coursework and on-campus resources provide students with the tools they need to excel. The University College was designed to bring all of the academic services in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs into one centralized entity.

Academic Advising Services (AAS)

2751 Cates Avenue
FYC Commons
NC State Box #7925
Raleigh, NC  27695-7925
Phone:  919-515-8130  Fax:  919-515-8267

Carrie McLean, Assistant Dean

Academic Advising Services (AAS) offers face-to-face, telephone, virtual, and email academic advising to NC State University degree seeking students who are exploring a change of major or needing advising assistance as they transition to a new major. Cross-curricular academic advisors rotate through a daily walk-in schedule.  AAS advisors provide current  information on general education, declaring majors and/or minors, and academic policies.  Students who need long-term advising assistance may request to transfer into AAS (undesignated status) and be assigned to an AAS advisor.  AAS offers a Career Exploration and Development course for students who need a structured major exploration experience.  AAS also maintains an extensive and up-to-date advising FAQ database on the AAS webpage, a great resource for all students and advisors.

Academic Support Program for Student Athletes

200 Case Academic Center
240 Jeter Drive
Campus Box 7104
Raleigh, NC  27695-7104
Phone:  919-515-2464  Fax:  919-515-1619

Katie Graham, Assistant Dean

The  Office of Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA)  is a comprehensive support program that strives to meet the academic, personal and  professional development needs of all student-athletes, promoting  excellence and effectiveness in undergraduate and graduate education as well as leadership and civic engagement.

ASPSA  is committed to extending the educational experience of its constituency with particular emphasis on empowering student-athletes to become strong self advocates, providing specialized initiatives to  facilitate a smooth transition from high school to college and from college to professional life while successfully integrating  student-athletes into the campus community; enhancing academic skills for student-athletes at all skill levels and providing academic support  personalized to the needs of each student-athlete.

ASPSA will maintain a strong sense of integrity and will continue to strive to be one of the benchmark programs for academic support for all collegiate academic support programs in the nation.
The mission of the Office of Academic Support Program for Student Athletes at NC State University is:

  1. to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of NC State student-athletes;
  2. to provide a comprehensive support system that affords NC State student-athletes equitable opportunity to pursue academic, personal, and  professional development and
  3. to strongly adhere to the principles of integrity, excellence, and lifelong learning.

Summer START

204 Park Shops
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone:  919-513-1883

Ginny Shepherd, Summer START Coordinator

Summer START is designed to assist new incoming students with the transition to NC State University through five weeks of academic courses and campus involvement.  This program provides a strong introduction to the culture of NC State and to the city of Raleigh.  Summer START is a small but diverse living and learning experience with students represented from 8 different countries, 11 different states and all 10 undergraduate colleges at NC State.  Summer START works closely with each college to ensure students will be enrolled in academic courses towards their specific curriculum to get them on the accelerated path to graduation.  In addition to up to eight credit hours of university coursework, many optional academic, recreational, service, leadership and involvement opportunities are planned throughout the week and weekends to help students acclimate to NC State's campus. Co-curricular, college based, leadership, and service programs are planned throughout the week and on the weekends.

College Advising Corps (CAC)

211 Park Shops,  NC State Box 7105

Raleigh, NC  27695-7105
Phone:  919-515-5247, Fax: 919-515-4416

Patti Baynes, Program Manager

In 2014, the College Advising Corps launched a partnership with the John M. Belk Endowment to expand to partner institutions in North Carolina.  With over 685,000 rural students, North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of rural students in the nation.  With significant need to increase college access for high school students in rural North Carolina and the substantial impact the Advising Corps had already demonstrated in rural North Carolina, the partnership with the Belk Endowment allowed the Advising Corps to partner with four of North Carolina's top Higher Education institutions.

"The NC State College Advising Corp is extending educational opportunities to all students."

