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Special Academic Programs

Cooperative Education Program

This optional program is structured so that students will alternate semesters of study with semesters of practical work as sophomores and juniors. Academic work is spread over a three-year period to permit alternating academic semesters with work-experience semesters. Students earn a salary while they are in industry. This income can prove useful in offsetting college expenses. The Co-op plan can be completed in five years, during which time the student receives 12 to 18 months of industrial experience.

Students in all curricula may apply for the Co-op program if they have a grade point average of 2.5 or better. Application for admission into the Co-op program should be made early in the spring semester of the freshman year, however, it will be considered during the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year. Undesignated students must be admitted into a degree program prior to beginning the first Co-op assignment. Further information may be obtained from the Cooperative Education Program, 2100 Pullen Hall.

NC State University offers undergraduate students formal opportunities for valuable experiential learning through the STEP (Short-Term Experiential Partnership) Program. STEP is an educational option that allows students to gain real workplace experience in corporate settings, schools, hospitals, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The STEP Program is open to all NC State undergraduate students who are in good academic standing. Further information may be obtained from the Career Development Center, 2100 Pullen Hall. 


The Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program (PMP) is a student advisory program that targets first-year African American, Native American, and Hispanic students. The program, founded in 1982, recognizes the challenges first-year students face as they embark upon this new and vastly different segment of their lives. PMP acknowledges the complexity of this situation for minority students, particularly on a predominately white campus. The primary objective of the Peer Mentor Program is to ease this situation by contributing to and aiding in the adjustment of these students to the academic, emotional and social aspects of college life. From a broadened perspective, the program aims to increase and maintain the enrollment and retention of minority students, ensuring that each student maximizes his/her potential.

African American, Native American, and Hispanic upperclassmen are selected as mentors through an application and interview process and are subsequently paired with one to three first-year students. In general, the mentor maintains close contact throughout the year with his/her mentee(s) and acts as a “big brother/sister,” advisor and oftentimes, as a friend. Whenever possible, freshmen are paired with upperclassmen enrolled in the same major and/or college. Through training seminars, a mandatory course and personal experience, peer mentors are prepared to assist first-year students with problems, questions and situations that may arise, or refer them to the appropriate university resources. Ultimately, the peer mentor works to ensure a smooth transition from high school to the college environment. Though it is impossible to determine all of the many benefits of the program for each individual, the Peer Mentor Program remains rewarding, both intrinsically and extrinsically, for first-year students as well as mentors.

This program is coordinated by The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, call (919) 515-3835 for more information.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions for students in selected sections of historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. At each session, students are guided through material by an SI leader, a competent student who has previously taken the course. Three or four sessions are offered at various times each week, usually during the late afternoon and early evening. Attendance is voluntary. A schedule of sessions can be found on the SI website.