The NC State College Advising Corps was launched the summer of 2014, starting with nine advisors serving nine high schools.  The program, with 21 advisors, now serves over 14,000 students in 21 high schools, spanning across 10 different rural counties in North Carolina.  As recent graduates of NC State, the advisors are placed in under-served, rural high schools to assist students who may not have seen college as a possibility.  They are often the key resources for students to persist in their education beyond high school and become mentors within the school setting.  Further, the NC State College Advisors serves as a role model for service and an expressive voice of the importance of an educated workforce.

Disability Services Office (DSO)

2221 Student Health Center 
NC State Box 7509
Raleigh, NC  27695-7509
Phone:  919-515-7653 

Mark Newmiller, Director

The Disability Services Office (DSO) collaborates with students to determine reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity. The DSO works with departments throughout the University to assure that the programs and facilities are accessible to every student at NC State.

NC State is committed to providing all students with equal access to educational programs, services and activities.   Students who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical or systemic) are invited to contact the DSO to arrange a confidential discussion at 919-515-7653 or


116A Bragaw Residence Hall
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC  27695-7105
Phone 919-515-4046 Fax: 919-515-4416

Meghan Lobsinger, Director

The EcoVillage, located in Bragaw Hall welcomes students from all majors, thereby creating an interdisciplinary education experience that prepares students for life-long sustainable living!  Students go beyond the classroom to lead, serve, create, problem-solve and engage in complex issues facing the local and global energy and environmental challenges of society to advance sustainability.

The EcoVillage focuses on uniting students around the central goal of sustainable living and awareness.  The EcoVillage broadly defines sustainability to include everything from agriculture and energy consumption, to transportation and recycling.

The EcoVillage provides unique experience allowing students to face the energy and environmental challenges of society.  Beyond the classroom, members of the EcoVillage engage with faculty, facilities staff and sustainability staff to explore local, regional and global approaches to advance sustainability.

Exploratory Studies

2751 Cates Avenue
University College Commons
NC State Box 7925
Raleigh, NC 27
Phone: 919-515-8130 Fax: 919-515-8267

Kim Outing, Director
Carrie McLean, Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Advising

Exploratory Studies provides a comprehensive first year experience for students who want to learn about NC State's many academic programs, choose the right major, and graduate on time.  Established in 1995 as the First Year College, the program has developed a nationally-recognized model for successfully working with exploratory students.  The key components of the program include personal, one-on-one academic and career advising, a two-semester orientation course and the Exploratory Studies Village.
Cross-curricula, developmental advising is the hallmark of Exploratory Studies and the reason why Exploratory Studies students can take a year to explore majors without extending their time to degree completion.

Exploratory Studies students meet with their advisor at least twice each semester for one-on-one advising, and they also see their advisor weekly in the required Exploratory Studies orientation course, which meets weekly in the fall and spring semesters.  This class offers an introduction to University programs, resources, opportunities, and policies and provides a space for structured exploration of self, majors, and careers. The Exploratory Studies Village ofers residents additinal opportunities in support of the program goals, upper class Exploratory Studies Resident Mentors, and an active, vibrant community of first year students.  Exploratory Studies students may also take advantage of  free tutoring offered by the program, leadership opportunities, and special sections of general education courses that are linked with select sections of the Exploratory Studies course.

Fellowship Advising Office
204 Clark Hall
NC State Box 8610
Raleigh, NC  27695-8610
Phone:  919-515-2237  Fax: 919-513-439

Tiffany Kershner - Coordinator

The Fellowship Advising Office (FAO) provides a variety of services to NC State students and alumni.  Some of these services include:

  • Providing information on fellowship opportunities and application procedures
  • Reviewing and critiquing application essays and statements
  • Providing institutional endorsements for applicants who receive the campus nomination (for those fellowships that require nominations)
  • Submitting application materials on behalf of applicants
  • Staging mock interviews for applicants selected for regional interviews

The FAO Advisor works with students interested in applying for these and many other prestigious national fellowships. We encourage you to search our website for fellowship opportunities. Once you have identified fellowships that interest you, please make an appointment to discuss these opportunities with the Fellowship Advisor.

First Year Inquiry Program (FYI)

300 Park Shops
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone: 919-515-3037 Fax: 919-515-4416

Barbara Kirby, Associate Vice Provost
The First Year Inquiry Program (FYI) is designed specifically for first year students who take general education courses during their first year at NC State. Each FYI course, which is designated with the “Q” suffix, fulfills a general education program (GEP) requirement. FYI faculty, for whom teaching and student success are priorities, engage FYI students through the use of “inquiry-guided” teaching methods. The three student-learning objectives to which the FYI program strives are sharpening of critical and creative thinking skills, enhancing development of intellectual maturity and increasing student responsibility for his or her own learning. Students further benefit from experiencing classes with a small faculty/student ratio that fosters a closer relationship among students and professor.

Global Perspectives Certificate (GPC)

300 Park Shops
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC  27695-7105
Phone:  919-515-3037  Fax:  919-515-4416

Barbara Kirby, Associate Vice Provost

As society, political systems, and economies become interrelated global systems, the need for global awareness is increasingly important.  Students, regardless of academic and social background, need international awareness and experience to be successful members in our global society.  Many businesses, graduate schools, and organizations give priority to applicants who have significant international and foreign language experience.  Knowledge of global cultures is also personally fulfilling, giving way to new perspectives, international contacts, and even lifelong friends.  The goal of the Global Perspectives Certificate is to:

-  recognize students for their international studies and activities and

 -  encourage students to continue their global interests both overseas and within the United States.

All undergraduate degree-seeking students and all majors are welcome, including undergraduate international students.  Upon completion, students will receive an official certificate and a notation on their transcript documenting their global experiences during their studies.  Learn more about the GPC and get started today.

Health and Exercise Studies (HES)

2000 Carmichael Gymnasium
NC State Box 8111
Raleigh, NC  27695-8111
Phone:  919-513-3885  Fax:  919-

Tommy Holden, Department Head and Teaching Professor

All North Carolina State University students are required to complete two credit hours of Health and Exercise Studies (HES) activity courses to meet the University General Education Program (GEP).  Students must take at least one credit hour of a 100-level Health and Exercise Studies course.  100-level activity courses focus on fitness and wellness and can be found with the HESF prefix.  The second credit hour required to fulfill the GEP can be an additional 100-level Health and Exercise Studies activity course or a 200-level activity course, which focuses on skill-acquisition.  Students may choose a class that offers a familiar skill, or may opt to experience a new activity.  Students with disabiling conditions will be assisted by the department of Health and Exercise Studies, Student Health Service, and the Disability Services Office to help choose appropriate classes.  Only "activity" courses, not elective "lecture" courses, may be used to satisy the NC State GEP HES requirement.  Students have the option of taking HES courses on an S/U basis.  For more information, please visit Health ad Exercise Studies website.

Music Department

Price Music Center
2620 Cates Ave
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone:  919-515-2981 – Main Office
Phone:  919-515-4204
Fax:  919-515-1089

Broughton Hall
2601 Katharine Stinson Dr.
Campus Box 7311
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-1064 – Main Office
Fax:  919-515-1089

Daniel Monek, Department Head

The Music Department provides educational and performance opportunities for student and community participants through a variety of musical experiences and academic courses. The department also serves as a cultural resource for the University and the greater community through performances and presentations offered by our students, our student/community groups, and by our faculty.

The Music Department provides a responsive and innovative music education to all NC State students as an essential expression of the human experience.

New Student Programs (NSP)
106 Peele Hall
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC  27695-7105
Phone:  919-515-1234

Michael Coombes, Director

Our Mission: New Student Programs addresses the holistic needs of each new NC State student to create a foundation of success.

Based on the core value that people matter, we achieve this through:

  • Cultivating strategic partnerships across the University
  • Promoting an environment of personal responsibility
  • Fostering inclusivity through a shared campus identity
  • Partnering with parents and families
  • Preparing and empowering student leaders to serve the campus
  • Striving to be innovative in meeting the needs of our community

Our Outcomes: By participating in our programs, students should achieve the outcomes identified below.

  • Objective 1: Academic Success
    Outcome 1a: Identify skills, university and college resources, and policies that promote academic success and engagement in co-curricular learning experiences
  • Objective 2: Connection to Campus
    Outcome 2a: Develop a sense of community with fellow students, faculty and staff by engaging in shared experiences
    Outcome 2b: Recognize the value of the different experiences of individuals within the campus community
  • Objective 3: Community Expectations
    Outcome 3a: Examine the role of personal responsibility as it applies to the university’s academic and behavioral expectations and policies
    Outcomes 3b: Identify behaviors and resources that promote personal and community well-being and safety
  • Objective 4: Transition to the University Environment
    Outcome 4a: Demonstrate the ability to navigate the day-to-day functions of collegiate life by utilizing the available resources
  • Objective 5: Student Leader Development
    Outcome 5a: Apply effective leadership skills in interactions with students, families, New Student Programs staff, and campus partners
    Outcome 5b: Utilize knowledge of campus to address the transitional needs of new students and families

ROTC - Department of Aerospace Studies - Air Force
3223 Broughton Hall
NC State Box 7308
Raleigh, NC  27695-7308
Phone:  919-515-2417
Fax:  919-515-4456

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Onan
Commander and Department Chair

Our faculty of professors are active duty officers from diverse professional backgrounds that enrich the learning environment.

The AFROTC program at NC State University is geared toward students who desire to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. However, any NC State student or one of our four crosstown colleges who wish to learn about the U.S. Air Force (USAF) can take any Air Force ROTC course with no obligation or commitment. All students who complete the Aerospace Studies academic program of study with a minimum of 15 hours in aerospace studies are eligible to receive a Aerospace Studies minor.

The four-year AFROTC program that leads to a commission as a U.S. Air Force Officer allows freshmen to enroll in Aerospace Studies courses in the same manner as other college courses for the first two years. It is during this time a student may join the program and become an Air Force ROTC cadet. All cadets must be attending college in “full time” status. Aerospace Studies courses are taken as free electives and cadets incur no military obligation unless they are receiving an AFROTC scholarship. The first two years in the AFROTC program are called the General Military Course (GMC) during which cadets learn the basics of military discipline, followership, and begin preparation for field training. The last two years of AFROTC comprise the Professional Officer Course (POC) where cadets lead each other through a time-tested leadership laboratory training environment that instills both character and leadership skills needed in preparation for life as an active duty officer. The pinnacle training event for AFROTC occurs in the summer between the sophomore (AS200) and junior (AS300) year when a cadet attends intense field training held at Maxwell AFB, Alabama and Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

For exceptionally qualified cadets, the four-year program can be compressed to as little as two and one half years for those who do not complete all four AS100 and AS 200-level courses (AS 121 The Foundation of the United States Air Force I and AS 221 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I are offered in the fall semester, AS 122 The Foundations of the United States Air Force II and AS 222 The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II are offered in the spring semester) while enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. Interested students must contact the Professor of Aerospace Studies to determine eligibility requirements.

Cadets at every level have numerous opportunities to further their knowledge of the Air Force and develop leadership. Throughout the school year, cadets have opportunities to examine all aspects of life in the Air Force and gain leadership experience through Air Force base visits, flying opportunities, and social activities. Additionally, a variety of summer programs allow cadets to visit bases and participate in programs such as the US Air Force Academy Free Fall program, manned glider training, and worldwide cultural immersion programs. POC cadets have similar opportunities, with focus on programs related to the cadet’s desired active duty career area, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Upon university graduation and satisfactory completion of the Air Force ROTC program, a cadet is commissioned a second lieutenant in the USAF and is obligated to serve a minimum of four years on active duty.  View the NC State Air Force ROTC website.

ROTC - Department of Military Science - Army
1216 Broughton Hall
NC State Box 7309
Raleigh, NC  27695-7309
Phone:  919-513-0189
Fax:  919-515-2070 

MAJ Timothy Hudson

The mission of the Army ROTC Program is to train college men and women to become commissioned officers in sufficient numbers to meet Active Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard requirements.  The Army ROTC Program consists of a voluntary Basic Course (freshmen and sophomore level) and a two-year Advanced Course (junior and senior level) that includes a four-week Cadet Leaders Course in the summer prior to the senior year.  One may enter the Advanced Course with participating in the Basic Course by any of the following methods:  Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP):  Members of the Reserve or National Guard units may take advantage of this program and, if accepted, enroll directly into the Advanced Course.  SMP participants will be assigned to a unit near NC State or home for part-time monthly officer training and will receive the ROTC Advanced Course subsistence payment of $450 per month for juniors and $500 per month for seniors, plus approximately $200 per month for the one weekend of Reserve or Guard training.  In addition, two weeks of Annual Training will be required for which the individual will receive full pay; Prior Service:  Service veterans are eligible for placement into the Advanced Course; Leader's Training Course (LTC):  Succesful completion of the four-week basic summer camp, held at Ft. Knox, Kentucky is an alternative to the Basic Course.  Students with strong academic credentials may receive a scholarship after completing this course; Transfer Credit: Students entering as transfer students from other institutions may receive credit for work completed at other Senior ROTC units; Junior ROTC:  Students who participated in a Junior ROTC in  high school may receive placement credit as determined by the Professor of Military Science.

All full-time freshmen and sophomores may enroll in any Military Science Basic Course offering without obligation to the Army.  To be eligible for participation in the Advanced Course, applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate satisfactory performance in the Basic Course.  Additionally, applicants for commissioning must be able to be commissioned by their 30th birthday.  An age waiver may be obtained as long as the individual will be commissioned prior to his/her 32nd birthday.  A student must have a minimum of two years remaining as a full-time student at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

ROTC - Department of Naval Sciences - Navy

4174 Broughton Hall
NC State Box #7310
Raleigh, NC  27695-7310
Phone:  919-515-2757
Fax:  919-515-6215


CAPT Stephen Gillespie, USN
Professor of Naval Science

The purpose of the department of Naval Science is to develop midshipmen and enlisted officer candidates mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as Navy and Marine officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval services, and have a potentail for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and govenment.

There are two NROTC programs leading to a commission as a Navy or Marine Officer upon graduation:  The Scholarship Program and the College Program.

The Scholarship Program leads to a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. For students who receive a Navy/Marine Corps scholarship, the Navy will pay tuition and fees, provide a $375 book allowance each semester, supply uniforms, and pay a monthly tax-free subsistence allowance (currently $250 to $400 on a graduated scale; refer to the NROTC website for updates), to help defray the cost of normal board at the University. During the summers between school years, Navy scholarship students receive approximately 4 weeks of at-sea training conducted on ships, submarines, or aviation squadrons. For select students, training with mobile Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD)/SEAL teams is also possible during the summer prior to their senior year. Marine scholarship students participate in a Mountain Warfare Training course between sophomore and junior year and complete Marine Officer Candidate School between their junior and senior year. The minimum active duty obligation following graduation for scholarship students is five years but can vary greatly depending on the warfare community a student commissions into.

For those students who are interested in a commission and do not desire a scholarship, or for those who are seeking an opportunity to qualify for a scholarship after entering NC State, the College Program is available. Selection for the College Program is made from students already enrolled at NC State with applications being accepted and considered by the staff of the NROTC unit. Students enrolled in the College Program are provided uniforms and Naval Science textbooks. College Program students compete for selection to continue NROTC as “Advanced Standing” students at the end of their sophomore year. Selection is based on academic and demonstrated professional performance. Those selected for Advanced Standing receive a monthly subsistence allowance during the final two years of the program (refer to the NROTC website for amounts). College Program midshipmen participate in a single summer training cruise between the junior and senior year. Except for administrative differences, no distinction is made between Scholarship and College Program midshipmen. The minimum active duty commitment following graduation for College Program students is three years but can vary based on the warfare community a student commissions into.

Students in the College Program are eligible to compete for merit based scholarships annually.  If selected for a merit based scholarship, the student would begin their next academic year on a full scholarship, identical to the Scholarship Program description above.

The Two-Year Scholarship Program offers an opportunity to participate in NROTC in the final two years of University study. This program is offered only intermittently by the Navy and may or may not be available during any given year.

Applications for this program must be completed by early Spring prior to the starting year. Upon selection, the candidate attends a six-week training course at Newport, Rhode Island, during the summer between the sophomore and junior years so that he or she may receive instruction in the Naval Science subjects normally covered in the first two years at NC State. Participants in this training course receive uniforms, room and board, and officer candidate pay during the summer period and, upon satisfactory completion of training, enter the NROTC program as third year students. The application process can be time consuming. In order to meet the Spring deadline, students are encouraged to contact the Department of Naval Science before December 1 of their sophomore year.

Graduates of the Navy program are commissioned as Ensigns and are selected to serve in one of the Navy’s front line warfare communities (Surface Warfare, Submarine/Nuclear Power, Pilot, Naval Flight Officer, Special Operations/EOD, or Special Warfare/SEAL). Graduates of the Marine program are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and attend the Marine Officer Basic School at Quantico, Virginia where they select their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

In addition to the courses taken for University credit, midshipmen attend leadership laboratory and physical training each week. At the completion of the four-year period students will have earned enough credit to apply for a minor in Naval Science.

Further information regarding application for and admission into the NC State Naval ROTC may be obtained on campus in Room 4165 Broughton Hall, by writing to the Professor of Naval Science, Campus Box 7310, NC State, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7310 or by contacting the unit recruiting officer, LT Anthony Scalabrino at 919-515-6218 or via E-mail at

TRIO Programs

20 Enterprise Street, Suite 2
NC State Box 7317
Raleigh, NC  27695-7317
Phone:  919-515-4577, Fax: 919-515-4581

Marsha Pharr, Executive Director

The TRIO Programs are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to serve under resourced individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

The Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs serve pre-college level students.  Talent Search serves grades 6-12 and Upward Bound serves 9-12 while the Student Support Services  and the Student Support Services STEM Programs support enrolled undergraduate NC State University students. These programs utilize a holistic approach in providing academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support services necessary for educational access, persistence and degree completion.

Student Support Programs (SSS & SSS-STEM)
NC State Box 7105
Raleigh, NC  27695-7105

Phone: 919-513-7774

Courtney Simpson, Director

NC State University TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program and Student Support Services STEM (SSS-STEM) strive to encourage and enhance educational opportunities for undergraduate students by providing academic and personal support to enhance academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and as appropriate, facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs.  TRiO SSS and SSS-STEM provide opportunities for academic and personal development by assisting students with college requirements, motivating students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education and promoting graduate school enrollment through individualized coaching and tutoring at no cost to the student.  The TRiO SSS and SSS-STEM Programs serve 260 students annually.

Undergraduate Courses and Curricula and Academic Standards

211A Park Shops
NC State Box 7105 
Raleigh, NC 27695-7105
Phone: 919-515-9769 Fax: 919-515-4416

Li Marcus, Director

The Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula and Academic Standards manages the implementation of the General Education Program (GEP) and the approval of all undergraduate course and curricula offerings at NC State. The office also maintains related guidelines, instructions, forms, and archives. The office serves as a point of contact for on-campus as well as off-campus entities and works directly with the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC-GA), the University Courses and Curricula Committee (UCCC), the Council on Undergraduate Education (CUE), Registration and Records, the Colleges, and the Office of the Provost regarding undergraduate course and curricula related matters.

Undergraduate Research (OUR)

211T Park Shops
NC State Box 7576
Raleigh, NC 27695-7576
Phone: 919-513-0095 Fax: 919-513-7542

Chris Ashwell, Director

The office of Undergraduate Research supports and promotes excellent undergraduate opportunities in discovery-, inquiry- and creativity-based scholarship through mentored research experiences with NC State faculty and other national and international scholars and professionals. Undergraduate Research is scholarly study in any discipline in which independent scholarship culminates in advancements in science, technology, engineering, business, the arts, or humanities. Any student chosen by a mentor may participate in undergraduate research. Students from any discipline can engage in the excitement of scholarly research and present their work at quarterly symposia. Research and travel grants are available. 

University Tutorial Center (UTC)

101 Park Shops
NC State Box 7118
Raleigh, NC 27695-7118
Phone: 919-515-3163 Fax: 919-515-4416

Barbara B. Windom, Director

The University Tutorial Center provides free academic assistance to NC State undergraduate students enrolled for credit in many challenging 100- and 200- level math, physics, and chemistry classes. Several types of assistance are available that are designed to best meet the students’ needs, including tutoring by appointment, group tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). In addition, Writing and Speaking consultations are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.  They provide assistance to all students who need help at any stage of the writing process in the English language.  

Students are eligible to become a tutor for the UTC if they have an established GPA of 3.25 or better and least a B+ in the course(s) they wish to tutor. All new tutors are required to take USC 210, Introduction to College Tutoring, during the first semester of employment. All tutors are trained in techniques that are designed to help students become independent learners.

University Honors Program (UHP)

219 Clark Hall
NC State Box 8610
Raleigh, NC 27695-8610
Phone: 919-513-4078 Fax: 919-513-4392

Sue Carson, Interim Executive Director

The University Honors Program (UHP) is a highly selective academic program that seeks to provide a transformative liberal learning experience which empowers students to critically engage meaningful problems in the world.  Students in the program directly participate in knowledge-building and creative activities of the NC State faculty and are encouraged and enabled to craft for themselves a unique undergraduate education that draws on the full range of opportunities that exist at a major research, land-grant university such as NC State.

Application to the University Honors Program is by invitation only. Incoming freshmen are invited to apply after they have been accepted to the University. All invitations are issued on a rolling basis throughout the University’s admissions process (typically mid-December through February). If you do not receive an invitation, but believe you are a strong candidate for the University Honors Program, you can contact the UHP office and request an invitation to apply. Admission is competitive and based on evidence of motivation to pursue research and scholarship in the discipline, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and our desire to maintain an Honors community that includes students from a diversity of academic disciplines. Current NC State students may also request an invitation to apply.  

The curricular core of the UHP is the HON seminars, which are small, intensive, graduate-style, interdisciplinary courses designed to expose students to how multiple disciplines approach and try to solve problems.  University Honors Program students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours of HON seminars (generally one per semester in their first two years).  These seminars are taught by some of the most innovative professors at NC State.  The UHP also offers experiential learning courses that enable them to earn credit for activities such as working with a faculty member on a project or with a local museum to create educational materials for a new exhibit.  The other major curricular dimension of the UHP is the Capstone project, which is a 6-credit-hour, 2 semester long independent research project, conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  The Capstone is the culmination of a student's NC State and University Honors Program experience, because it is the process through which students truly move from being knowledge consumers to knowledge producers.  The Capstone requires that a student articulate a problem or issue of interest and then use the tools and methods of their discipline in order to make a new discovery.

The Honors Village is a collaborative partnership between the University Honors Program and University Housing.  The mission of the Honors Village is to create a community of young scholars which is engaged in the societal issues, provide opportunities for growth, and is grounded in critical scholarship.  The Honors Village advances the UHP's mission of engaged learning and research in the discipline through creating opportunities for students to become curious, informed, and critically-minded.  The community boasts representation from all colleges and all academic years (Freshman through Senior) and is home to NC State's longest standing Scholar in Residence Program.  The Honors Village is located in the historic renovated Quad residence halls on East Campus.

The Honors experience at NC State includes Honors Programs located in the colleges and departments.  Students are invited to participate in these programs at various times, depending upon the specific program (generally the second semester of the sophomore year or first semester of the junior year).  Many of the students in the University Honors Program are also participants in one or more of the college or departmental Honors Programs.

University Scholars Program (USP)

Sullivan Hall
Campus Box 7316
Raleigh, NC  27695-7316
Phone:  919-515-2353

Sean Cassidy, Senior Associate Director

Throughout history, men and women have been empowered by imagination, faith, curiosity, a sense of adventure, and an awe of the world around them. They have been emboldened by a willingness to take personal risks in order to explore the secrets of the unknown.  They have stretched the dimensions of our frontiers in ways that are extraordinary... and the exploration to uncover the truths of the universe, both great and small, continues.

The University Scholars Program invites talented, creative, curious students to join us at NC State for a fun and exciting adventure that will lead to a lifetime of knowledge in action.

"The great end of Life is not knowledge – but action."  Thomas Huxley.  Huxley was right, and the University Scholars Program (USP) of North Carolina State University embraces this challenge: To introduce students to the visual and performing arts, to encourage them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, to offer them opportunities to connect their academic and personal goals, and through these experiences empower them to be informed citizens, ethical leaders, and active contributors to our society. This mission provides the foundation for our program objectives:

  • Promote the personal, intellectual, and cultural development of University Scholars.
  • Foster community and promote student learning, reflection, and service.
  • Promote an inclusive environment by supporting a diversity of people, cultures, and perspectives.
  • Encourage students to discuss and debate social and political issues to help them become informed citizens, ethical leaders, and active contributors to our society.
  • Encourage students to develop a commitment to civil and thoughtful discourse which respects divergent views and diverse experiences, seeks multiple and competing sources of information when analyzing complex issues, and values the ability to articulate a viewpoint with evidence and clarity.
  • Provide University Scholars with opportunities for leadership and professional development.
  • Encourage academic excellence and a commitment to advanced and independent academic inquiry among University Scholars.


Vice Chancellor and Dean

Michael D. Mullen
Vice Chancellor and Dean

Associate Vice Provost

Barbara M. Kirby
Associate Vice Provost

Carrie Zelna

Environmental Sciences

2231 Jordan Hall
NC State Box 8008
Raleigh, NC 27695-8008
Phone: 515-5780

William E. Winner, Director -

Environmental sciences, in the broadest sense, is the study of the relationships between humans and nature.  Using basic knowledge about the world's environmental systems produces the basis for innovation leading to sustainable socio-economic development.  Environmental sciences use interdisciplinary approaches that link natural science and social science disciplines.  Such interdisciplinary approaches are essential for understanding changes in a rapidly changing world, and for understanding our past, present, and future.  Environmental scientists will help ensure human prospects by improving both socio-economic development and environmental quality through innovation in new technologies and policies.

Public interest about environmental issues is increasing.  Protecting and improving the environment involves knowledge and systematic problem-solving skills that are essential for environmental sciences.  North Carolina State University's environmental sciences degree program provides sound, individualized academic programs for students who can develop a wide range of careers.  In addition, students can pursue post-graduate academic programs in areas such as environmental law, business, environmental education, and traditional masters and PhD graduate degrees.  Successful completion of the B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences prepares students for careers and personal lives in a rapidly changing world.

Specific curriculum requirements are available on the Registration and Records website.